Havelock falls to defending champ Jacksonville in playoffs

Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 11:50 AM.

And that the Cardinals, many of whom were sporting their annual red Mohawks for the playoffs, did against the Rams, who had 12 seniors who were desperate to do likewise.

“They didn’t want it to be their last game so they came out with everything they had,” Havelock coach Jeremiah Johnson said. “Being the fact that it’s a conference team, it’s harder. But they definitely played their hearts out.”

In fact, the Rams matched and at times outplayed Jacksonville in the first 20 minutes, but at about the midway point of the opening half the Cardinals started applying the pressure and broke through to go up 1-0.

Tyler Moore’s hard shot was stopped by goalkeeper Kevin Garay, who wasn’t able to corral the ball and Pino pounced, smacking into an open net to give the Cardinals a lead they never lost.

“I just wanted to shoot it in the back of the net,” Pino said. “That’s all I’m trying to do.”

The Cardinals made it 2-0 on a nice play by Washington. After a scrum about 30 yards out, Sparks managed to get the ball to Washington, who dribbled inside the box to the right side of the net and fired to the far corner with 9:05 left in the half.

JHS nearly made it 3-0, but Dylan Elliott missed a wide-open net in the final minute after Garay had gone down to block a shot.

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