Polk Middle head coach Jessica Marrow congratulates Kaiah Miller after her goal in the first half of Wednesday's match

Down two goals, Flat Rock Middle found a bit of life in the latter stages of the first half of Monday’s Blue Ridge Conference playoff game at Polk Middle.

A score off a long kick brought the Eagles and their fans to life, shouts rising from their side of Utz Field.

Reeve Carroll and the Wolverines quickly quieted the guest stands and bench.

A pair of spectacular assists by Carroll led to two Polk Middle goals as the Wolverines pulled away for a 6-1 victory in the first-round tournament matchup.

Polk Middle (13-1-1) moves into Monday’s semifinals, where the Wolverines will travel to face Waynesville Middle for a 4 p.m. match.

Polk will gladly take the same kind of team effort that it displayed Wednesday.

Carroll’s key burst followed that Flat Rock goal that sliced the Wolverine lead to 2-1. Carroll weaved in and out of Flat Rock defenders all day, and on this occasion, she did so and drove near the end line before striking a perfect cross. Kaiah Miller, meanwhile, hustled into the box and put herself in perfect position to field Carroll’s cross and redirect it into the net, putting Polk up 3-1.

Moments later, Carroll took a throw-in from Flat Rock’s side of the field. The eighth grader delivered one of her patented somersault throws, sending the ball deep into the penalty area, where Melina Parmalee awaited, received and put the ball into the net.

4-1 Polk lead. Game effectively over.

“These are the things we’ve worked on all season long and it is showing, especially the goals from Kaiah and Melina,” said Polk Middle head coach Jessica Marrow. “I’m really proud of all the girls. They came out in the heat and did what they do best, play as a team and work hard together.

“I can not state enough how proud I am of every player on this team and their accomplishments. Together, that’s what makes us a team.”

Kenley Savaia delivered Polk Middle’s final two goals off assists from Carroll, who scored the first two, and Miller.

Polk Middle’s Amberina Jenne looks to push a pass past a Flat Rock defender during Wednesday’s match