Polk offense roars to life in shutout of East Rutherford
Polk County finally broke its scoreless drought Monday.
Then added another goal. And another. And another.
Held without a goal in their first two games, the Wolverines scored twice in the first 12 minutes Monday en route to a 4-0 non-conference victory over East Rutherford at G.M. Tennant Stadium.
Polk County picked up its first win of the season, improving to 1-1-1 in the Wolverines’ only home appearance in their first eight games. East Rutherford dropped to 0-3-1.
The Wolverines struck first on a beautiful goal from Belen Akers, who gained possession on the right wing, just outside the penalty area, and lofted a shot that cleared the East defense and dipped into the left corner of the net, giving Polk a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute.
Less than a minute later, Polk struck again. Defender Rollins Carter dribbled forward near the top of the penalty box and struck a hard drive that was stopped, but bounded free to the feet of Madison Geddings, who tucked the free ball into the net for a 2-0 Polk lead.
The Wolverines continued to press aggressively and picked up a third goal late in the first half. A clearing pass out of Polk’s defensive half found Akers, who split two East Rutherford defenders for a breakway on the East goal. Akers easily found the left side of the net to up the Wolverines’ advantage to 3-0 in the 32nd minute.
Polk added its final tally early in the second half as Caelan Gaul gained control of a long pass and wiggled free in the penalty area from two East defenders to hit a low drive into the net.
Polk goalkeeper Sara Muse made the lead stand in recording her second consecutive shutout.
The Wolverines are slated to travel to Crest on Wednesday for a non-conference battle.