Every time the No. 2 North Carolina field hockey team puts the ball in the back of the cage, head coach Erin Matson said it's a tradition to put up two fingers.
Two fingers signify the two minutes following a goal, which Matson said are the most dangerous moments in any game.
Those two minutes can go one of two ways:
In the first scenario, the Tar Heels get complacent. The team is swept up by the excitement of scoring, and opponents take advantage.
In the second scenario — the preferred one — UNC capitalizes off of offensive momentum to put away another goal.
In UNC's 3-0 shut-out victory over No. 17 Wake Forest on Friday, as well as the team's dominant 6-1 win against Appalachian State on Sunday, the Tar Heels chose the second scenario — repeatedly taking advantage of those two precious minutes to seal both games in their favor.
"We've been focusing a lot on scoring goals. So it's good for our confidence that it finally paid off," forward Sanne Hak said of UNC's six-goal first half against the Mountaineers.
Hak scored the team's first goal of the day off a penalty stroke, marking the first-year's first-ever goal in a North Carolina uniform.
This initiated the Tar Heels' offensive momentum and started the ticking of Matson's imaginary two-minute timer.