QUINCY -- The first goal of Kingsford Adjei's collegiate career should have been something for the Quincy University men's soccer team to celebrate.
Too bad the Hawks gave away their chance to relish the moment.
Leading 1-0 after Adjei scored just 42 seconds into the second half Thursday at Legends Stadium, Quincy failed to clear a ball twice in a nine-minute span and Purdue Northwest turned both miscues into goals and a 2-1 victory.
"It's all mistakes," QU coach Mike Carpenter said. "It wasn't like it was isolated to two mistakes on two goals. Too many unnecessary mistakes occurred on the ball that players at this level should not be making."
The Hawks (1-2) have allowed six goals in their first three games with all six goals occurring in the 60th minute or later.
"It's about being better on the ball and not making the mistakes we made," Carpenter said.
Scoreless at halftime in a game played mostly in the middle third of the field, the Hawks seized control quickly when Adjei, a freshman forward, took a pass from freshman midfielder Hayden Tucker and buried a shot from about 8 yards from the goal.
"It was awesome," junior midfielder Cooper Reis said. "Everyone was hyped up and ready to go again."
Twice in the next five minutes, the Hawks had an opportunity to double their lead. Senior wing Kyle Fraser hit a shot right at the goalkeeper, and off a Fraser corner kick, freshman forward Eduardo Vivanco struck a shot that sizzled over the crossbar.
"That would have been huge," Reis said of Vivanco's shot. "It would have changed the game for us. Just unlucky."
It stayed a one-goal advantage until the 65th minute when the Hawks failed to clear a ball and the Pride was able to play it to the right corner. Purdue Northwest's Isaih Nieves crossed a ball to Enrique Serna, who one-timed a shot from the middle of the penalty area for the tying goal.
Nine minutes later, QU goalkeeper Adam Whybrow was caught out of the goal when the Hawks failed to clear. The Pride's Justin Barragan popped a shot over everyone and bounced it into the open net for the game-winning goal.
"The way we responded. That's what I liked," Purdue Northwest coach Ryan Hayes said. "At that point in time, especially on the road, it can go one of two ways. You can concede another one or bounce it around and turn it around. I was proud of the way they turned it around."
Now the Hawks have to do that. They head to Marquette, Mich., for a game Sunday against Northern Michigan before opening Great Lakes Valley Conference play next week at Rockhurst.
"We need to be able to find a way to control the ball," Reis said. "That may be keeping possession and building out of the back or keeping it through the midfield. We've relied too much on kicking it long. That's affected our forwards' ability to continue to run forward because they're going to be tired running the whole game."
Purdue Northwest 2, Quincy 1
16 Shots 17
8 Saves 5
4 Corners 7
20 Fouls 7
1 Offsides 2
Purdue Northwest 0 2--2
Quincy 0 1--1
Q–Kingsford Adjei (Hayden Tucker), 45:42
P--Enrique Serna (Isaiah Nieves), 65:45
P--Justin Barragan (unassisted), 74:55