The Havelock Rams were looking to improve their playoff seeding against Washington on Tuesday night.
The Havelock Rams were looking to improve their playoff seeding against Washington on Tuesday night. Now, the Rams are just looking to make the playoffs.
Washington scored in the first two minutes of play and never looked back, beating Havelock 4-1 in a Coastal 3A Conference match at Havelock High.
“We just didn’t show up tonight,” Havelock coach Jeff Harris said. “Guys just didn’t have the heart, and Washington played a fantastic game. One of the biggest things you have to learn how to do is finish, and right now we’re coming down to the end, and we’re not finishing.”
With the loss, the Rams fall to 12-8-1 overall and 5-7-1 in the conference with just one match left in the regular season. Their hopes of finishing fourth in the league took a hit with the loss to the Pam Pack, which entered the match with just two conference victories. Now Havelock is looking just to hang on to the fifth and final playoff spot in the league.
Havelock plays at West Craven on Thursday night.
“Right now, we’ve just got to put it together against West Craven,” Harris said. “We have to beat West Craven. If we can beat West Craven, we’re guaranteed either fourth or fifth. There is a small chance that we can slip totally out of the playoff picture if we don’t beat West Craven, so there’s a lot of pressure on this last game to get the job done.”
On a night when the Rams honored seniors Peter Brown, Nick Fazio, Patrick McKenna and Gabriel Garcia, it was Washington that took control early. Phillip Peadon’s throw-in was headed into the net by Turner Fottler, giving the Pam Pack a 1-0 lead just two minutes into the match.
Off another Peadon throw-in, Jorge Rodriguez scored off a scramble in front of the net, lifting the Pam Pack to a 2-0 lead with 10 minutes left in the first half.
The Rams tried to reorganize at halftime, but Washington struck again when Rodriguez got a head on a Peadon throw-in just 33 seconds into the second half.
Brown’s penalty kick narrowed Washington’s lead to 3-1 with 32 minutes left in the match, but the Pam Pack got a header from Sergio Higuera off Mike McKeel’s corner kick with 23 minutes left in the match, sealing Havelock’s fate.
“The guy can throw the ball, and somebody in there got a head on it, and our guys weren’t aggressive to the ball,” Harris said. “They scored on two throw-ins and a corner kick. That’s a heck of a way to lose a game. That’s just a lack of focus.”
Each team had 12 shots on goal for the match, and the Rams had six corner kicks to Washington’s three.
“We had a lot of opportunities,” Harris said. “Shots didn’t fall and things didn’t happen. We just can’t buy one right now.”
Zack Martin had five saves and McKenna had three for the Rams. William Tate had 10 saves for Washington.