WHC-hampions: Polk clinches boys soccer crown

Polk County is once again the best boys soccer program in the Western Highlands Conference.

The Wolverines wrapped up their first conference title since 2015 on Wednesday, defeating Mitchell 6-2 in a league match in Bakersville.

Polk County (17-2, 8-0) now leads Madison by 2.5 games with just two games remaining in the regular season. The Wolverines host Mountain Heritage on Monday before concluding the regular season at Madison on Oct 30.

“It has been a fantastic season, but it’s just the first step in the process,” said Polk County head coach Josh Trejo. “It wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the boys’ dedication, commitment and understanding of the process of becoming champions.

“I can’t express how proud I am of them.”

Gaige Lewis had two goals for the second straight match, with the Wolverines also getting goals from Isaac Edwards, Cole Pereira, Wylie Rauschenbach and Fermin Oviedo. Grayson Jones had three assists, with Edwards and Matias Akers each adding an assist.

Mitchell dropped to 0-15-1, 0-9.

“It was Mitchell’s senior night and they were pretty fired up,” Trejo said. “They have improved from the last time we saw them. We made some silly mistakes that could cost us in any other game. We will need to fix those before we can move on to the playoffs.”

Alexis Chavez had three saves and Grayson Ball had two saves for the Wolverines, who will begin state playoff action on Nov. 6.

“We as a team would like to thank everyone for their support so far this season,” Trejo said. “We hope to have a big turnout this playoff season.”