QUINCY, IL. (WGEM) -- What a difference a year can make.
The Quincy University women's soccer team opened last season with the same two in-region opponents they did to start the 2017 campaign. But the results were a lot different this time around.
Last September the Lady Hawks hosted Ohio Dominican and Ashland and were forced to settle with a draw and a loss.
Last weekend Dave Musso's group hit the road to face the same foes and posted back-to-back shutout victories.
It's just the kind of start Quincy envisioned and one that has them ranked No. 23 in the Top 25 coaches poll.
"We're confident, we're deep, we're healthy, we're experienced, and this group's relentless," Musso said.
"We had a good off-season and we're building for great things this year. It all starts with eight awesome seniors and a good freshman class to build that depth."
According to junior forward Cassidy Foley, "We're more experienced this year and I think we have depth this year. I think last year we had a lot of injuries and we were just kind of figuring things out, but this year we're healthy and we're ready to go."
In a unique twist to the schedule Quincy kicks off GLVC play against preseason conference favorite and rival Truman State on Friday night on Jack Mackenzie Field.
In fact, with Rockhurst coming to QU on Sunday, it's arguably as big of a two-game stretch the Lady Hawks will have during the entire regular season.
"It's going to be huge," senior defender Natalie Quisenberry said of the weekend.
"I think going into it with two wins it's good to have that but also we need to go into it as if nothing's happened. I think that's the best mental state to go into it."
Musso added: "We really aren't taking for granted how hard it is to win at this level. We remember that last year. It's so hard and we're just going to strive for greatness everyday."
First things first, Quincy and Truman State square off at 5 p.m. Friday in the first of three consecutive home games for the Lady Hawks which marks the longest home stand of the season.