Postgame Quotes | November 16, 2003

Nov. 16, 2003

Recap?|? Box Score

Karen Hoppa
Auburn Head Coach

"This was such a great game. It is a shame anyone had to lose. I think Auburn and FSU are two teams that both deserve to be in the Sweet 16. Congratulations to coach Baker. He has a phenomenal team and they played a great game. I think we gave them a great game."


"We won the ball initially on the sideline and I saw Amber (Tollefson) on the back post," said India Trotter. "Coach kept telling us repeatedly at halftime that if we just switch the ball, play to feet then we could get a goal. I tried to get an early service in and Amber did a great job of tucking it in."

"It was very tough in the middle today," said India Trotter. "Everything was matched up but Camie (Bybee) and I were also playing a man down. For the most part we had to chase. Once we started to figure out what they were playing we started to connect and produce better chances up top."

"It was hit after hit today and it was very physical," said Marion Cagle. "That is the second time we have faced a three front and we knew we had to stay tough. We didn't want to let anything get behind us and we were unfortunate on the first goal. We responded like true champions."

"This is the first time we have come into half in as long as I can remember knowing we are losing and need to do something to change the complexion of the game," said Marion Cagle. "There was no doubt in my mind that this team would respond. Obviously we did by scoring a minute into the half."

"I have to give credit to Auburn because that was a great three front," said Marion Cagle. "Our defense has done an outstanding job this year and that goes from the frontrunners all the way to the back. I just knew if we played like we are capable, they wouldn't get in behind us again."

"That was heart attack worthy," said Joy McKenzie. "There were a lot of things going through my head. I wanted someone to stick it. Of course the shootout was back there somewhere as well. I was hoping it wasn't going to come to that. It was crazy amount of emotions and everyone was so hyped up. We knew we were going to get our chances in the run of play."

"Marion had Steinman touch tight but the ball took a bad hop and she couldn't clear it out," said Joy McKenzie. "It came out right to her feet at the top of the 18. I made the decision to go. I went, I got a hand on it but it wasn't enough to keep it out of the net."

"That was heart attack worthy," said Joy McKenzie. "There were a lot of things going through my head. I wanted someone to stick it. Of course the shootout was back there somewhere as well. I was hoping it wasn't going to come to that. It was crazy amount of emotions and everyone was so hyped up. We knew we were going to get our chances in the run of play."

"I am always hard on myself right after goals are scored. I just don't like giving them up," said Joy McKenzie. "I just keep telling myself over and over that goals happen. I have a defense that will help me out and I have faith in them. I also have faith in the fact that I will give everything I have to stop that from happening."

"Going into halftime we knew we hadn't played our best defense like we normally do," said Kelly Rowland. "During the half we told ourselves we didn't want our season to end. We got out there and luckily Amber (Tollefson) got the goal within 30 seconds to even the game. We all responded coming out of the half."

"Sometimes you hope you paint the right picture at halftime. The last time we were down at the half was Virginia and I went back to that," said Patrick Baker. "We came out of the gate in that second half and scored two very good goals. I didn't think we would score in 34 seconds but I was very happy we did.

"Right from the get-go there was a different edge for us," said Baker. "Actually, India did an unbelievable job and that was great individual effort. She solved two defenders on the dribble, picked her head up and flighted a great ball to the back post. With our wide players, we feel like we can get around the corner."

"What we had been telling our players is that to beat Megan Rivera you just can't put it right at her," said Baker. "You are going to have to score something pretty dynamic. Both goals came off services from near post to far post. We were fortunate to have two good finishes."

"In the past we have made it to the Sweet 16 and that is the standard that has been set," said Amber Tollefson. "We played a really challenging Auburn today but we wanted to take that next step. Auburn gave us a run for our money. To get back to the Sweet 16 is so special and a credit to this team."

"Coming out of halftime, Leah walked by me and I told her 'you are going to be there'," said Baker. "We said a lot of times that if we keep putting things in the box and in front of the net something will happen. Amber was a huge factor today. Leah was a huge factor today with the game-winner. If Leah is playing well and we are finding her at feet or into space, we are probably doing what we need to be because she means so much to our attack."

"The goal kind of hit the side of my head and slide a little," said Leah Gallegos. "What a beautiful cross by Amber (Tollefson). It got frustrating having so many good chances and not putting them away. You have to put the frustration aside and keep going at it. The whole team pushed one another. Getting the goal was a big relief."

"Just thinking that this would be our last game, everyone had that thought," said Amber Tollefson. "We didn't want it to end today. We didn't want this to be our last game and I think that is what caused a renewed energy."

"They were an extremely physical and talented team and that made things a lot harder," said Gallegos. "I couldn't get past them individually on too many occasions. I had to change my style of play and look to distribute the ball more rather than taking on players."

"The thing that makes this goal special is that it sent us to the Sweet 16 and kept our season alive," said Gallegos. "It is special for me because it means Amber (Tollefson) and (Kristin) Boyce get to go to another Sweet 16."

"After they scored that goal I was shocked. I don't remember falling behind in the first half since we were at Virginia," said Gallegos. "We came together as a defense and said we needed to pick it up and I think that happened. After Amber's goal it carried us through the two overtimes."

"I think today was a collective effort. I was more tired today than I ever was," said Gallegos. "I think so many people stepped up to pick us up. I heard Jez (Ratliff) the whole game. It was everyone. The emotion changed and that is a credit to everyone."

"I just remember that the ball was a rebound off a shot and it was spinning backwards," said Gallegos. "I remember reading the flight of the ball and knowing how it would bounce. I called Jez off and my defender was side on. I just clipped it in and Leah was in amazing position."

"All game I was thinking that I didn't want this to be my last game. If it ended like that it would be so disheartening," said Tollefson.

"India had an amazing individual effort on the first goal and I was just glad to get it. It put us back to even and we could settle down and play our game," said Tollefson.

"It is a credit to coach Baker, his staff and our whole team and how hard we work," said Gallegos. "It is a special thing. There are only 16 teams still playing and that is amazing to me. All the hard work has accumulated into this postseason. It is showing as I think we are playing our best soccer now. Not many people can say they have been a part of a team that has gone to the Sweet 16 in three of the last four years."



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