The Havelock Rams had the momentum early. They were attacking the goal, making runs and putting pressure on the opposing defense.
D.H. Conley took that all away with four-straight goals.
Havelock’s soccer team dropped its home-opener, 6-4, to D.H. Conley on Monday.
The Rams took a 3-2 lead following back-to-back goals by Dylan Baker and Christian Hoomana. Baker blasted his goal from beyond the penalty box. Hoomana, a freshman, knocked in a goal off a throw-in by Justin Kilgore with 20:32 remaining in the first half.
But after that, the ball stopped favoring Havelock.
Havelock’s Robert Steyers had his breakaway saved. Kilgore was denied. Zach Gardner hit a shot off the goalpost. Kilgore clanked his penalty kick off the post. Baker missed a header left of the goal and Jonathan Gares fired his shot over the net.
Havelock took 16 shots on goal.
“There were plenty of opportunities they could have finished on. They know they can finish,” said Havelock coach Jeremiah Johnson.
D.H. Conley tied the match at 3-3 on a goal by Jeremy Mageau with 6:01 left in the first half, and a minute and a half later, Nate Evans put the Vikings on top 4-3 with a breakaway goal.
Evans, who netted four goals, put the game away with two in the second half, pushing the Conley lead to three goals.
Kilgore scored Havelock’s final goal with six minutes remaining. Baker scored two goals for the Rams.
“They are looking a lot better,” Johnson said of his team, which beat North Brunswick 3-0 and lost to Clinton 2-1 in the Battle of the Beach tournament over the weekend. “They are passing the ball to the way I know they are capable of.”
Havelock is scheduled to host Topsail on Thursday.
Adam Thompson is the sports editor of the Sun Journal.