Rams score seven goals in second half of 8-0 victory

Havelock soccer coach Ron Thomas knows any victory in the Coastal 3A Conference is a good one.

The Rams opened league play with a convincing 8-0 victory over West Craven Tuesday at Havelock High.

“First conference game, so it was very important for us,” Thomas said. “We wanted to come out and make a good showing.”

Havelock (3-5-1, 1-0) did just that in the second half, scoring seven goals to put the match away.

The Rams put 10 shots on goal in the first half but managed only Christian Hoomana’s goal off Colby Passmore’s throw-in to lead 1-0 at intermission, thanks in part to nine saves from West Craven’s Kentrell Keys.

“We got a lot of what we wanted as far as maintaining possession in their half of the field,” Thomas said. “We put some good shots on goal, and my message at halftime was that we were getting everything that we wanted. Just keep the energy up and keep doing that, and the balls will start to go in, which they did.”

Kobe Billington put Hoomana’s corner kick in the net just four minutes into the second half, and just four minutes after that, Hoomana fed Deland Reed, who scored on his birthday for a 3-0 Havelock contest.

“You’re 1-0 at halftime, and they’re a goal away,” Thomas said. “I felt like the next goal was obviously very important because if it gets tied in the second half, that’s a very big momentum shift their way. We needed to really come in with a burst of energy and score the next goal because I felt like then we could carry the momentum to the end.”

Cody Gundlach scored on a penalty kick, and John Mills scored off Ryan Wickman’s throw-in for a 5-0 margin. Hoomana scored off a Mills assist, Gundlach added one on a free kick and Timothy Togafau scored off a Gundlach assist to wrap up Havelock’s scoring.

After failing to get a shot on goal in the first half, the Eagles (1-5, 0-1) found some offense in the second half with three shots on goal, but each one was turned away.

“We did kind of fall apart a little bit in the second half after making some changes to try to generate some offense,” West Craven coach Brad Guth said. “We shifted some folks from defense to offense, and then our defense just lost it.

“I think we played our best. I think we were outmatched with Havelock. We look forward to the next meeting. Perhaps we’ll play a little better.”

Havelock is next scheduled to play Jacksonville at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Havelock High.

West Craven is next scheduled to play at West Carteret on Sept. 22.