When Quenzi Huerman was available in the transfer portal last offseason, it was “game on” for UNC men’s soccer coach Carlos Somoano.
While Huerman said it was difficult finding the right spots and being there at the right moments early on in his first season at UNC, his goal and two assists on Tuesday showed that he's now found his groove within the North Carolina offense as the team's right winger.
On Tuesday night, Huerman tallied his fifth goal of the season in a 3-0 win over UNC Wilmington. The graduate midfielder is the leading scorer of this year’s team, and his five goals are the most recorded by a Tar Heel in their first six games of the season since 2011.
Huerman also recorded both assists on graduate forward Martin Vician's brace to round out his 4-point performance. The two transfers have been the highlights of UNC's offense this season.
“It's been working and we're still developing certain patterns and still developing that right chemistry, but we’ve made some good progress,” Vician said. “And it’s just exciting to be on the field with Quenzi.”
Huerman’s goal came in the 74th minute and put the bow on the victory for the Tar Heels, extending their unbeaten streak to six. After receiving a pass into the box from junior midfielder Juan Caffaro, he flicked the ball past a defender and the goalie into the bottom part of the net.
Huerman didn't celebrate on his own, but rather, embraced his teammate Caffaro.
“I know his [family was] in the stands watching — they came all the way from Argentina — so it was very special for me to get that goal from him,” Huerman said.
Even before scoring that goal, Huerman marshaled the team's aggressive approach.