Attacker Ella Hazar recorded her 100th career assist on a pass to attacker Jamie Ortega with 18:57 to play in the first half. She became the first Tar Heel in program history to reach the century mark. The next closest Tar Heel was Becky Lynch who had 92 in her career spanning 2009-12. Hazar's accomplishment came just 11 days after surpassing Lynch and becoming the all-time UNC leader in assists.
“The 100th assist thing is because of everybody that I’ve worked with at Carolina," Hazar said. "You know, you can’t get assists without people finishing”.
Hazar has many weapons surrounding her on the offensive side of the field, such as midfielder Marie McCool, attacker Katie Hoeg, and Ortega, all of whom scored at least two goals and tallied an assist in the win. But the success and poise has been instilled by the coaches and upperclassmen who have confidence in every member of the team.
“As a senior, I think we (all) need to inspire confidence in them," Hazar explained. "So they know that if I’m feeding them I trust them enough that I hope that they can finish. Trying to find that chemistry with different players is honestly what I try to do every single day”.
Head coach Jenny Levy was complimentary when mentioning Hazar, noting her high IQ, and how Levy herself loves having a player who wants to distribute the ball the way that Hazar does. But it’s not only her IQ that makes her a special player.
“She’s constantly talking to our younger players and helping them out knowing where they need to be and helping them navigate the game," Levy said about the senior. “Not only is she distributing the ball, she’s helping coach and teach”.
While Hazar produced a strong stat line that included two goals and an assist, she knows there could be improvement from the team as a whole. On a few occasions, she fed the crease on a perfect pass and the recipient would miss just wide or high of the cage.
“Today wasn’t a great representation of that (finishing), but we’re going to get better every day”, said Hazar.
With Hazar leading the way, those issues will likely be sewn up quickly.
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