Despite suffering a tough loss to Wake Forest on Friday in its ACC opener, the fourth-ranked UNC field hockey team responded well on Sunday–traveling to Boone and knocking off Appalachian State by a score of 6-1.
The Tar Heels (4-2) received a pair of goals from Ashley Hoffman, while Meredith Sholder, Gab Major, Kathryn Holland and Catherine Hayden also chipped in a goal apiece.
Hoffman put UNC ahead with a penalty corner just over seven minutes into the game.
From there, the Tar Heels eventually opened up a 6-0 lead before Appalachian State (2-4) finally got on the board with a goal from Taylor Cimbalist in the 68th minute.
UNC thoroughly dominated the action all day long, posting 19 shots on goal compared to just two for the Mountaineers.
Tar Heel head coach Karen Shelton was also able to give 21 different players some on-field action, with the outcome of the game never really in doubt.
“We’re trying to build off of Friday night,” Shelton said afterward. “We identified some issues and we’re trying to work on some things. We’re still looking to find ourselves and establish our identity and be able to execute consistently.”
The Tar Heels will host Boston College this Saturday, as they look to get their first win of the season against ACC competition. That game is scheduled to start at noon.
Photo via Jeffrey A. Camarati (UNC Athletics)