Polk County held its own for much of Wednesday night with a talented Asheville squad, but ultimately dropped a 2-0 decision to the Cougars in G.M. Tennant Stadium.

The Wolverines (7-3-3), playing for the first time in two weeks, held Asheville (14-4-1) to just a lone first-half goal until the Cougars tallied in the 64th minute to account for the final score.

The match served as a warmup for Thursday’s key Western Highlands Conference showdown with Owen, also in Tennant Stadium. Polk could move into a tie for first in the conference with a win, while Owen could clinch a share of the WHC regular-season title with a win.

Junior varsity play Thursday is set to begin at 5 p.m., with the varsity to follow.

Polk County goalkeeper Sara Muse prepares to stop an Asheville shot in the final minutes of Wednesday’s match