SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Quincy University men's soccer players learned the hype surrounding Northeastern State is deserved.
The RiverHawks, ranked 17th in the United Soccer Coaches preseason poll, showcased their athleticism and pace in a 3-1 victory over the Hawks in the season opener Thursday night.
"I think it's one of those games where, from a fan perspective, you watched a high quality game," QU coach Mike Carpenter said. "Games like this come down to taking advantage of your opportunities. They did that. We didn't."
Specifically, the Hawks didn't take advantage of several first-half chances. Quincy outshot Northeastern State 7-3 and forced RiverHawks goalkeeper Thomas Salenbein to make three saves. Two of those saves came in the final 12 minutes when Salenbein stopped a header from QU sophomore midfielder Simon Chretein and a blast from freshman forward Eduardo Vivanco.
"When we were on top of the game, we didn't take advantage of our chances," Carpenter said. "We missed breakaways and 1-on-1 opportunities that we have to do a better job of putting away."
Northeastern State made that hurt. In the 63rd minute, the RiverHawks' Flynn Semmerling cut back when the defense dove in and slotted a shot from 10 yards out for a 1-0 lead. In the 77th minute, Northeastern State's Trevor Reed buried a header off a set piece. Joe Garcia made it 3-0 with a goal in the 80th minute.
"We made mistakes and they made us pay for it," Carpenter said. "They forced us to make those mistakes."
Aubrey Reis scored in the 88th minute off a Hayden Tucker assist for the Hawks' lone goal.
Northeastern State 3, Quincy 1
12 Shots 13
7 Saves 1
6 Corners 2
15 Fouls 10
0 Offsides 2
Northeastern St. 0 3--3
Quincy 0 1--1
N--Flynn Semmerling (Joe Garcia), 63:00
N--Trevor Reed (Garcia), 77:00
N--Garcia (Reed), 80:00
Q–Aubrey Reis (Hayden Tucker), 88:00