The No. 1 North Carolina field hockey team (3-1, 0-0 ACC) traveled to Philadelphia for the ACC-Ivy Challenge. The weekend series featured wins against the University of Pennsylvania (0-1, 0-0 Ivy) on Friday and No. 10 Princeton University (0-2, 0-0 Ivy) on Sunday.
Charly Bruder shines in 4-0 win against Penn
Following last week’s loss to Iowa, the Tar Heels wasted no time in ramping up the intensity against the Quakers.
On Friday, first-year forward Charly Bruder served as UNC’s spark plug, recording a goal off a penalty corner less than three minutes into the game. The goal was Bruder’s career first, scored less than 30 miles from her hometown of Malvern, Pa., and she went on to add another goal to help carry the Tar Heels to a 4-0 victory over Penn.
Bruder opted to forego the second semester of her senior year of high school, choosing instead to enroll early at North Carolina in January. Grayshirting in the spring allowed her to get more comfortable with what college classes are like, the campus and just being a first-year in general. Bruder was also able to further develop her hockey skills that spring, which set her up for success on the pitch this fall.
“There was no doubt in anybody's mind that she would make an impact this fall just coming in as a normal freshman,” UNC head coach Erin Matson said. “But then, when it was decided that she was a grayshirt and she was able to come in January, it was just that much better.”
Bruder’s performance on Friday was backed up by a stout North Carolina defense, which prevented Penn from registering a single shot during the first half and held the Quakers to just three shots for the game.
“We take pride in that,” Matson said. “It's part of Carolina field hockey, defending from the front and attacking from the back.”