Avery Lady Vikings Soccer HoldsTough in 1-0 Loss To Polk
The Avery High School girls soccer team hosted Polk High School in Western Highlands Conference action on Monday night. It was a very cold night with temperatures in the 30's and the wind gusting, but the Lady Vikings of Avery did not let the weather bother them as they came out with tremendous commitment and resolve. For the entire first half, Avery was playing with the wind at their back, and the Lady Vikings dominated completely as they controlled possession for at least 90% of the total 40 minutes. The game was played almost entirely in the Polk County end of the field as Avery forced 8 corner kicks, and created more than 20 long throw attempts inside the 18 yard box. In contrast, Polk rarely got the ball across midfield as they defended for almost the entire 40 minutes. However, despite Avery's complete first half dominance, the Vikings were unable to get a goal, and so the two teams went into halftime tied 0 to 0. In the 2nd half, Polk got the wind in their favor, but this still did not affect the outstanding play of Avery, as once again the Lady Vikings controlled the majority of the possession, and they had more scoring opportunities than Polk did. However, Polk was able to take advantage of one open shot from 30 yards out that with the help of the wind was able to get into the top of the net just above the Avery goalkeeper. This put Polk in front 1 to 0 despite Avery's dominance. The Lady Vikings continued to battle hard, and created their best two chances of the night inside the final 10 minutes of the match, but both shots went wide, and so Polk held on to take the victory 1 to 0. Despite the loss, the game was probably the best performance of the season for Avery as they have defeated moderate teams, but this was the first time that they have been completely dominant against a very strong opponent. Such an excellent performance makes the future look very bright for the young Avery soccer team that starts 5 freshmen and 5 sophomores.