Polk Middle’s second-half surge secures season-opening success

Published 12:09 pm Tuesday, August 30, 2022

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Neither a very warm August afternoon nor Canton Middle could spoil Polk County Middle’s home soccer opener on Monday.


The Wolverines tallied twice in the second half to secure a 2-0 win over Canton in a Blue Ridge Conference battle at Utz Field in the season opener for both teams.

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Polk Middle largely kept the ball in the Bears’ end of the field in the first half, but could never get an offensive breakthrough and went to half in a scoreless tie.


That changed early in the second half as Erik Pena connected on a long, low line drive that found the right corner of the net, giving Polk a 1-0 lead. The score stayed that way until the final seconds of the match, when Brennan Oates took a pass from Ross Dow and slipped a low drive inside the near post for Polk’s second score.


“We had the better of the second-half possession,” said Polk Middle head coach Lennox Charles. “We passed better and worked harder.”


Polk Middle next plays on Wednesday, traveling to Asheville Christian Middle for a 4:30 p.m. match.