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Girls' soccer: Late goal gives Tates Creek tie with Henry Clay

Henry Clay's Olivia Max, left, and Tates Creek's Lauren Childs battled for possession of the ball Monday night. Max scored Henry Clay's only goal, but the Creekers came back to tie it.
Henry Clay's Olivia Max, left, and Tates Creek's Lauren Childs battled for possession of the ball Monday night. Max scored Henry Clay's only goal, but the Creekers came back to tie it. Lexington Herald-Leader

To be continued ...

That could have flashed across the field at the end of the girls' soccer game between district rivals Tates Creek and Henry Clay on Monday night.

The two teams, ranked in the top 25 in the state, played to a 1-1 draw after the No. 7 Commodores came from behind and evened it up with 1:18 left at Tates Creek.

There's still plenty more soccer to be played this season before the playoffs start and both teams were reminded how tough it's going to be to get out of their district and region.

"It's anybody's," Henry Clay Coach Mebit Aragaw said of the district. "You've got to show up every night. You can't have an off night."

It looked like Creek was going to be the team having the "off night" as the Devils pulled ahead 1-0 about 11 minutes into the second half.

Olivia Max followed a free kick toward the goal and tipped it in.

For the next 27 minutes, the Devils, who had lost to Tates Creek three straight times, seemed to have things going their way.

Keeper Kayla Price was parallel to the ground as she snagged a potential game-tying goal out of the air with 23 minutes to play.

Price, who has committed to the University of Kentucky, got ahold of another shot four minutes later and collected a Destinie Graves chip shot with two minutes to play.

But Graves wasn't done yet, even though it seemed as if Tates Creek's time had run out.

In the last few minutes, "there's always a little doubt that it might not work out," Creek's Kayla Willis said, "but that's when you have to find it within yourself to work a little harder."

Willis did that and found Graves' head. Then Graves found the goal, this time before Price could get to it. It was only the sixth goal Henry Clay has allowed this season.

"We came back and keep fighting, keep fighting, keep fighting," Commodores Coach Bo Lankster said. "It was a situation where it was right ball, right person, right time."

Willis got to watch it all play out from the 40-yard line where she launched the kick.

"It was amazing," she said. "It's really great. It's a good feeling."

It was a nice feeling for Graves, too.

"I can't even describe the emotion," she said, "it was very awesome."

Aragaw was proud of his team's play. The No. 19 Devils tied a top-10 team and can learn from their one miscue.

"We played 79 good minutes," he said. "One mistake in that last minute. But it's a good lesson at this point in the season."

Lankster was pleased to see his team stay composed enough to earn the tie.

"Tonight was a testament to the fact that they don't like to lose and they were going to do whatever it took to not lose," he said.

These two teams could play maybe two more times this season in the playoffs.

So for now, the rivalry will have to be continued ...

Tates Creek 1, Henry Clay 1

GoalsHC: Olivia Max; TC: Destinie Graves.

GoalkeepersHC: Kayla Price; TC: Arly Lankster.

Records—Henry Clay 7-2-2, Tates Creek 12-2-1.

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