HAVELOCK | It seemed like it would only be a matter of time before the New Bern soccer team would get on the scoreboard, but it wasn’t until the second half before they capitalized.

With 27 minutes remaining in the second half, Bears’ senior Daniel Rust put New Bern up 1-0. On a long free kick from just over midfield, Rust got the ball at his feet, after it bounced over the defenders head in the box, and put it past Havelock’s goalkeeper.

The Bears went on to defeat the Rams, 4-0, and improve their record to 2-2-1 on the season. The Rams fell to 1-2 on the season.

“I thought we were real sluggish, real slow moving in the first half,” said New Bern head coach Tim Guter. “The second half we had a little bit more energy going forward.”

New Bern controlled the midfield, kept the ball in Havelock’s end of the field, and had chances to score in the first half. New Bern senior forward Ryan Day had a couple of scoring opportunities toward the end of the first half but was unable to connect due to some big saves from the Havelock keeper.

Rams’ keeper Vincent Diep had some key saves to keep the match scoreless going into halftime.

“We talked about this at halftime, that whoever scored the next goal that was going to be a huge momentum swing,” said Havelock head coach Ron Thomas. “They got it, so credit to them, they played really well.”

A few minutes after Rust put the Bears on top, Charlie Bernthal put the ball in the back of the net to give the Bears a comfortable two-goal lead.

Bernthal added another goal in the closing minutes of the game with a laser strike from outside the box. Not to be outdone, Sien Thaw added a long distance goal of his own to stretch the Bears lead out to 4-0.

“They are very good defensively,” said Guter about the Rams. “We told them at halftime that we needed to get the ball wide. Once we stretched them out, there were some gaps in the middle and those last two shots were quality shots.”

New Bern’s defense and keeper secured the shutout in the victory. Bears’ keeper Ryan Heidt had over five saves in the game.

New Bern will have to wait until next Tuesday before they take on Southern Wayne at home.