Men's College Soccer

Hawks shut out for first time this season

Scott Prsha
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 6, 2018 12:15 am

QUINCY -- Scott Prsha knows how he wants his Quincy University men's soccer teammates to react to a third straight loss.

"We have to wake up tomorrow a little angry," the senior defender said.

There isn't much to be giddy about.

Southern Indiana capitalized on a pair of defensive breakdowns to score a goal in each half Friday night and leave Legends Stadium with a 2-0 victory and the only unblemished Great Lakes Valley Conference record in the league.

"Gutting out a win on the road in the GLVC is tough," Southern Indiana coach Mat Santoro said. "I thought for a lot of the night, they were better than us. They strung more passes together, created more chances and they have some real dangerous players in the final third. When you walk away with a shutout win, you're just going to take it."

The Hawks (4-6-1, 3-3-1 GLVC) were tied with the Screaming Eagles (8-1-1, 6-0-1 GLVC) for first place in the GLVC a week ago, but after allowing just two goals in a three-game win streak, QU's defense has fallen flat.

Southern Indiana became the third straight opponent to score two or more goals.

"Defensively, we have to sharpen up in the back," Prsha said. "That's as a whole. That's everybody."

The Hawks have to eliminate mistakes.

After failing to clear a corner kick that gave the Screaming Eagles a throw-in from the left sideline in the 27th minute, the Hawks couldn't get a bouncing ball out of the box. Southern Indiana's Eric Ramirez chopped the ball back toward the near post, where QU center back Ben Mero whiffed on a clearing attempt and had the ball go off his leg and over the goal line.

QU defender Alec Roussin attempted to slide in from the backside and clear the ball, but the linesman signaled the goal.

"We made a comedy of errors on that," QU coach Mike Carpenter said.

The QU coaching staff stressed all week how to contain the two most prominent ways Southern Indiana likes to score -- off set pieces and counterattacks. In the 73rd minute, the Screaming Eagles turned a counterattack led by Sean Rickey into a goal that deflated the Hawks.

It took the pressure off Southern Indiana's defense as Quincy managed just four shots in the second half after piling up 10 in the first half.

"What you have to do is get your chances on the other end," Santoro said. "Make them play the entire field and kind of threaten them a little bit. Make sure that's on their mind. Once they pin you in and all the chances are theirs, you don't have a prayer."

The Hawks didn't capitalize on those chances, getting shut out for the first time this season.

"We have to stop spiralling in the wrong direction," Prsha said.

Southern Indiana 2, Quincy 0

USI QU

9 Shots 14

5 Saves 2

3 Corners 5

10 Fouls 8

1 Offsides 2

Southern Indiana 1 1--2

Quincy 0 0--0

USI--Own goal, 27:20

USI--Sean Rickey (Adam Schluttenhofer), 73:06

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