Rams fail to find back of the net in 2-0 loss

Tyler Oakley reared back and blasted a shot into the back of the net, just two minutes in.

Oakley’s first goal of the season got New Bern off to a good start as it marched to a 2-0 victory over Havelock in a non-conference soccer match Tuesday at New Bern High.

“That’s his first for the year. Hopefully that is something he builds on,” New Bern coach Tim Guter said.

The Bears had their opportunities after that, but goals were hard to come by.

They missed their next 17 shots on goal before Tham Rolan scored in the 72nd minute, providing the last of the team’s goals.

“Tham was where he supposed to be and finished it. He had the opportunity and put it in the back of the net,” Guter said.

New Bern (2-4) took 20 shots on goal – 10 in each half.

“We scored on our first shot, and then I think we were 0-for-the next 17,” Guter said. “It’s the story of our season so far. We are sitting here trying to score goals, but we want to make extra passes or try and tee up a perfect shot. We had multiple one-v-ones with their goalkeeper and just didn’t convert.”

Cedric Boyd had three shots on goal in the first half, Neeko Helbich had two. Andrew Chiles, Oakley, Logan Griffin and Christian Morales had opportunities. Daniel Rust ripped four shots on goal in the second half.

“Their keeper made some big saves. I think their defense played well, but we were unable to score goals,” Guter said.

New Bern’s defense, sparked by backs Tanner Jackson, Tristyn West, Hpaw Tee and Hay Thar kept Havelock off the board, and goalkeeper John Tayloe recorded five saves.

“We battled through. Tristyn West and Tanner Jackson played very well, and John Tayloe in the back is a very special goalkeeper,” Guter said. “(Havelock) is a quality team and they play hard. Anytime you have a New Bern-Havelock game, you are going to have a lot of intensity.”

Havelock had nine shots on goal, most of them by Christian Hoomana. Goalkeeper Christian Gardner had 13 saves.

“I think we put in a good, consistent effort. I think we played decently defensively,” Havelock coach Ron Thomas said. “You have to give (New Bern) credit. They had some pretty good offensive weapons, and we did a good job of keeping it at 2-0.

“(Gardner) did an awesome job. He’s been very solid for us all year long.”

New Bern travels to New Hanover on Wednesday. Havelock (2-4-1) travels to J.H. Rose on Thursday.

Adam Thompson is the sports editor of the Sun Journal.