Polk County’s Lauren Dotson battles a Mitchell player for a free ball during the second half of Tuesday’s match

Polk blanks Mitchell in physical conference clash

Polk County proved good to the final shove Tuesday.

More than a few bodies hit the turf of W.J. Miller Field in the Wolverines’ physical Western Highlands Conference matchup with Mitchell. Polk also scored more than a few goals, tallying at regular intervals throughout the second half to earn an 8-0 victory.

There were moments that felt more American football than the international version. But that didn’t deter the Wolverines (5-1, 3-1) from recording their second win in two nights.

Caelan Gaul scored first for the Wolverines, winning a battle for the ball directly in front of the goal and poking a shot into the net. Belen Akers followed less than five minutes later with a high drive from some 30 yards out that cleared the Mitchell goalkeeper and settled into the back of the goal.

Polk County’s Kinsley Huskey begins a run that led to a Wolverine goal in the final minutes of Tuesday’s match

The Mountaineers (1-3, 0-3) held firm the rest of the half, but a hand ball in the penalty area early in the second half helped give Polk a 3-0 lead, with goalkeeper Sara Muse coming forward to take and convert the penalty.

Gaul scored from deep on the right wing and Akers hit another looping shot to boost the Wolverines’ lead to 5-0. Polk then scored three times in the final five minutes as Taytem Johnson, Rollins Carter and Kinsley Huskey all found the back of the net.

Muse had a fairly quiet night in goal as Polk County’s defense largely kept Mitchell out of the scoring area.

With spring break beginning Friday, Polk County’s next match will be April 12 when the Wolverines travel to Mountain Heritage.

Polk County’s Rollins Carter battles Mitchell’s Olivia Kadens for possession during Tuesday’s match