WINSTON-SALEM — After losing its season opener against Michigan on Saturday, the No. 1 North Carolina field hockey team rebounded on Sunday with a 4-1 win over Iowa in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
UNC struck early in the game, scoring off a penalty corner right after the 10-minute mark in the first half. Senior midfielder Kristy Bernatchez sent the corner in for a shot attempt by sophomore Ashely Hoffman. The ball was saved, but Bernatchez snuck by the cage to tap in the rebound and give the Tar Heels a 1-0 lead.
UNC earned its second goal through its trademark passing. After receiving the ball on the left side of the field, redshirt first-year Catherine Hayden drew the keeper out of the cage and then passed the ball off to sophomore Mackenzie Mick in the middle of the circle. Mick capitalized on the open net for her first career goal, giving the Tar Heels a 2-0 lead.
Iowa got one back when redshirt senior forward Natalie Cafone intercepted a North Carolina clearance in the circle and lifted in a nice shot to halve UNC’s lead. The Tar heels tacked on a couple of insurance goals late in the second half to kill Iowa’s comeback attempt and seal the game.
Who stood out?
Sophomore Ashley Hoffman anchored UNC back line, clearing balls and acting as a pivot in North Carolina's attack. She also had an assist on UNC’s first goal.