The No. 6 North Carolina field hockey team took down the No. 3 Virginia Cavaliers, 4-0, on Friday in Charlottesville, Va.
The Tar Heels (11-2, 3-1 ACC) scored three of their four goals in the second half to handle the Cavaliers. UNC got goals from four different players — junior midfielder Ashley Hoffman, sophomore midfielder Catherine Hayden, sophomore forward Marissa Creatore and sophomore midfielder Feline Guenther.
It was almost a scoreless first half for the Tar Heels, until Hoffman broke the seal in the final minute of the opening half. Junior midfielder Eva van’t Hoog controlled the ball off of a missed corner shot and found Hoffman, who found the back of the net to give North Carolina a 1-0 advantage heading into halftime.
UNC played more aggressively in the second half, taking a total of 17 shot attempts compared to just five in the first. Hayden and Creatore both scored less than 20 minutes into the second half — stretching the Tar Heels’ lead to 3-0.
Finally, in the 67th minute of the game, Guenther smacked a rebound into the back of the goal to complete North Carolina’s shutout.