ALLEMAN - The speed of Katie Berglund and the powerful long-range shooting ability of Danielle Bonewitz combined to lead the No. 9 North Polk girls’ soccer team to a decisive 10-0 victory over Greene County May 1 at Comet Stadium.
Berglund and Bonewitz each recorded a hat-trick with three goals apiece. Berglund also dished out two assists and Bonewitz handed out one in helping the Comets go to 6-2 on the season.
“I think this game we just had the fire,” Berglund said. “We’re playing as a team and we had that communication.”
Berglund netted North Polk’s first goal 22 seconds into the game. She scored off a feed from Bonewitz midway through the first half and picked up her final goal six minutes into the second half on a nifty backwards kick into the goal.
Bonewitz provided the perfect complement to Berglund. She netted an 18-yard shot at the 7:44 mark, scored off a ball from Cassandra Cox at the 25:51 mark, then drilled another long shot off an assist from Berglund a little over 12 minutes into the second half.
“My team does a good job of setting me up out there,” Bonewitz said. “We were connecting really well, so it left it wide open because all the defense got shifted.”
Bonewitz came close on several other shots, going just a little high on multiple occasions.
“I hit the crossbar quite a few times,” Bonewitz said.
Brittany Conway netted the final two North Polk goals, and Katryn Halterman and Harlee Rose chipped in one score apiece. Halterman, Abby Hill and Brooke Johnson each ended up with one assist.
North Polk was able to get regular keeper Sawyer Elwell some time playing out on the field in the lopsided win. Sydney Anderson stepped in at keeper and made two saves to help the Comets earn their third shutout of the season.
KNOXVILLE - North Polk had no troubles with Knoxville, posting a 5-0 road win over the Panthers April 30 at Knoxville.
North Polk fired off 25 shots and keepers Sawyer Elwell and Sydney Anderson only needed to make one save apiece to keep Knoxville off the board.
Katryn Halterman contributed two goals and assists apiece and Katie Berglund also scored twice for North Polk. Abby Hill chipped in one goal and Janie Walter dished out an assist for the Comets.