Polk County's Brody Wolfe, left, and Ryan Blomely work to move a possession upfield during Monday's match

Polk Middle’s second-half surge secures season-opening success

Neither a very warm August afternoon nor Canton Middle could spoil Polk County Middle’s home soccer opener on Monday.

The Wolverines tallied twice in the second half to secure a 2-1 win over Canton in a Blue Ridge Conference battle at Utz Field in the season opener for both teams.

Polk Middle largely kept the ball in the Bears’ end of the field in the first half, but could never get an offensive breakthrough and went to half trailing 1-0.

That changed early in the second half as Erik Pena connected on a long, low line drive that found the right corner of the net, evening the score. The score stayed that way until the final seconds of the match, when Brennan Oates took a pass from Ross Dow and slipped a low drive inside the near post for Polk’s second score and the game-winning tally.

“We had the better of the second-half possession,” said Polk Middle head coach Lennox Charles. “We passed better and worked harder.”

Polk Middle next plays on Wednesday, traveling to Asheville Christian Middle for a 4:30 p.m. match.

Polk County Middle’s Hunter Ledford works to keep the ball away from a Canton Middle opponent during Monday’s match