Havelock holds off Washington in crucial league match

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 11:11 PM.

Havelock controlled the second half, getting six corner kicks, while the Pam Pack managed just one. Washington keeper Emily Alligood made a point-blank save on Natalie Johnson, and then deflected another Johnson shot off the post to keep Havelock from adding to its lead.

“Their goalie did a great job,” Harris said. “She had some fantastic saves.”

The Rams got their goal 3:18 into the match. Johnson gained possession at midfield and drove up the left side. She centered the ball to Taylor Self who sent the ball into the lower right of the Washington net.

“I’ve been telling these girls for weeks that the way we’re going to win is pass, connect, put the ball in front of the goal and score,” Harris said. “They did that early in the first half. Natalie had a beautiful cross and Taylor Self was right where she was supposed to be and punched it into the goal.”

The Rams (11-6, 6-4) had lost to Washington (6-8-2, 4-7) earlier this year, and came into the contest looking for a victory to climb into third place in the Coastal Conference.

“Right now, we’ve got to focus on getting into the playoffs and getting there in the best spot we can get and be peaking at the right time,” Harris said. “The girls are aware of where they want to go.”

Harris said he continues to shuffle the lineup to make up for the absence of top scorer Ali Wickman, who was lost to a knee injury.

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