Someone was bound to break out, and that someone was sophomore Nils Bruening — who scored four goals to help the Tar Heels to a dominant 5-0 win.
The forward from Hamburg, Germany had only one goal coming into Friday’s match. But when he subbed into the game for UNC (7-1, 3-0 ACC) in the 26th minute, he didn’t wait to make his impact.
His first goal of the game came from a perfect delivery by junior forward Alan Winn, and Bruening was able to place the ball past the Boston College (5-3, 1-2 ACC) goalkeeper to give his team an early lead.
“It’s great having a big target, but it’s just about consistency and persistency,” Winn said. “We have to do it every time.”
Bruening wasn’t done. Just two minutes after bagging his first goal of the game, he notched his second.
Winn began the action once again, as he played the ball wide right to redshirt senior Nico Melo.
The nifty Melo sent a cross into a crowded box, but the ball eventually found its way to Bruening — who placed it into the back of the net.
The German forward didn’t let off the gas and was just inches away from a first-half hat trick. The chance came off a menacing attack from the Tar Heels, but Bruening blasted the ball just right of the goal moments before the halftime buzzer.