Polk County defender Patricia Santibanez and the Wolverine defense posted their eighth shutout of the season in Thursday's win.

The late arrival of Mountain Heritage offered the only deviation in Polk County’s game plan Thursday evening.

The Wolverines stuck to their script and cruised to an 8-0 win over the Cougars in a Western Highlands Conference girls soccer match in G.M. Tennant Stadium.

Playing for the third straight night, Polk County (11-4, 7-2) hoped for a relaxed pace against a Mountain Heritage team that has struggled this season (2-8, 1-7).

That proved exactly the case as the Wolverines steadily scored goals throughout the game, which began some 20-30 minutes late after the Cougars’ delayed arrival. Baylee Love led the attack with three goals, including two in the first half as Polk built a 4-0 lead at intermission.

“The break is coming at a good time for us, as we’re pretty banged up,” said Polk County head coach Lennox Charles. “It’s nice to have a conference win and do what we should have done against a team we were supposed to beat and keep up with Hendersonville and Owen.

“The break gives us a chance to get healthy, especially since our numbers are low, and come back and make a push the last two weeks.”

Addie Lynch, Reese Alley, Ava Marino, Lauren Ketwitz and Mireya Roman each added goals for the Wolverines, who also recorded their eighth shutout of the season.