Polk Middle defender Ryan Blomeley works to keep a Smoky Mountain attacker at bay during the second half of Wednesday's match

A pair of first-half goals proved the deciding factor Wednesday for Polk County Middle as the Wolverines blanked Smoky Mountain Middle 2-0 at Utz Field.

Polk Middle improved to 2-1-1 with the victory and remained undefeated at home on the young season.

The Wolverines grabbed the upper hand midway through the first half as Luke Garrison scored on a pass from Ross Dow. Dow then added his own strike into the back of the net in the final 10 minutes of the half.

Polk Middle’s defense then made that lead hold, with Jackson Blotner making five saves and getting help from a defense that included players such as Erik Ramirez, Grayson Clancy and Ryan Blomeley, among others.

The Wolverines return to action on Tuesday, hosting Apple Valley at 4:30 p.m. in a key Blue Ridge Conference East Division match.

Polk Middle’s Grayson Clancy helps deny a Smoky Mountain Middle threat and clears the ball from the penalty area during the second half of Wednesday’s match