A tie, as former Michigan State football coach Duffy Daugherty was fond of saying, is like kissing your sister.
Wednesday night, though, those sisters sure looked good to one another as visiting Lexington Catholic rallied for a 1-1 draw against Tates Creek in a cross-town clash of ranked girls' soccer teams.
"I was hoping we could get another one in there," said Kelly O'Brien, who scored Catholic's goal with 26:09 left. "But I'm happy with the tie for right now."
Opportunities were few as both teams played stout defense.
"That's how it should be," said Destinie Graves, who tallied for Tates Creek with 19:19 left in the first half. "Two Lexington schools with a past. We've been going at it for years like this, and it's fun. It's good."
No. 10 Creek (8-6-2) had the better chances early on.
Graves finally connected for her team-leading 13th goal. Her shot, from 10 yards out on the right wing, was set up by a pass from Shelby Williams. Graves put her shot inside the far post.
"Everyone starts to freak out because you have to work on first touches and stuff," Graves said of playing a tough opponent. "It's the silly things that everyone messes up on.
"Your nerves start going, the fans get going, the coaches start yelling. At that point, you just have to keep your cool and calm down, and play your game."
No. 18 Catholic (5-6-3) got a similar goal from O'Brien, who was assisted by Mary Beth Gorham. O'Brien's shot was from a bit farther, though, near the 18-yard line.
"They spread it out a lot (on defense), but with three forwards up top we have to keep high pressure," O'Brien said. "So, eventually, we got on our game."
After a 2-5-2 start on a murderer's row of a schedule, the Lady Knights had won three of four matches going into Wednesday's match. The lone loss in that stretch came on penalty kicks against top-ranked Elizabethtown.
"I think we're playing a lot better and finally getting into things," O'Brien said. "Everyone's communicating more during the game. No more mess-ups."
Four of Catholic's six losses have come to teams ranked in Kentucky's top seven. Another came to a top 25 team, and the other was to the No. 7 team in Indiana.
"The girls responded in the second half," Catholic Coach Terry Quigley said. "It was a back-and-forth game and I think the score indicates the play of the game, so it was good.
"We're playing fine right now. We've got to get better, though."
Quigley used two goalkeepers — Kate Fitzgerald and Sara Youkilis.
The Lady Commodores, with Arly Lankster in goal, were especially strong on the back line.
"We've been retooling our defense and playing some different players," Coach Bo Lankster said. "And they really, at times tonight, played just stellar. Good ball-striking and stayed connected.
"Any time that you can get a result against a Catholic team — a 1-1 game — we'll take that. They've been playing really good soccer. ... We'll take the draw tonight."Lexington Catholic 1, Tates Creek 1
Goals — LC: Kelly O'Brien; TC: Destinie Graves. Goalkeepers — LC: Kate Fitzgerald, Sara Youkilis; TC: Arly Lankster. Records — LC 5-6-3; TC 8-6-2.