QUINCY -- Jefferson City Helias' gameplan took the Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer team a little by surprise.
"They came out and kind of parked the bus on us," Raiders coach Greg Reis said of the Crusaders' decision to pack it in defensively. "It took us a while to figure it out."
QND also had to overcome its own defensive mistakes.
Helias scored twice in the first eight minutes, but Colby Kapp scored two goals to tie the game and Mitchell Murphy scored the game-winning goal in the 63rd minute as the Raiders opened the season with a 3-2 victory in the QND/Quincy Recycle Tournament at Advance Physical Therapy Field.
"We woke up," Reis said.
Kapp scored in the ninth minute off an assist from Murphy to relieve a little of the pressure. Just 75 seconds before halftime, senior midfielder Peyton Stegeman pushed a ball through to Kapp, who touched it past the goalkeeper for the tying goal.
QND controlled the play in the second half. On Murphy's game-winner, senior forward Sam Nudo got behind the defense on the right wing and crossed a ball to the middle, where he buried the shot. The Raiders limited the Crusaders to only a couple scoring chances in the season half.
"We've got to tighten some things up," Reis said. "But I like the way we responded."
The Raiders will face Ladue Horton Watkins at 10 a.m. and Rock Island at 2 p.m. Saturday.