Although sister kissers are sometimes a fact of prep soccer life, the dead knots leave players and fans from both teams frustrated and irritated.
Such was the situation Sept. 15 on the Rumsey Park field, where the Payson Longhorns and Snowflake Lobos tied 1-1 in double overtime.
If the game had been a true East region contest, a shoot out would have been called for following the OT's. Then, one team would have departed Rumsey celebrating a "W" and the other bemoaning an "L".
Since Payson and Snowflake are both members of the East region, most fans on hand thought a shoot out would be called for.
But, that particular game had not been designated a region clash on schedules. Rather an Oct. 10 meeting between the two rivals will go down in the standings as the region encounter. That game will be played in Snowflake.
Which means, the sister kisser in Payson was probably nothing more than a chance for the two teams to feel one another out and gain valuable playing experience.
In the clash, Snowflake scored early in the first half, only to watch Payson come back to tie the score 1-1 on a goal by Brandon Ford.
Throughout the remainder of the game and the two extra periods, the two teams battled on even terms.
Much of the credit to holding the Lobos in check goes to goalie Anthony Pearce.
"He blocked shot after shot, played a great game," coach Chad Gower said.
With the tie, the Longhorns record now stands at 5-3-1.
Next up is a rematch tomorrow, Wednesday, at Rumsey Park against the Round Valley Elks. Game times are 2 (jayvee) and 4 p.m. (varsity). In a previous meeting between the two teams, RV emerged victorious 4-2.
Also on the upcoming agenda in the Payson Invitational to be played Sept. 28 and 29 on two fields at Rumsey Park. Eight teams from around the state will participate.
Payson begins play at 9 a.m. opening day against Valley Lutheran. And plays again at 2 p.m. vs. St. Michaels.