In the first home game of the season, the No. 3 North Carolina field hockey team defeated No. 9 Wake Forest 4-1 on Saturday.
North Carolina (4-1) and Wake Forest (3-2) started off the game with strong defense, as neither team scored in the first 15 minutes. But redshirt first-year midfielder Catherine Hayden broke past the Demon Deacons to score her first career goal on a rebound from fifth-year senior Emma Bozek’s shot. Senior forward Lauren Moyer added another goal less than 10 minutes later to extend UNC's lead to 2-0, but a wrap-around shot by Wake Forest’s first-year forward Nicola Pluta cut the lead in half shortly before halftime.
The Tar Heels began to take control of the game in the second half, when Bozek scored the Tar Heels’ third goal of the day off a penalty stroke. Sam Night’s goal with 18 minutes to go put the game out of reach for the Demon Deacons, enabling the Tar Heels to earn their fourth consecutive win of the season.