Havelock to face 18-1 Cleveland in soccer playoffs

Published: Monday, May 6, 2013 at 03:39 PM.

With junior Natalie Johnson and freshman Dominique Martinez up top, and five reliable defenders, Havelock soccer coach Jeff Harris feels his team can match up with anyone.

Johnson and Martinez have 35 combined goals, while the defense has eight shutouts.

The Rams (14-7), the No. 4 seed from the Coastal Conference, is scheduled to play at Cleveland (18-1) at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the first round of the 3A soccer playoffs.

“We feel pretty confident,” Harris said. “I’ve been looking through stuff, and I think we compare with anybody.”

Johnson and Martinez have stepped up their play following a mid-season injury loss to Ali Wickman, who had been the team’s leading scorer.

The Rams have 70 goals on the season. Johnson leads the Rams with 18 goals and eight assists, while Martinez has 16 goals and 10 assists, and Ashley Bickel has contributed seven goals and seven assists.

“It’s been a journey to see who we were going to put up front,” Harris said. “Together, they are a pretty good combination.”

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