Havelock has senior-laden squad for new soccer season

Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 02:21 PM.

Where the non-conference schedule comes into play is with the new playoff system. Just the league’s top three teams are guaranteed playoff spots. The N.C. High School Athletic Association will fill out the remainder of the bracket based on overall records of teams across the state.

"It puts a lot more pressure on our non-conference games," Johnson said.

But if any Havelock team can face a challenge, it could be this one.

The Rams are loaded with returning players, including standout Noah Kemble, who received an invitation over the summer to play for the academy team of Major League Soccer’s D.C. United. The college recruit has narrowed his choices to George Mason or Appalachian State.

"I’ve got my field general," Johnson said of Kemble, who scored 26 goals last season. "He has a huge role in our offensive attack, whether it comes to making a play or scoring."

Though Kemble won’t have graduated 17-goal scorer Peter Brown with him, he does have returners Kevin Quinn, Omar Gonzalez and Nick Seegel in support. Dylan Baker, who did not play soccer last season, and newcomer Miguel Diaz-Maurino should provide additional help, Johnson said.

Defensively, the Rams will look to senior Zach Martin in goal, with Jason Hollister, Roy Howard and Justin Kilgore looking to stop opposing offenses.

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