Luck was definitely not on Polk County’s half of W.J. Miller Field on Tuesday evening.
A pair of deflections fell perfectly for Patton, leading to both of the Panthers’ goals in a 2-0 win over the Wolverines in a Mountain Foothills 7 Conference clash in G.M. Tennant Stadium.
Patton (9-3-1, 5-2) tallied first in the 27th minute as Anthony Hernandez hit a long drive from some 30 yards out that kissed the right post and caromed into the net for a 1-0 advantage.
The Panthers struck again in the 51st minute on another fortuitous bounce. Polk County goalkeeper Greyson Ball turned aside a well-struck shot, but the deflection struck a pair of players moving toward the goal on one side of the net and rebounded across the goal mouth to Patton’s Vance Jones, standing alone near the back post. Jones easily tapped the shot in for a 2-0 Patton lead.
The Wolverines (2-10-1, 2-6) created a handful of scoring opportunities in the final 25 minutes, but could never score in being shut out for the third time in the past four games.
Polk County returns to the pitch on Wednesday, traveling to R-S Central for another conference match at 6 p.m.