Polk Middle wins one, loses one in opening week

Polk County Middle’s boys soccer team opened its delayed 2020 season this week with a dramatic win and narrow loss.

The Wolverines kicked off the schedule on Tuesday, hosting Apple Valley. The teams battled to a scoreless tie at halftime before Polk tallied in the second half with Blake Anderson taking a cross from Manny Albarran and finding the back of the net.

An Apple Valley goal resulted in the game reaching the end of regulation in a 1-1 tie. Late in overtime, the Wolverine defense pushed the ball out of its end and found Albarran in the midfield area. He was able to send a pass upfield to Eno Baker, who outran a defender and chipped a shot past the Apple Valley goalkeeper just before the end of overtime to win the match.

Ian Stafford had 10 saves in goal for Polk.

The Wolverines then traveled Wednesday to Hendersonville, where the Bearcats eked out a 1-0 win.

Stafford had 13 saves in that match, with Tommy Jackson adding two more saves in goal.

Polk Middle returns to the field on Monday, hosting Flat Rock in a 4 p.m. match.