Havelock falls to defending champ Jacksonville in playoffs

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

The Rams wasted little time cutting the lead in half early in the second half. Junior Noah Kemble lofted a free kick from the left from about 25 yards into the far corner to pull Havelock within 2-1 with 32:51 left.

The Cardinals had a couple near misses, including one in which Havelock defender Jason Hollister made a nice sliding tackle on Washington.

Jacksonville scored the clinching goal when Moore dribbled deep and then sent a perfect cross to Sparks, who had an open net and didn’t miss to make it 3-1 with exactly two minutes left in the match.

Johnson credited a change in the way his team plays – more aggressive, for one thing, on both ends of the field – to the closer match the third time around.

“The first two games we weren’t really playing the style I like to play,” he said. “Then all of sudden as time progressed they finally started playing that style, and I think that we’re in the playoffs and they definitely didn’t want it to end. They definitely doubled how hard they worked.”

While it may have been a little closer than expected, the Cardinals never seemed in danger of losing. And while Miller would have liked to have seen more intensity and better play from his players, he also credited the Rams.

“They did a good job of getting back and taking lanes away from us,” he said. “We didn’t do a great job of doing what we need to do, changing the point of attack and creating those opportunities. We just had a hard time really getting in and creating quality opportunities. Luckily, we bent a little but didn’t break.”

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