The No. 2 North Carolina field hockey team (7-1, 2-0 ACC) defeated Appalachian State (5-4, 1-1 MAC), 6-1, in Chapel Hill on Sunday.
Less than 48 hours after North Carolina defeated Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, the Tar Heels looked to win their sixth straight game.
Coming out lighting fast, UNC’s forwards and midfielders pressed out, riding the ball back on defense to try and gain extra possessions on offense.
“We are struggling a little bit, just because we don’t want to plump as much,” senior forward Paityn Wirth said. “We have found that we all want to help each other, so we are really focusing on getting the stretch, getting the width and using the whole field.”
Midway through the first quarter, the Tar Heels scored three goals in a span of less than two minutes. The first goal came from first-year midfielder Sanne Hak, who converted on a penalty stroke after the Tar Heels were fouled inside the shooting circle.
The second goal came off a penalty corner where sophomore midfielder Sietske Bruning shot the ball from the top of the circle, which eventually was redirected in by Ryleigh Heck into the top of the goal.