The No. 9 North Carolina men's soccer team cruised to a 5-0 win over Boston College for the team's most dominant display of the season.
A four-goal night from sophomore Nils Bruening led the University of North Carolina (7-1, 3-0 ACC) to a decisive 5-0 win over conference opponent, the Eagles (5-3, 1-2 ACC.) Going into the game having scored only one goal before this season, Bruening scored the most goals in one game by a UNC player since Ryan Kneipper scored five against Winthrop in 2002.
Who stood out?
Nils Bruening was a one-man show, scoring four goals and earning an obvious nod as the most impactful player of the game. Bruening, who came off the bench in the 26th minute as a substitution made an immediate impact on North Carolina’s play.
With the Tar Heels unable to convert on close chances, the forward got things going seven minutes into his appearance by charging right into the box to put away a cross from Alan Winn.
He doubled North Carolina’s lead just two minutes later by effortlessly slipping the ball past Boston goalkeeper Cedric Saladin after Nico Melo found Bruening near the net.
Bruening added two goals in the second half as well, yet again just minutes apart. He laid it on by scoring in the 82nd and 83rd minutes, with two assists coming from Zach Wright, and one from Jack Skahan.
North Carolina goalkeeper James Pyle posted his fifth shutout of the season after coming up with six saves.