Polk County's Megan Allison

Tuscola builds early lead, thwarts Polk County

Tuscola controlled the flow of play for much of Monday evening en route to a 6-1 victory over Polk County in a non-conference girls soccer match in G.M. Tennant Stadium.

The Mountaineers (3-2-1) rebounded from a 7-0 rout by Asheville last week with a solid effort on both ends, frustrating Polk’s offense for the majority of the evening.

The Wolverines dropped to 1-4 with the loss.

Polk County’s lone goal came in the 23rd minute. Trailing 2-0, Polk’s Caroline Taylor took control of a loose ball in front of the Tuscola sideline. She took a couple of dribbles and then slipped a perfect left-footed pass between two Mountaineer defenders and to Elena Carroll, who beat Tuscola’s goalkeeper to the ball and casually flicked a shot into the right corner of the net.

Tuscola (3-2-1), though, would answer with two goals in the final 14 minutes of the first half, then continue to build the lead in the second half while largely denying Polk any legitimate scoring threats.

The Wolverines are back in action on Tuesday, hosting R-S Central at 7 p.m. in varsity action while the Polk JVs battle Crest at 5 p.m.