Polk Middle claims pair of one-goal victories

It’s been quite a week for Polk County Middle boys soccer.

The Wolverines engineered a pair of thrilling wins, going on the road Tuesday to hand Flat Rock its first loss of the season before returning to Utz Field on Wednesday to defeat Brevard Middle.

The 3-2 win at Flat Rock and 2-1 home win over Brevard boosted Polk Middle’s record to 3-2.

The Wolverines grabbed a 1-0 lead late in the first half Wednesday as Tanner Osborn hit a long, high drive that cleared Brevard’s goalkeeper and settled into the right corner of the goal, snapping the scoreless tie.

Brevard (1-3) answered early in the second half off a direct kick, but the Wolverines got what proved to be the winning goal minutes later as Tommy Jackson drilled a drive from near the top of the penalty area that found the back of the net.

Tuesday’s match began much differently. Flat Rock (3-1) scored an early goal, then doubled the advantage to 2-0 early in the second half.

But Polk Middle began to find its rhythm offensively. Osborn scored on a header off a Jackson free kick, then Luke Garrison dribbled deep into Flat Rock territory and sent a cross in front of the goal to Jackson that deflected off an Eagle defender and into the goal to even the match at 2-2.

Polk Middle then got the winning goal in the 56th minute as Cooper Meyer headed in a Jackson corner kick.

“We did a very good job of passing accurately and moving in the second half,” said Polk Middle head coach Lennox Charles. “The guys worked very hard and showed a lot of determination.”

Polk Middle returns to the pitch on Monday, traveling to Rugby Middle for a 4:30 p.m. match.

Cast and all, Tallis Metcalf takes a touch deep in Brevard territory during Wednesday’s match