The No. 5 North Carolina field hockey team finished its regular season with a 9-1 win against Appalachian State.
Offensive control was the story in the first half for UNC. The Tar Heels (15-4, 4-3 ACC) forced the action throughout, tallying 34 shots while Appalachian State (1-14) struggled to find opportunities and registered two shots.
The Mountaineers weathered the onslaught well until the 17th minute. The Tar Heels broke through for the first goal of the afternoon when sophomore Eva van’t Hoog displayed impressive dribbling skills on the way to her seventh goal of the year. Redshirt first-year Catherine Hayden and sophomore Ashley Hoffman would both add a goal each, giving the Tar Heels a 3-0 halftime lead.
UNC stormed out of the gates in the second half, adding two goals to its lead in the first five minutes. Senior Lauren Moyer scored her 16th goal of the season on a breakaway for the Tar Heels. A minute later, Hayden notched her second goal of the game and her fourth of the year.
With a more than comfortable lead, the Tar Heels kept their foot on the gas. Moyer’s second goal of the game pushed the score to 6-0 in the 47th minute. Appalachian State scored in the 49th minute, only to be answered by three Tar Heel goals in the last 20 minutes of the game.