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Polk battles to earn draw at Smoky Mountain

Grayson Jones scored in the second half Tuesday to help Polk County earn a 2-2 tie with Smoky Mountain

Grayson Jones scored in the second half Tuesday to help Polk County earn a 2-2 tie with Smoky Mountain in a non-conference boys soccer match in Sylva.

The Wolverines (4-6-1) trailed 2-1 at the half and still faced that deficit when Matias Akers moved through the Smoky Mountain defense and sent a pass to the right flank, where Jones awaited. Some 14 yards out, Jones fired a shot into the upper left corner of the goal to even the match.

“Very consistent and we kept possession of the ball,” said Polk County head coach Josh Trejo. “We did very well.”

Smoky Mountan (8-1-3) grabbed a quick 1-0 lead, but Polk County answered almost immediately as Jones scored on a feed from Sean Hudson.

The Mustangs added a goal near the end of the first half to take its lead at the break.

Polk County travels Wednesday to Hendersonville before opening Western Highlands Conference play on Monday, traveling to Owen.

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