What a way to get back on track.
After a brutal 1-0 loss to No. 6 Indiana, the 12th-ranked North Carolina men’s soccer team (2-1) bounced back in decisive fashion on Friday with a 6-1 win at William & Mary (1-2).
The North Carolina attack was the picture of composure throughout, playing within themselves and spreading the ball around freely.
Junior Mauricio Pineda opened scoring in the 15th minute with a goal inside the box to put the Tar Heels ahead. Moments later, two free kicks finished off by senior Nils Bruening would give North Carolina a 3-0 cushion at the half: the first, a graceful header inside the box in the 21st minute; the second, a laser of an upper 90 volley in the 32nd minute. Bruening’s versatility and ball skills were on full display with the pair of goals, his first two of the year. In fact, every Tar Heel goal was provided by a player who hadn’t yet scored this season.