Polk soccer loses to Thomas Jefferson 2-1

Published 9:25 am Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Polk senior Peyton Habenicht rushes for the ball during the game Saturday, April 30 against Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy. The varsity team lost 2-1. (photo by Fulton Hampton)

In a rare weekend game, the Lady Wolverines soccer team played host to Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy at the Polk Middle School on April 30.
The day got off to a good start for the Wolverines as the JV girls won 10-0. The scoring was capped off by starting goalie Brea Hamby, who scored the final goal after being moved to forward.
The varsity team, however, lost a close battle in overtime, 2-1. The game began with early offensive intensity by the Wolverines, but the Thomas Jefferson defense repelled the onslaught.
Thomas Jefferson was quick to counter and was the first team to breakthrough on a shot that curved and went inches above Polk goalie Donna Every’s outstretched fingertips. At the half Thomas Jefferson was up 1-0.
Polk’s senior leaders stepped up in the second half, as Brittany Phipps knocked in the equalizer with 34:19 remaining in regulation. Another senior, Peyton Habenicht, saved the game for the Wolverines with a slide tackle to prevent a 1 on 0 for the Thomas Jefferson forward.
With the suspense and tension rising, Thomas Jefferson’s head coach got a yellow card for harassing the refs and questioning their decisions. At the end of regulation the game was tied 1-1.
In the first half of OT, Thomas Jefferson again broke through the Wolverines defense and scored. Some observers felt the Thomas Jefferson player was offside, but the line judge failed to make the call.
The Wolverines rallied, putting an enormous amount of pressure on Thomas Jefferson in the last minutes of overtime, but to no avail. The Wolverines fell 2-1.
Polk looks to rebound Monday, May 2 against Owen.

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