Bevy of second-half goals boosts Polk past East Henderson

Published 11:45 am Friday, March 10, 2023

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Caroline Taylor and Gabby Savaia each scored two goals Wednesday to lead Polk County to an 8-1 victory over East Henderson in a non-conference girls soccer match in G.M. Tennant Stadium.


Polk County upped its record to 3-0 with the win, with East Henderson dropping to 1-2.

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How it happened: A defensive battle for much of the first half tilted Polk County’s way in the final 15 minutes as Taylor and Ella Waldman scored goals to give the Wolverines a 2-0 advantage. Cheyenne Sherman answered for the Eagles to make it a 2-1 game at the half.


But Savaia sparked the Wolverines in the second 40 minutes with a pair of goals some nine minutes apart. Hayden Blackwell followed Savaia’s second tally with a goal four minutes later, and Leah Dotson found the next shortly thereafter to give the Wolverines a 6-1 lead.


Taylor added her second goal on a nice sequence in the final 10 minutes, dribbling past a pair of defenders and unleashing a low drive, and Kylie Lewis closed the scoring with a goal with eight seconds remaining.


Next up: Polk County opens Mountain Foothills 7 Conference play on Tuesday, traveling to Patton for a 6 p.m. match. That will be the first of five straight road matches for the Wolverines, with Polk not back at home until March 29.