Coach Jeremiah Johnson will be the first to say that this season will be a rebuilding year for Havelock soccer.

Havelock's Caleb Baxley heads the ball away during a match against Swansboro in 2013.

Havelock's Caleb Baxley heads the ball away during a match against Swansboro on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at Havelock High.

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Published: Friday, August 15, 2014 at 12:10 PM.

Coach Jeremiah Johnson will be the first to say that this season will be a rebuilding year for Havelock soccer.

But, he’ll also be the first to say that even though his team lost all but two starters from a year ago, he feels the Rams can compete in the tough Coastal 3A Conference.

Leading scorer Noah Kemble is off to college at George Mason, and the Rams lost other key seniors including Kevin Quinn, R.J. Howard, Jason Hollister and Omar Gonzalez as well.

“I mean when you lose a player like Noah (Kemble), it’s hard not to be in a rebuilding stage, and only having six varsity players returning, two of which started, but our JV guys are solid,” Johnson said. “I feel that they have played together a lot and enough that we can still compete in our conference.”

Havelock will have two captains this season in senior Dylan Baker and junior John Mills.

The roster figures to have a mix of youth and veterans despite losing all but two starters. Johnson still has nine rising seniors on the roster, and he feels he has some freshmen that can step up and help out on the varsity level.

Johnson said the key for this year’s team to have success is maintaining possession and playing smart soccer.



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