Hendersonville Middle kept its undefeated girls soccer season alive Monday – but not without quite a battle.
The Bearcats outlasted a determined Polk County Middle squad, earning a 3-2 in a Blue Ridge Middle School Conference matchup at Polk.
The Bearcats (10-0) built a 2-0 halftime lead and had the better of action in the second half until the final 15 minutes, when the Wolverines took control.
Polk Middle (6-4) sliced Hendersonville’s lead in half as Mireya Roman took possession of the ball, drilled down the right side of Hendersonville’s defense, cut back toward the goal and buried a shot into the left corner of the net, cutting the lead to 2-1 with 14:46 left in the match.
Moments later, the Wolverines were whistled for a pushing foul in front of the Hendersonville bench. As Polk Middle players and coaches asked about the foul, Hendersonville took a long direct free kick, the ball carrying some 30 yards before settling in the rear of the net to give Hendersonville a 3-1 advantage.
Back came Polk County. Ava Marino pushed deep into Bearcat territory and earned a corner kick. Taking the corner herself, Marino put the kick near the back corner post, where Sydney Waldman fought through a maze of defenders and tapped the ball into the net to make it a 3-2 game with 7:11 left to play.
The Wolverines pressed hard over the final seven minutes and had a couple of near misses, but were unable to notch the tying goal.
The loss snapped Polk Middle’s four-game winning streak and dropped the Wolverines, for now, a game behind Rugby for second place in the BRMSC’s East Division. Rugby still has a game left with Hendersonville.
The Wolverines travel Thursday to face Flat Rock.