Tuesday afternoon offered ample evidence as to the continued development of Polk County’s junior varsity soccer squad.
Playing one of the top JV teams in the area, the Wolverines more than held their own, a late goal ultimately lifting East Henderson to a 3-2 victory in a non-conference match in G.M. Tennant Stadium.
The Eagles improved to 8-1-1, their lone loss a 1-0 setback against A.C. Reynolds. And East seemed destined for a quiet evening after scoring twice in the first half, both on breakaway, one-on-one opportunities, to build a 2-0 advantage.
But Polk County (1-5-1) never gave up. The Wolverines got on the scoreboard with 19:08 remaining in the match as Ezra Marlow pounced on a loose ball in the penalty area and drilled a low line drive into the net.
With just 8:25 to go, Cooper Meyer drew a foul deep in the box, setting up a penalty kick that Tanner Osborn took and converted, evening the match.
East Henderson, though, worked an attacker free near the goal and scored with 6:07 remaining to take the win.
Polk County is next set to be in action on Sept. 28, hosting East Rutherford in a 5 p.m. match.