HAVELOCK | In a Coastal 3A Conference showdown in Havelock Tuesday night, Noah Lewis and the West Carteret soccer team put the pressure on early and didn’t let up on the Havelock Rams in their 7-1 victory.
Lewis got the Patriots on the board early with a goal just 10 minutes in on a long-distance strike outside the box that curled into the top right corner of the goal.
The Rams tried to answer back with two decent shots, but Patriots’ goalie Grayson Ogle made those saves to keep the Rams scoreless.
Halfway through the first half, Lewis’ second goal gave West Carteret a 2-0 lead.
Three minutes later the Patriots would struck.
Sergio Zaldivar-Carillo hit a perfect header into the top left corner off a perfectly placed corner kick.
West Carteret controlled the ball throughout much of the first half with their spacing and passing.
The Patriot midfielders won most of the balls in the middle of the field and continued to put pressure on the Havelock defense.
“I thought we played the ball around pretty well,” said West Carteret head coach Matthew Graham. “The guys did what they do best, which is play relatively unselfishly.”
The Rams took just three shots on goal in the first half, and only five in the game.
The Patriots took a 4-0 after a handball gave them a free kick outside the penalty box. Chris Taylor found Lee Etter in the middle of the defense, a few yards in front of the goal, and he connected for the goal.
West Carteret added a goal by Evan Lewis for a 5-0 halftime led.
The Patriots ripped 17 total shots on goal in the first half alone, while goalkeeper Vincent Diep did his best to keep Havelock in the game with 10 saves.
Havelock scored early in the second half on a long-distance free kick by Christian Hoomana that sailed into the back of the goal.
However, a few minutes later, Lewis scored his hat trick on a rebound off of a save from the Havelock goalie to make it 6-1.
The Patriots added one more goal by Taylor late in the game on an assist from Zaldivar-Carillo.
“I like the pace they came out with, I like the energy they played with all night,” said Coach Graham. “If we can keep that going, I think we'll have a fun end of the season.”
West Carteret (7-6-1, 4-4-1 Coastal 3-A) hosts Jacksonville High School on Tuesday, while Havelock (3-13, 2-7) travels to Richlands on Thursday.