Natalie Emberlin handles a throw-in for Polk County Middle

A determined Polk County Middle squad exploded for five second-half goals Monday, pulling away to hand Flat Rock Middle a 5-0 setback at Polk County Recreation Complex.

The Wolverines (5-0) encountered an aggressive Flat Rock (1-3) squad intent on engineering an upset. The Eagles were able to control 50/50 balls much of the first half in keeping Polk’s offense in check.

But that changed in the final 30 minutes. Kenley Savaia drew a foul in the penalty area in the early minutes of the second half, with Reeve Carroll converting the penalty kick for a 1-0 Polk advantage.

Molly Justice upped the lead to 2-0 off a pass from Savaia, and Caroll followed with two more goals before Savaia closed the scoring on an assist from Carroll.

“After the first half of the game, the girls came out ready to win and they showed that,” said Polk Middle head coach Jessica Marrow. “Melina Parmalee and Amberina Jenne had a lot of great runs up the field, Renee Bright played really well defensively and Sofie Abrahamsen had a lot of great saves.”

The shutout was the fourth straight for Polk Middle, who will host Brevard Middle on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in a matchup of Blue Ridge Conference East Division leaders.