Thirteen minutes and a one-goal lead for Polk County to maintain for Josh Trejo’s first career victory and the Wolverines’ head coach was feeling a tad nervous.
“Scary,” Trejo said. “I freaked out a little bit.”
But those worries soon turned to smiles Thursday night as Polk County stunned Chase, the defending 2A Western Regional champions, 3-2 in a non-conference boys soccer match in G.M. Tennant Stadium.
Polk County (1-4) built a 2-0 halftime lead, extended it to 3-0 early in the second half and then held on as the Trojans (5-3) rallied on a penalty kick and 30-yard free kick that dipped just under the crossbar.
The latter score came with 13:08 left, pulling Chase within one. But Polk County’s defense held firm, not giving the Trojans a good look at goal in the final minutes.
“Overall, defensively, it was not like they got past our defense,” Trejo said. “We were very compact and defended well.
“I’m very proud of the boys. They played well and they definitely deserved it. They worked really hard.”
Polk County struck first in the 17th minute as Alex Pearson redirected a rebound off a free kick into the net. The Wolverines then scored again seven minutes later as Jordan Wyatt let loose a long kick from near midfield that sailed high into the air, catching Chase goalkeeper Sean Wright a few feet off the goal line, before dropping into the goal. Polk led 2-0 at that point and took that lead into the half.
The Wolverines then struck quickly in the second half as, following a stop of a Chase shot, goalkeeper Wilson Edwards hurled a long pass down the left side of the field, letting freshman Matias Akers outrace two defenders to the ball. Akers then pushed the ball past Wright and walked the free ball into the net to give the Wolverines a 3-0 lead.
“In the first half I loved our defensive positioning, and our midfield combinations with our strikers. We played well,” Trejo said. “Alex was in the right place at the right time, and with the second goal, we got a little lucky.
“I was a little worried coming in against Chase. I didn’t know what to expect. I’m happy to get this first win. I thought I was on a bad luck streak.”
Polk County continues non-conference play on Monday, traveling to R-S Central for a 6 p.m. game.