No. 4 North Carolina started off their season strong with a 7-0 win against Bucknell at Dorrance Field on Thursday night.
UNC set the tone early in the fifth minute, as fifth-year senior forward Alex Rose put a beautiful low cross from junior forward Jonathan Jimenez into the bottom left corner of the net for a 1-0 lead.
The Tar Heels kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more goals in the next 16 minutes with crosses finished by junior forward Cameron Fisher and fifth-year senior forward Santiago Herrera respectively.
The offense stayed on the attack the entire first half as sophomore midfielder Ernest Bawa and graduate student midfielder Chris Sullivan extended the Tar Heels lead to 5-0, making the game all but over.
Entering the second half, UNC continued to pressure on the Bucknell defense with a 55th minute goal from Sullivan to make the score 6-0.
When it was all said and done, North Carolina converted on seven of their 14 shots on goal, and with fortifying defense throughout, Bucknell never came close to scoring as the Tar Heels maintained the shutout.
Who stood out?
Fisher was fantastic in the first half, scoring a goal off of a soaring cross from sophomore midfielder Tim Schels. With one touch on the right side, he smashed the ball into the back of the net to increase the Tar Heels lead to 2-0.