Noah Kemble raced to the ball, beat the goalkeeper, and on his second-attempt, knocked it in the back of the net.
The Havelock graduate received a pass in the box from East teammate Bronson Watts, and capitalized in the 18th-minute of last week’s East-West boys’ soccer game in Greensboro.
“It wasn’t a perfect goal,” said Kemble, playing in his last high school match before heading to play at George Mason. “One of my friends pushed me a through ball and the goalie and I were chasing it. I got a foot on it and it deflected off the goalkeeper’s chest and hit a defender.
“It bounced in front of me and I finished it off. It was kind of a second-effort goal.”
Kemble’s goal gave the East a 2-0 advantage. His team ultimately won 5-2, giving the East squad its third win in the past five years.
“It was definitely a relief. It felt great, especially being in an all-star game, but it was mostly about having fun with old teammates and friends that I’ve known for a long time,” Kemble said. “It was great we came out with a 5-2 win. I was happier for the team than for myself at that point.”
Kemble’s goal was the East’s second in a two-minute span. The East carried a 2-1 lead to halftime.
Rain washed out practice times, and Kemble had just one 30-minute training session before going to the movies with his teammates.
“It wasn’t as much training as we expected, but at that level, we know how to play soccer and we knew how to play with each other. Going into the game, we were still pretty confident,” Kemble said.
Kemble had participated in two all-star games in less than two weeks. He had an assist for the North Carolina squad in the Clash of the Carolinas on July 12 in Charleston, S.C. His team won that match as well.
“I’m glad we got the win,” Kemble said. “I got to meet a lot of new friends and got to play with some old friends. I am happy I could win with the team.”
Kemble scored 19 goals as a senior at Havelock High and 26 in his junior season.
His first exhibition college soccer match is against Villanova on Aug. 19.
“I am really excited. I can’t wait for it to start,” Kemble said. “I’m ready to start training with the team and get things going with the season.”
Adam Thompson is the sports editor of the Sun Journal.