The No. 1 North Carolina field hockey team closed out its weekend road trip with a dominant 3-1 win at Pennsylvania (0-2) on Sunday afternoon.
The Tar Heels (3-1) had a flurry of chances and penalty corners in the game’s opening minutes before Meredith Sholder scored 18 minutes in, giving UNC a lead it would not relinquish.
Just 21 seconds after Sholder’s goal, Marissa Creatore doubled the Tar Heels lead, scoring after a failed clearance by the Quakers.
Four minutes before the half, UNC added to its lead again, this time from a rebound goal by Megan DuVernois. DuVernois’ goal gave UNC a 3-0 lead going into the halftime break.
Along with its first half offensive burst, UNC was stifling defensively and controlled possession, holding Penn without a shot until Alexa Hoover’s attempt 47 minutes into the game. Minutes later, the Quakers finally managed to score thanks to a deflection goal by Rachel Huang off of a penalty corner. UNC head coach Karen Shelton was encouraged by the Tar Heels’ dominant first half, but said the second half left room for improvement.