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U-17 WNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago: Post-Match Quotes

Post-Match Quote Sheet: U-17 WNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago
CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – Group B
Oct. 31, 2013

U.S. U-17 WNT Head Coach B.J. Snow
On the first World Cup qualifying match for this group of players:
“I was really, really proud of our energy. I thought the spirit of the team was excellent going into the game and sometimes the spirit can get the best of you when you start a qualifying tournament especially, when there are 14-, 15- and 16-year-olds involved. I was pleased to see them push through, build the game and continue to be patient. When we got that first goal there was a big sigh of relief and then we could just play.”

On the match:
“The involvement of our team over 90 minutes was excellent. We were able to find spaces to penetrate, whether it was the width or inside to find those pockets. Overall, I was very pleased.”

On getting eight goals from seven different players:
“We’re very confident in all 20 players on this team for them to step in at any moment. We feel that a big quality of this team is the depth and not knowing who is going to step up is exciting for me as a coach. Overall, we had players that were able to put the ball in the back of the net, but we had some really solid performances from players all over the field.”

On giving the two 14-year-olds – Civana Kuhlman and Frankie Tagliaferri – on the roster time at the end of the match:
“I thought it was a really good opportunity to get the nerves out for the babies. To contribute as well as they did, with 'C' getting a goal, and Frankie being smooth as butter for that 10-15 minutes she was in, their confidence certainly has to increase. Overall, I was very, very pleased with all three subs that were able to come into the game. Maddy Schultz, I thought, was really dynamic and really changed the game.”

On getting a quality performance in the opening match of the tournament:
“Really what we were looking for (in the first game) was a solid performance. We knew we're going to have some difficulty breaking down a really organized Trinidad & Tobago team so any time you enter a qualifying tournament and get a result like this it’s a fantastic result for the team.”

On the team scoring some dynamic goals:
“We have quality in the team and it was good to see the execution from their preparation in the previous months. I think we left a couple out there and I think they were getting frustrated with that in the first half. For them to settle down a little bit and start to execute and not let the nerves get the best of them is what really turned the game around.”

On not scoring until the 32nd minute:

“We had a lot of chances in the first half inside the 18-year box that we didn’t capitalize on. We cleaned it up in the second half and you saw the result, five goals, so we’ll try to bring that intensity next game.”

On playing with intensity for 90 minutes:
“We kept picking each other up and encouraging each other all the way through it and that’s kind of the USA mentality.”

On the nerves of a first qualifying match for this group of players:
“I know I was nervous for one, but as a team we knew we were prepared to do this, so when we came out on the field, it was a little hectic for the first five minutes, then we calmed down and played our game.”

U.S. U-17 WNT forward MALLORY PUGH
On the match:

“I thought it was a really good performance. Trinidad & Tobago was tough. As a team, we overcome some early struggles and found the width, had some patience and towards the second half, we started to execute better and that’s when we finished our chances.”

On pre-game nerves:
“I had a lot of nerves, but I knew that the excitement would overcome the nerves and eventually it did.”

On scoring her first international goal in her first international match:
“It was amazing. It was the best feeling ever. It just feels like all the hard work is paying off.”

On watching from the bench until she came on in the 73rd minute:
“We were playing great soccer and we were getting to the end line a lot. We just weren’t finishing too much in the beginning, but once we got going, we just started putting them away.”

On her emotions when B.J. Snow told her she was going into the match:
“When B.J. told me I was going in, he just told me to just go out there, get to the end line and get a goal for myself. Honestly, I thought I’d be more nervous, but as soon as I was about to go in, I was just ready.”

On her reaction after scoring:
“Pure adrenaline. I was so hyped. I ran straight at Maddy Haley and jumped on her.”