New Bern's leading goal scorer from a season ago, Kathryn Dixon was in a cold stretch coming into Thursday's girls soccer match with Havelock.
Dixon had not scored a goal in the first four games of the season for the Bears.
Thursday, she decided she had had enough of that as she buried a goal in the 8th minute and another in the 57th, as New Bern defeated their rival Rams, 2-0.
"It was good to see her (Dixon) get a goal in there. This time last year, she had five or six, so it's good to get that monkey off her back," New Bern coach Tim Guter said.
"We had a lot of shots tonight, but I felt we took our foot of the gas too."
New Bern dominated control of the ball, especially in the second half.
Havelock finally got the ball on their side later in the second half but could never get a quality look to score.
New Bern had previously defeated the Rams this season 2-1 at Havelock.
"I actually thought we played better this time as far as fighting for the ball and defensively," Havelock coach Amy McCutcheon said.
"We just have to have more production in possession. We gave the ball up too much."
Both teams will compete this weekend at The Brittany in Wilson.
New Bern will play Corinth Holders Friday and Havelock takes on Rocky Mount Saturday.
"We have to stop taking plays off. I saw a lot that we still need to work on going forward into conference play," Guter said.
"We would do good by winning the ball and then we'd misplay it and have to restart."
Havelock 0 0 - 0
New Bern 1 1 - 2
Goals: New Bern - Kathryn Dixon 2.