Polk County's Matias Akers scored his fourth goal of the season in the win

Becker’s blast helps Wolverines notch draw with Smoky Mountain

Luke Becker made certain a chilly evening in G.M. Tennant Stadium would end as a happy one.

Becker’s looping drive from some 30 yards out with 40 seconds remaining allowed Polk County to earn a 2-2 tie Thursday with Smoky Mountain in a non-conference boys soccer match.

Smoky Mountain (0-0-2) had the better of the action for much of the match, thwarting Polk’s offensive efforts while keeping pressure on the Wolverine defense. The Mustangs grabbed a 2-1 lead in the 48th minute and seemed set to make that margin stick.

Luke Becker

With the final minute ticking away, the Wolverines (1-0-1) earned a throw-in in Smoky Mountain’s half of the field. The throw into a pack of players got turned away and back to Becker, who lofted a shot from the right side of the field that sailed on a perfect arc into the back left corner of the Mustangs’ net, securing the tie.

Polk County struck first in the match, scoring with three minutes left in the first half. Adam Kehrer struck a free kick from near midfield that reached Matias Akers, streaking into the penalty area. Akers’ shot from the right wing crossed the face of the goal into the net for a 1-0 Polk advantage.

Smoky Mountain evened the match right at the halftime whistle, scoring on a long drive that richocheted down off the crossbar and was ruled to have crossed the goal line before the whistle sounded. It marked the second time this week that Polk surrendered a goal with no time showing on the stadium clock.

Taking the lead in the second half, Smoky Mountain largely kept Polk away from any serious scoring chances in the second half save for a flurry in the 76th minute that included a shot striking the crossbar.

The Wolverines will conclude their three-game homestand to open the season on Monday, facing Hendersonville at 5 p.m.