Havelock holds off Washington in crucial league match

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Havelock's Erica Quinn (7) and Washington's Alana Jefferson go up for the ball on Thursday at Havelock High.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 11:11 PM.

Havelock goal keeper Amanda Alexander didn’t get much work in the second half against Washington Thursday night. She had gone nearly the entire half without having to make a save.

But when she needed to make a save, it came on a free kick with two minutes left and helped preserve a crucial 1-0 Coastal 3A Conference victory for the Rams at Havelock High.

“The defense played really strong and made me not have to do a lot of work,” Alexander said.

But with two minutes remaining, Washington’s Alana Jefferson had an opportunity from about 25 yards out on a free kick. She lofted a shot high, and Alexander jumped and managed to deflect the ball with her fingertips off the crossbar. Her defense then cleared the ball, and the Rams survived.

“You just have to get up there,” she said. “My fingers just hit it, and it hit the rail. When they came to get the rebound, I made sure I stayed on top of it, and my defense was there to clear it out.”

The play impressed Havelock coach Jeff Harris.

“The girl (Jefferson) put in a beautiful ball, and Amanda couldn’t have played it any better,” he said. “She did exactly what she had been practicing, punching the ball out. It unfortunately hit the goal, but the defense was right there. Amanda really stepped up, and that was the big one.”

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