Polk, Patton battle to scoreless deadlock

Polk County dominated most of Thursday’s match with Patton – except on the scoreboard.

The Wolverines controlled play in the Mountain Foothills 7 Conference match in G.M. Tennant Stadium, keeping possession in the Panthers’ end of the field most of the evening. But Polk could never convert opportunities into goals, leaving the teams tied at 0-0 at the end of play.

It marked the second straight tie for Polk County (2-6-2, 2-2-2) and the fifth of the season for Patton (5-4-5, 3-2-2). The Panthers most likely felt much better about the deadlock given Polk’s upper hand most of the night.

The Wolverines came close to one score, a Caroline Taylor blast that bounced off the crossbar. But, otherwise, Patton’s defenders did a good job in the penalty area of preventing Wolverine forwards from getting clean strikes, allowing goalkeeper Danielle Wojcik to easily parry any shots sent her way.

Polk goalkeeper Maggie McCammon had a fairly quiet regulation, but made two key saves during the two ten-minute overtimes to keep the game tied.

The Wolverines’ 1-1 tie last week at East Rutherford featured a pair of goals in the first 10-minute overtime period. The Cavaliers scored first, but Polk answered late in the session as Elena Carroll took a pass from Jamilett Ramirez and found the corner of the net for the equalizer.

Polk County is set to travel twice next week to West Henderson, the first trip on Monday to face the Falcons, the second on Wednesday to face Hendersonville in a conference match as the Bearcats are currently playing home matches at West. Polk then travels Thursday to R-S Central in its final match before the school’s spring break.

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