In a back-and-forth filled soccer match, the West Craven Eagles edged the Havelock Rams 3-2, thanks to two goals from a chief import.
Swedish foreign-exchange student Johannes Lindgren-Ingman delivered one goal in the first half for the Eagles’ first lead of 1-0, then the game-winner with 3:53 on the clock.
“It was on a throw in and I saw the ball bounce off one of their guys’ back and I just kicked it in,” Lindgren-Ingman said.
The game was tied 1-1 at halftime, off Lindgren-Ingman’s first goal and a header from Havelock star Noah Kemble.
Havelock’s Spanish foreign-exchange student Miguel Diaz-Maurino headed the ball into the net early in the second half to give the Rams a 2-1 advantage.
Hunter Games answered with a goal at the 19:06 mark, setting up Lindgren-Ingman’s clincher.
“I think we just were able to keep our composure and not hit the panic button when they took the lead early in the second half,” West Craven coach Aaron Steele said.
“It has always been a down-to-the-wire game with Havelock whenever we play Havelock and we had to step up. This win was huge for us because we needed to get out of a rut we had been in and get some of our respect back.”
The Eagles improve to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the Coastal Conference, while Havelock falls to 2-6-2 overall and 0-3 in the conference.
“I really don’t know what happened to us tonight,” Havelock coach Jeremiah Johnson said. “West Craven stepped up and they were hungrier. We just need to keep playing to our level and not to the level of our competition.”
Havelock hosts White Oak Tuesday.
Jordan Honeycutt is a reporter for the Sun Journal.