PCHS soccer tops Madison 3-2

Published 10:36 pm Thursday, October 3, 2013

Polk’s No. 6 Bradley Osborn charges down the field. (photos by Mark Schmerling)

Polk’s No. 6 Bradley Osborn charges down the field. (photos by Mark Schmerling)

After missing several scoring chances in the first half, Polk County seemed to play more inspired soccer, overcoming a 1-0 deficit to walk off the field with a 3-2 win over visiting Madison on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

Dylan Weicker scored the game-winner on a penalty kick with 7:28 remaining in the game.

“The good news is that we won,” said head coach Lennox Charles. “We’ve won two in a row.”

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The win, which followed a scoreless first half, puts the Wolverines at 4-8 overall, and 4-2 in the conference. Two of those wins have been over Madison.

The best thing one could say about Polk in the first half is that they kept Madison from scoring. For most of the first half, Polk couldn’t find the mark, though “we had multiple opportunities,” said Charles. “A lot of those were not difficult chances.”

Madison struck first, just into the second half. That seemed to energize the Wolverines, who displayed “more energy and more confidence,” said Charles, who added, “I’m not sure what came first. We took the game over for a while.”

Hardly anyone could have enjoyed that more than Charles.

“For some reason,” he wondered, “the team got off to a slow start, and picked up momentum.”

Both teams have improved markedly after Polk topped Madison, 4-2, early this season.

“Like us,” said Charles, “they were two hundred percent better than when we played the first time . . . They’re so much better . . . They have a lot of guys who can shoot.”

Shortly after Madison scored, Will Rimer booted one in for Polk after an Isaac Palmer assist. With 14:12 left in the game, Alex Miller put the Wolverines ahead, with double assists going to Austin Wolfe and David Sanchez.

Weicker’s score made it 3-1, but with 3:28 to go, Madison closed the gap to 3-2, where it stayed.

On Thursday, Oct. 3 the Wolverines hosted Shelby in non-conference action.

Results were not available as of press time. PCHS travels to Mountain Heritage on Oct. 7.