Polk County senior defender Anna Jackson thwarts an East Rutherford attack during Thursday's match

Happy to add another win to Polk County’s total?

Wolverine girls soccer coach Lennox Charles was primarily just happy Thursday evening that Polk had enough bodies to field a team.

Battered, bruised but victorious – so did the Wolverines leave G.M. Tennant Stadium after posting a 2-0 win over East Rutherford in a Mountain Foothills 7 Conference matchup.

Hayden Blackwell and Caroline Taylor supplied the scoring, one goal in each half, as Polk improved to 10-4-3 overall, 8-3 in MF7 matches. Polk trails Brevard (17-1-3, 8-1-2) by a game in the conference standings and will host the Blue Devils on Tuesday with a chance to finish the regular season sharing second in the league.

Or Polk may opt for an easy evening to gear up for the state 1A playoffs, given the team’s health. The Wolverines have three goalkeepers on their roster – at one point this week, it appeared none would be able to play Thursday. Polk prepped junior Kylie Lewis to play in goal just in case.

Freshman Cate Brown, her knee heavily braced, started and recorded the shutout of the Cavaliers (6-8-3, 3-7-2).

“We prepped Kylie yesterday and told her she might have to jump in there again,” Charles said. “Thankfully she didn’t, because (assistant coach George Alley) said her stomach was in knots all day at practice.

“I wish we had been a little more efficient. George talked to them about being more patient. Because we don’t have Gabby (Savaia, out injured), that person who stretches the field for us is not there. So we really need to be more patient, and I thought we did a lot better job of that.”

Blackwell’s goal came in the opening minutes following a Hurley Bell throw-in that Elena Carroll headed toward the net. Blackwell also headed the ball toward goal, and it settled there after also bouncing off the head of an East Rutherford defender, giving Polk a 1-0 lead.

East Rutherford kept Polk at bay until the 51st minute, when Taylor struck a low line drive from near the top right of the penalty area that bounced inside the left post, doubling the Wolverines’ advantage.

Polk’s defense made that two-goal lead stand, with Charles especially pleased with the play of junior defender Jasmine Baird.

“Jasmine had an unbelievable game today,” he said. “She was probably the most consistent player at a high level. Everybody had some peaks and dropped off a bit. She was good all day long.

“We moved the ball really, really well, so I was happy about that. We’re going to try to do a little more finishing (Friday) .”