Rams get signature victory over Swansboro on Senior Night

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Havelock's Noah Kemble, right, goes to hug teammate Omar Gonzalez after the Rams beat Swansboro 3-1 on Monday at Havelock High. Kemble scored two goals and assisted on the other in his final home match of his career.

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Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 12:05 AM.

Noah Kemble raised his arms, almost floating to the rest of his teammates who began to stream toward him in celebration. The Havelock senior had just scored his second goal, a game-clincher, in a 3-1 victory over Swansboro, and he wanted to enjoy the moment in his last match at Havelock High.

“As soon as the ball went in, I kind of knew we were going to win the game,” Kemble said. “It’s the last goal I was ever going to score at home, so I tried to relish it as much as I could because I knew it was the last one.”

The Rams (7-8-2, 5-5) scored two goals in the first nine minutes of the match, taking control over the third-ranked Pirates (16-2-2, 10-1).

“I didn’t think we came out with the same intensity as Havelock did and Havelock really made us pay with those two early goals,” Swansboro coach Doug Kidd said. “One of our strengths this year has been our defending, and we broke down there, but again, credit Havelock for that.”

Playing on Senior Night and with a roster of 12 seniors, the Rams  came out full of emotion. Havelock scored on a throw-in when Justin Kilgore’s toss reached the front of the net where Kemble headed the ball past Swansboro keeper Nick Kohlman just three minutes into the match.

“It was great throw by Justin, and I just did my best to get to the goal, and I was lucky enough to get my head on it,” Kemble said.

Six minutes later, Kemble fed a streaking Kevin Quinn, who gave the Rams a 2-0 lead.

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