Herald-Whig

Reserve judgment: Subs help Hawks win home opener

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

QUINCY -- The first goal didn't change what Quincy University men's soccer coach Mike Carpenter wanted.

Everything that led to the second goal was much more to his liking.

Displeased with his team's effort and organization during the first 20 minutes of Sunday's game against Wisconsin-Parkside, Carpenter had five players ready to check in when Aubrey Reis slipped free in the penalty area and drilled a shot into the right side of the net.

The lead didn't change the message. The reserves went in, and with five minutes remaining in the first half, freshman midfielder Hayden Tucker -- one of those subs -- scored his first career goal to highlight a 2-1 victory at Legends Stadium.

"We use our bench to play at a high level for the entire 90 minutes," Tucker said. "When it starts to fall off or drop off, that's when the bench needs to be there. That's why the bench is so important in this game."

Carpenter wasn't shy about leaning on his bench either.

"We didn't start as well as I would have liked, and I think that was obvious with my emotions," he said. "Once we made a few changes, the energy and the effort got better. The game turned, and it turned in the right direction for us."

Reis' goal -- his second in two games -- was the result of a strong buildup from the left wing as he took a pass from Kingsford Adjei, touched it forward into space and ripped a shot that Wisconsin-Parkside goalkeeper Juan Gonzalez didn't react to until the ball was past him.

It was the start of a solid response to Thursday's 3-1 season-opening loss to Northeastern State.

"Everyone was motivated and everyone knew what we had to do," Reis said.

Last year's 4-0 loss to the Rangers influenced that.

"We had a little grudge against them, and we wanted to take care of business," Reis said.

In the 39th minute, the Hawks earned a corner kick, which Kyle Fraser lofted perfectly into the middle of the box. It bounced right to Tucker's foot, and he buried the shot for a 2-0 lead.

"It was perfect, wasn't it?" Tucker said. "It was great to see two goals go in early."

A halftime lead gave the Hawks confidence.

"Even though it was up against us and we were struggling to get anything going, we found a way," Reis aid. "It was good to get in front before half."

The Rangers cut the deficit in half in the 75th minute, but the pressure the Hawks maintained -- they outshot the Rangers 8-6 in the second half -- allowed them to put the game away and show a quality response to a disappointing outcome in the season opener.

"The most important thing is we stayed together as a team," Tucker said. "We didn't put our heads down and start to fall apart. This wasn't one of those games that might have been the prettiest, but we grinded it out. That's the thing that breaks teams."

Quincy 2, Wisconsin-Parkside 1

WP QU

15 Shots 14

5 Saves 8

6 Corners 7

14 Fouls 16

0 Offsides 0

Parkside 0 1--1

Quincy 2 0--2

Q--Aubrey Reis (Kingsford Adjei), 22:31

Q--Hayden Tucker (Kyle Fraser), 39:25

WP--Stevi Krecak (unassisted), 75:11