Call it a lights-out performance.
As shadows grew Monday at G.M. Tennant Stadium, Polk County’s boys soccer team kept finding the back of the net, scoring five goals in 21 first-half minutes.
The shadows soon turned to darkness, though, as an equipment issue prevented the stadium lights from switching on. That brought an end to the match with Polk taking a 5-2 victory over Brevard in a non-conference matchup.
The Wolverines (8-1) controlled the match prior to its stoppage eight minutes into the second half. Isaac Edwards scored 54 seconds after kickoff, poking a low roller into the right corner of the net, for a quick 1-0 advantage for Polk.
Brevard (2-7) evened the match at 1-1 in the 13th minute, but the Wolverines responded with a flurry of four goals in less than nine minutes for a 5-1 margin.
Edwards started the surge, taking a throw-in and driving down the right sideline, then angling back toward the goal before feeding a perfect cross to Cole Pereira, who drove a shot into the left side of the net to give the Wolverines a 2-1 lead.
In the 20th minute it was Grayson Jones’ turn to tally, he also driving down the right side, cutting back toward the goal and hitting a shot that richocheted off a Brevard defender and into the goal.
Less than a minute later Polk tallied again as Pereira fired a hard drive off the post that rebounded to a wide-open Alan Mejia on the back side. Mejia redirected the richochet back into the net, and the Wolverines were up 4-1.
One minute later Polk scored once more as Jones launched a long throw-in into the penalty area. Matias Akers greeted it with a bicycle kick that produced a slow bouncer that evaded the Brevard defense, finding the net for a 5-1 lead in the 22nd minute.
Brevard added a goal in the growing darkness late in the half, and the teams quickly started the second half before play was stopped in the 48th minute.
“I know the guys are bummed out (not finishing the match), but hopefully we can get back up, go to Smoky and get another win,” said Polk County head coach Josh Trejo. The Wolverines have a key non-conference match at Smoky Mountain on Wednesday.
“That’s the last game before we get into conference, and we want to finish off strong going into conference play.”