Midway through the first half against Wake Forest on Thursday, the North Carolina women's soccer team was locked in a tight battle.
That was when UNC head coach Anson Dorrance decided he needed to make a change.
In the 28th minute, he subbed in six new players — including redshirt senior Ru Mucherera, who proved to be the difference maker in an eventual 4-0 win.
In the 36th minute, Mucherera got credit for an assist on the first goal of the match. She fed the ball to junior Lois Joel, who delivered a long cross into the box to an open Zoe Redei. The senior headed the ball high into the air and past the goalkeeper for a 1-0 lead.
Less than two minutes later, Mucherera kicked in a goal of her own. After making a strong run just outside of the box, the forward collected an airborne ball using her chest. She brought the ball down to her weak foot and then blasted it into the back of the net.
Mucherera knows her role on the team is to bring a passion to every match, one that helped the Tar Heels secure their victory against the Demon Deacons.
“It’s senior year — I’m just literally like, ‘Give it your all,’” Mucherera said. “I come off the field, and I’m wheezing, but at least I’m on the field, and I did my job. I did what (Dorrance) told me to do. I’m also working for my teammates; it’s not just me.”
Dorrance, for his part, was impressed with Muchera’s outing.
“I’m really pleased with Ru’s performance,” he said. “...This is probably the best she’s played so far this season. I thought her goal in the first half was absolutely majestic.”