BRENTWOOD — Allison Kirchhoff left her feet and stretched her arms in a way that looked like she was trying to grab the crossbar.

The Father Ryan goalkeeper's leaping save stopped a powerful shot by Brentwood star and Kentucky commit Haley Hannah.

"Every time she does those I get excited," her twin sister Emma Kirchhoff said.

This is how it's been the past four years with the Kirchhoff twins sharing space on Father Ryan’s roster — big plays, big moments and lots of memories.

Their favorite story is a good one, set against the backdrop of last year’s Division II-AA state championship game. Father Ryan won in dramatic fashion over GPS. The same opposing player drew yellow cards against Allison and Emma before being ejected.

"It was an intense game," Emma said.

The Kirchhoffs are helping anchor Father Ryan's defense as seniors, with back-to-back state championships — twin titles — as the ultimate goal.

Soccer has been their sport of choice ever since their dad David trained them to play at age 3.

"We've definitely had our moments out here," Allison said.

Emma interjected: "Times when we've been frustrated with each other too."

Let them explain.

"It's usually because I'm a defender and she's a goalie," Emma said.

"Like sometimes I'll get mad if she doesn't play it back to me," Allison said. "But I think now that we're older we've learned to play better together."

Sibling rivalries never really die.

This one is friendly and productive for the Irish (4-3-2). Emma has been a shutdown defender this season, coach Robin Dietrich said.

"If we didn't have that, we'd be struggling," he added. "Having them out there helps a lot. They and our other center back, Kinsten Evans, have all been playing together on the same (club) team or against each other for years. There's a good chemistry back there right now with that group."

In Tuesday’s non-region game, Brentwood erupted for two goals in the final 10 minutes — the second score coming unassisted from Emma Majors on an impressively deep shot — to forge a tie with the Irish.

Father Ryan's starting defense had pitched a shutout to that point. There are still a few things to clean up with the playoffs less than a month away, Dietrich said, but defense has largely been a strength for the Irish.

The Kirchhoffs are right in the thick of it.

“They do seem to play off each other,” Dietrich said.

Tyler Palmateer covers high school sports for Main Street Nashville. A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Palmateer has covered high school and college sports for nearly a decade. Find him on Twitter @tpalmateer83.

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