After suffering back-to-back 1-0 losses, the No. 5 North Carolina women’s soccer team needed a breakthrough performance to get back on track.
And behind the reliable Crystal Dunn and her first career hat trick, a breakthrough performance is what UNC got.
The Tar Heels (8-2-0, 2-2 ACC) defeated Miami (6-3-0, 1-3 ACC) 4-0 Sunday afternoon in Coral Gables to give them the confidence coach Anson Dorrance said his team so desperately needed as it continues through a tough ACC slate.
“Even though I thought we did some good things in our last two games, two straight losses chips into your confidence,” Dorrance said. “With this game we not only got the shutout — it was our first ACC shutout — but also we scored some goals, something we haven’t been able to do the past few games.”
After coming out of the first half with a 1-0 lead behind Dunn’s first goal, UNC exploded offensively in the second half, taking 13 of its 22 shots and scoring its next two goals – both by Dunn – in a matter of seven minutes .