RALEIGH — Thursday evening’s Eastern Plains Independent Conference battle between Grace Christian and Cary Christian ended in an improbable 3-3 tie.
Cary Christian fell behind early, trailing the Eagles 3-0. The Knights cut the lead to 3-1, but soon after one of its players received a red card.
Having to play down one man the rest of the match, Cary Christian still managed to score twice.
“Going a man down, I think Grace played more defensive and we started to attack more,” Cary Christian coach Brian Twidt said. “We kept the ball down in their area a lot more. It was a good game, as we moved the ball around well. They are more of a long ball kind of team, as we like to play small ball, so it’s hard to sometimes match up.”
Th two teams had battled before earlier in the year, as Grace pulled out a narrow 3-2 win over the Knights.
“It has been a great match up between these two teams,”Twidt said. “I think this may be one of the strongest teams (the Eagles) have had.”
“Just going down 3-0 early and then getting one back; it got our hopes up. We just went down mentally early in the game and it was a real hardship to get our guys heads out of it. But they continued to fight through and battled back.”
Cary Christian (6-3-1) is ranked fourth in the state among N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 2A schools while Grace (5-1-1) is sixth.