On Tuesday night, junior Jack Skahan netted his first career hat trick in No. 5 North Carolina men’s soccer team's 4-0 win over Winthrop (3-9, 2-4 Big South).
It was the first hat trick for the team since 2016, and the forward could not have stepped up at a better time, as the Tar Heels (10-2-1, 4-1-0 ACC) have been struggling to find the back of the net in their recent matches.
“You need to be a poisonous snake, not a garden snake,” head coach Carlos Somoano said.
Skahan came out with that mentality. He kicked the scoring off early by converting a cross from sophomore John Nelson and heading the ball past the keeper in the 11th minute.
Against N.C. State on Friday, North Carolina had 18 shots, including five on goal, but were unable to score and lost to the Wolfpack, 1-0. Not being able to finish has become a recurring theme in the Tar Heels' season, but they seemed to figured out some of their issues against Winthrop.