KENOSHA, Wis. -- Quincy University men's soccer coach Mike Carpenter wasn't enamored with how the Hawks finished the first half of Thursday's season opener.
"We had taken our foot off the pedal," Carpenter said.
Wisconsin-Parkside didn't make the same mistake.
The Rangers amped up the pressure in the second half at Wood Road Field, snapping a 1-1 tie with a goal in the 53rd minute and settling for a 2-1 victory. Parkside outshot Quincy 14-6 in the second half and owned an 11-4 edge in shots on goal overall.
"They raised their level of play in the second half," Carpenter said. "We didn't match it."
It made it feel like the Hawks played the first 35 minutes of the second half on their heels.
"They were down our throats and we couldn't get out," Carpenter said.
It had been just the opposite in the game's first 10 minutes when the Hawks had four shots, three fouls and two offsides but came up empty on goals.
"If you don't score when you're on top of the game, you're going to let the game get away," Carpenter said.
It started to in the 10th minute when the Rangers' Todor Atlija headed in a restart from Burim Huseini swung into the box from the right side. Three minutes later, the Hawks scored the equalizer as midfielder Spencer Vam Nest converted a pass from Alsadiq Hasan into the first goal of the season.
"It was a solid way to answer," Carpenter said.
Such an answer never materialized in the second half.
"We didn't work hard enough in the second half to get solid possession," Carpenter said.
It was part of a rough day all-around for the Great Lakes Valley Conference schools. Five of the seven teams to open the season Thursday lost, including three of the five facing off with Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponents.
The Hawks will play their home opener at noon Sunday against Northern Michigan.