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Hard-working Polk soccer squad holds off Avery

Perhaps earned not as easy as Polk County head coach Lennox Charles would have liked, but victory still felt awfully good Monday.

The Wolverines picked up their second win of the season Monday, topping Avery 2-1 in a Western Highlands Conference matchup at Polk. The Wolverines improved to 2-7 overall, 2-1 in league play.

Polk opened a 2-0 first-half lead on goals by Wil Rimer and Bradley Osborn, then saw that lead sliced to one in the final minutes before intermission. But the Wolverines held on in the second half, repeatedly turning away a determined Avery squad.

David Sanchez assisted on Polk’s first goal while Dylan Weicker assisted Osborn on his goal.

“We needed to get a win,” Charles said. “It feels absolutely wonderful to get a win. We made it much tougher on ourselves than it should have been.

“We gave up that goal at the worst possible time. They were kind of down, and letting them score before the half, we gave them a boost of confidence and energy. They showed that in the second half. They played with a lot of energy in the second half.”

Having battle a tough East Henderson squad fairly evenly in the second half of Thursday’s loss, Charles saw reason for optimism in the continuance of that effort on Monday. The Wolverines now have a week to rest and prepare to face a tough Owen squad next week.

“The really good thing today was that even in the second half when we were struggling and things were going wrong and we were scrambling, the effort was never in question,” Charles said. “We had maximum effort and commitment from everybody.

“The thing we saw in the second half Thursday, and it transferred to today, was that we did a lot better job communicating. Hopefully, we can just keep building on that.”

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