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Ortega lifts Eagles over Rams

Varsity vs Havelock HS on 10/2/2012 6:00:00 PM
Posted Tuesday, October 02, 2012 by New Bern Sun Journal

West Craven versus Havelock boys' soccer

HAVELOCK — Eliazar Ortega proved that his name belongs in the same sentence as teammate Lamberto Gomez and Havelock’s Noah Kemble, in regards as the area’s best soccer player.

The West Craven star had a hat trick Tuesday in the Eagles’ 4-3 win at Havelock.

Havelock raced out to a 2-0 lead in the first 20 minutes of the game behind goals from Kemble and Peter Brown, and seemingly had things in hand.

At the 13:09 mark of the first half, Ortega ignited a fire in the Eagles’ offense with the first goal for the visitors.

Ortega followed with goals at the 7:51 and 5:21 marks — all three of which were assisted by Gomez.

With 1:38 remaining in the half, Gomez found the back of the net, giving West Craven (6-5-1, 4-3) a 4-2 lead at intermission.

“I just had a lot of confidence in me tonight,” Ortega said.

“My teammates believed in me and I kept taking good shots and pushing hard, and we never gave up.”

Brown added his second goal late in the second half to cut the deficit to one goal, but the Rams couldn’t cap the comeback.

“That’s the first time that we’ve been able to come back like that and get a win. Being down two goals here at Havelock is tough,” West Craven coach Aaron Steele said.

“The left side of the field was working tonight and Eliazar (Ortega) kept taking advantage of Berto (Gomez) being doubled and he pulled the trigger like I told him to tonight.”

After scoring an early goal, Kemble was harassed by Eagle defender Phiong Nay and was limited to minute scoring chances for the rest of the night.

“We had intensity early on and just lost it,” Havelock coach Jeffrey Harris said.

“I think the guys got a little too comfortable with that 2-0 lead, and then we got in too big of a hole. We came back with good intensity again in the second half, but it was too late.”

Gomez, the West Craven’s captain, said he kept his guys’ spirits up after falling behind early.

“I just told them to hold their heads up and push even harder and that I would get them the ball when they were doubling me,” he said. “I told Eliazar to be ready that I was coming to him on the release when they doubled me and he came through for us.”

Havelock (10-4-1, 3-3-1) hosts South Central Thursday, while the Eagles take on Jacksonville Thursday in Vanceboro.


Jordan Honeycutt can be reached at 252-635-5670 or at Jordan.Honeycutt@newbernsj.com. Follow Jordan on Twitter @jhoneynbsj29.

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