In the waning minutes Wednesday evening in G.M. Tennant Stadium, Polk County starting goalkeeper Sara Muse moved into a forward’s spot and looked for a scoring opportunity.
Which largely tells you how the evening transpired.
Polk County focused early on a number of facets of its game and late on some scoring chances for a number of players en route to a 6-1 victory over Mountain Heritage in a Western Highlands Conference clash.
Muse didn’t get her goal, but six other players scored as Polk County improved to 8-2-3 overall, 6-1 in WHC play. Mountain Heritage dropped to 0-6, 0-5.
The Wolverines used the first half of their final game before next week’s spring break to focus on passing, looking for quick touches to move the ball around the field.
Mountain Heritage foiled that strategy early, getting a goal in the 11th minute, but Polk answered six minutes later as Sydney Metcalf took a pass from Reese Alley deep in the penalty box and tapped a shot past the Cougars’ goalkeeper to even the match at 1-1.
The game remained deadlocked until the final 11 minutes of the half when Aria Shields dribbled into the right half of the penalty area and let loose a hard drive into the back of the net. Julia Griffin added a goal with 2:40 left in the half, converting an Alley corner kick into a tally to make it 3-1.
Alley continued to set up Wolverine scores in the second half, feeding Lauren Wilson for a breakaway just six and a half minutes into the session, then doing the same for Scout Harmon 10 minutes later.
Rollins Carter capped the scoring with 18:28 left in the half on a free kick from the top of the penalty area.
Polk County will now have two weeks away from the pitch before hosting Asheville in a non-conference match on April 25. The Wolverines then face Owen the next night in G.M. Tennant in a match likely to decide the WHC regular-season champion.