New Bern starts quick, tops Havelock to open soccer season

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 08:52 PM.

But the Bears continued their solid play in the midfield. Havelock turned the ball over on a goal kick, and Boundurant again set up McLawhorn with what turned out to be the winning goal.

“We don’t have the big kick from the back,” Harris said. “We don’t have the person that can clear it on the goal kicks, so we’ve got to get a little more aggressive in the midfield when the ball doesn’t make it there.”

New Bern had seven shots on goal to Havelock’s two in the first half, but in the second half, both teams had opportunities. The Bears had five corner kicks but failed to convert, and had five shots within 25 yards that missed wide or high.

The Rams had more of an offensive threat in the second half. Lauren Seegel’s work in the right corner set up Natalie Johnson’s shot that Martinez deflected toward the left post, but Bear keeper Morgan Young made a diving save, helping preserve the victory.

“I thought we played much better in the second half,” Guter said. “We played with a little bit more discipline. That’s what we’re going to have to do. We have to get used to playing with more discipline and not necessarily having everyone running and chasing the ball all over the place.”

Harris said opening with a tough 4A opponent and playing the Bears even in the second half was a good start to the season.

“Overall, we’ve got a lot to work with, but we’ve got some things we have to take care of,” he said. “In the second half, we played a very solid game, but we’ve got to get beyond solid to get into some good stuff in order to head towards the championships that we want to do and think we can do. We’ve got a lot of talent on this team, but it’s about putting it together, and we’ve got some work to do.” 

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