Doane (Neb.) held off McPherson, 2-1, in the Bulldogs season opener Sunday afternoon at McPherson Stadium.
McPherson (0-1) outshot the Tigers, 20-10, including 13-3 in the first 45 minutes, and held a 12-0 edge in corner kicks.
"Even though I am disappointed with the end result, we still created good opportunities and played well at times," McPherson coach Mark Olson said. "We connected quality passes that led to many scoring opportunities. We will continue to work hard over the next week in preparation for our next game."
Despite the lopsided stat totals, Doane (1-2) struck first in the 18th minute when Kendall Meyer (2) converted a penalty kick.
The Bulldogs wasted little time responding, as one of Emma Singleton's 13 shots Sunday in the 19th minute tied the affair. Singleton's goal, the first of her career, came on an assist from Dina Der Vartanian just 57 seconds after the Tigers score. However, in the 61st minute, Cali McEntee (2) scored what proved to be the game-winner after dribbling around a Bulldogs defender and finding the back of the net from nine yards out.
McEntee and Bailey Sloup each had two shots on goal.
Singleton, one of six new faces and four true freshmen making their first start Sunday donning the Red and White, registered nine shots on goal. Nelly Rodriguez, also making her first start for McPherson, had three shots on goal.
Goalkeeper Danielle Dubovy (1-0) made 10 saves in 90 minutes for the win.
McPherson's Christie Silber (0-1), making her 18th consecutive start between the pipes, recorded four saves.
The Bulldogs host Bellevue (Neb.), which is receiving votes in the preseason Top 25, on Sunday, Sept. 2. Kickoff from The Kennel is set for 1 p.m. CT.