The Havelock girls soccer team inched closer to the third spot in the Coastal 3A Conference with a 2-1 victory Tuesday at Havelock High.


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The Havelock girls soccer team inched closer to the third spot in the Coastal 3A Conference with a 2-1 victory Tuesday at Havelock High.



Lauren Seegel’s goal with just less than 11 minutes left in the match proved the game-winner and moved Havelock (10-7-1, 6-4-1) into a virtual tie with West Carteret (10-5-1, 6-4)  in the league standings. West Carteret has games remaining against Richlands and Swansboro, while Havelock hosts last-place West Craven at 6 p.m. Thursday.



“Either way, I think we will make it in the playoffs, but it feels good to hopefully seal the deal,” Havelock coach Amy McCutcheon said. “It would feel good to be the next ones behind Jacksonville and Swansboro just because they’re both so great and are such good fundamental teams.”



White Oak took control of the second half quickly, holding the Rams to just one shot on goal in the first 29 minutes. However, Seegel gained control of the ball about 30 yards out, settled it and then fired a shot that found the top right corner of the net, lifting the Rams to a 2-1 lead with 10:56 left in the match.



“I was so excited when I got it,” Seegel said. “I felt like I was going to get one. I just had to wait for the right time. I just saw the hole.”



White Oak had opportunities in the last minutes. Two free kicks found Havelock’s defensive wall. A ball sailed just wide off Jordyn Haverly’s free kick with three minutes left.



“We played good. We just missed a lot of opportunities to go ahead in the second half,” said White Oak coach Buddy Carroll, whose team sits in fifth at 9-12 overall and 4-7 in the league but with a chance to make the playoffs. “It’s just one of those games where lack of finishing hurt us.”



The Rams put seven shots on goal in the first half, but it was the last one with just less than two minutes left that gave Havelock a 1-0 lead. Elizabeth Vernier fed a ball up the middle of the field to Dominique Martinez, who chipped the ball past the keeper for the goal.



White Oak scored in the second half with 24 minutes left when Kayla Boudreau put in Haverly’s corner kick, tying the match at 1-1. Boudreau had two shots hit the post on the night.



Havelock had 10 shots on goal, while White Oak had eight. Havelock’s Kailynn Simmons had two saves, and Melanie Dorsey had three. MaryKate Helms had eight saves for the Vikings.



There were two yellow cards issued, one for each team, and a Havelock High fan was ejected from the stadium for yelling derogatory comments about the referee with just more than two minutes left.