Women's College Soccer

Missed opportunities lead to loss for Hawks

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 2, 2018 12:01 am Updated: Sep. 4, 2018 9:45 am

QUINCY -- If the Quincy University women's soccer team wasn't creating scoring chances, Marc Hager might have more to worry about it.

As it is, helping the Hawks find ways to finish is what will have him preoccupied.

Quincy outshot Davenport 19-15 and owned a 10-2 advantage on corner kicks, but the Panthers scored a pair of unanswered goals in the second half and came away with a 2-0 victory Sunday at Legends Stadium.

"I thought we created the better chances at times," Hager said. "It just didn't go our way. We countered well and created some really good opportunities. They just weren't going to go in for us."

Sometimes, that happens.

"And losing happens," QU senior forward Cassidy Foley said. "You have to learn from it and grow from it."

In this case, the Hawks have to glean from it what led to their scoring chances.

After a scoreless first half, Quincy built up its attack in the first 15 minutes of the second half and pinned Davenport on its own goal line. Starting with Baylee Smith's shot in the 52nd minute and ending with Mo Rooney's shot in the 61st minute, the Hawks had seven corner kicks and eight shots. Four of the shots were blocked by defenders, and Davenport goalkeeper Macie DeWyse had to make only one save.

"We talked at halftime and made some adjustments and some changes, and it created a lot of chances in the second half," Foley aid.

Just 90 seconds after the Hawks' flurry ended, the Rangers were on the move.

Off a long ball played forward, the Panthers' Alayna Hilgendorf slotted a shot into the bottom left corner of the net for a 1-0 lead.

"It's frustrating because they scored immediately after a sustained amount of pressure from us," Hager said. "That kind of took the wind out of our sails."

In the 71st minute, Davenport's Ashlyn Skidmore took a pass from Alice Linsell and laced a shot from about 25 yards out that sizzled into the upper left corner of the net, far out of the reach of QU keeper Emilee Autry.

"Sometimes it just doesn't go your way," Foley said.

With road games coming up next weekend against Wisconsin-Parkside and Ferris State in Indianapolis, the Hawks will get a sneak peek at what Great Lakes Valley Conference weekends will be like.

"We're going to learn how to bounce back," Hager said.

Davenport 2, Quincy 0

DAV QU

15 Shots 19

5 Saves 7

2 Corners 10

11 Fouls 9

0 Offides 0

Davenport 0 2--2

Quincy 0 0--0

D--Alayna Hilgendorf (unassisted), 62:40

D--Ashlyn Skidmore (Alice Linsell), 73:29

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