Polk Middle goalkeeper Sofie Abrahamsen and defender Jill Brown celebrate following a Wolverine goal in Wednesday's match

As Polk Middle’s girls soccer players sloshed about a muddy Utz Field, another word popped into the mind of head coach Jessica Marrow.


True, the Wolverines controlled the flow of play from the start of Wednesday’s match with Asheville Christian Academy. But the scoreboard didn’t reflect that, displaying all zeroes at halftime and even midway through the second half.

That changed in the final 15 minutes, though, as Reeve Carroll scored a pair of goals to lift the Wolverines to a 2-0 victory over the visiting Lions in a Blue Ridge Conference matchup.

Both of Carroll’s goals came in similar manner, intercepting an ACA pass and driving into position to shoot. The first score, with just under 14 minutes remaining, came after Carroll drove from near midfield, dribbling in before driving a shot high into the net.

The second tally came with less than nine minutes remaining as Carroll snared an ACA goal kick, dribbled into the right side of the penalty area and hit a low line drive just inside the left post.

The scores were welcome relief for Marrow and the Wolverines after a frustrating series of near-misses in both halves.

“We know what we’ve got to work on at practice, finishing our shots,” Marrow said. “We had a lot of body on the ball, which was good, because that’s what we’ve been working on in practice, heading the ball and things like that. But the biggest thing was finishing our shots.

“I’m proud of them to come out here abd play in the mud, push them around a little bit, which was good, use their body and aggressiveness.”

The two goals proved more than enough for Polk Middle’s defense, which notched its fifth shutout in seven games. The scores also helped the Wolverines bounce back into the win column after last week’s tough double-overtime loss to Brevard Middle.

“Let’s hope and pray we’re back on our winning streak,” Marrow said.

Polk Middle’s Arie Parmalee sends a header downfield during Wednesday’s match