Amber Munerlyn charged into the Fetzer Field box with a reckless abandon — the kind of aggression you wouldn’t normally see out of a person who had her teeth knocked in a couple of weeks ago, who still had a splint holding her jaw together, who dentists strongly suggested shouldn’t even be on a soccer field.
There were six minutes left in North Carolina’s Thursday-night 3-0 win against N.C. State, and there Munerlyn was, amid a crowd of Wolfpack defenders, taking a ball that knicked off of Kealia Ohai and punching it past the goalkeeper.
It was her first career goal. Earlier in the contest, in the 59th minute, the freshman forward tallied her first career assist.
Munerlyn was all over the field in her second game back from injury — after she took an elbow in the face in the first 30 seconds of UNC’s Sept. 15 match against Notre Dame. She’ll need to wear her splint for at least another month.
All the while, UNC coach Anson Dorrance looked on from the sidelines, amazed at her effort.