Miguel Diaz-Maurino is a Spanish foreign exchange student at Havelock High playing on the soccer team.
Tuesday in a match against Greenville Rose, he brought his brand of futbol to Rams Stadium in the form of three goals in Havelock’s 6-3 victory.
“I don’t know what to say,” Diaz-Maurino said. “It was awesome to score the hat trick.”
The victory improves Havelock’s record to 2-2 on the season.
Noah Kemble chipped in with two goals on his 17th birthday and Kevin Quinn added a goal for the Rams.
“I thought our team played really well tonight,” Kemble said. “It has been a tough start going 2-2, because I don’t think we are playing to our full potential. It was our first home game and was nice to win, but we have a lot of work to do.”
Havelock led 3-1 at the half and battled through a physical and chippy match to get the victory for new coach Jeremiah Johnson.
“It has been a rollercoaster already,” Johnson said. “I didn’t expect a 2-2 start, but the guys are battling and improving. We have 13 seniors and they want more out of this season than just to play.”
The Rams defeated Northside in the season opener, lost to East Duplin and then fell to Laney Monday.
“It was tough to play Laney last night and get back to Havelock around midnight and turn around and play Rose tonight, so it has already been a long week,” Kemble said.
Havelock’s next match is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at Southwest Onslow.