Polk County's Charley Dusenbury battles for a free ball during the first half of Tuesday's match

After Monday’s win over R-S Central, Polk County soccer coach Lennox Charles told his team they had to be ready to put opponents away.

Message received.

The Wolverines started fast and stayed on top on Tuesday, defeating Patton 4-1 in a game that wasn’t as close as the score.

“We had multiple chances in the first half last night and we didn’t take advantage,” Chalres said. “Tonight, even though they got a goal, they had two more to make up. I was happy that we did show a little more killer instinct today. We were focused enough to see it out.”

The Wolverines’ first two goals came within a minute of each other, and staked them to a quick 2-0 lead with just under five minutes gone in the first half. Gabby Savaia scored first, finding herself in space in the box after a good pass from Caroline Taylor. She rocketed a shot home for a 1-0 lead. 

That was followed almost exactly 60 seconds later by a goal from Charley Dusenbury. Dusenbury’s shot found the bottom of the far post, caromed past the keeper, and rolled along the goal line and in for Polk County’s second score.

Taylor got a goal herself later in the half, sending a shot in from 30 yards out for a 3-0 halftime lead for the Wolverines.

Polk County continued to dictate the run of play, with nearly the entire game played in the Patton end. The Panthers did tally in the first 30 seconds of the second half, on a 30-yard shot of their own from Kaidn Scism. But the Wolverines kept the offensive pressure on and had chance after chance, converting for the last time when Hayden Blackwell converted Taylor’s second assist of the night for the final 4-1 score.

“They changed their formation and they played a lot better in the second half,” Charles said. “But it was one of those things where we still had multiple opportunities, and really should have finished some more out. We were able to maintain and be solid. Other that their one shot, we didn’t give up any chances in the box.”

Polk County’s Elena Carroll races to corral a long pass during the first half of Tuesday’s match