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Quote Sheet: U.S. WNT Beats Mexico 3-0 to Close Out 2005

On getting punched in the head, and coming back to score twice:
“I was joking about it. I think she knocked some sense into me or something. This game was about getting the crosses in and being able to finish those balls. It’s dangerous when we hit crosses far enough away from the goalkeeper that she can’t come out and challenge for those balls.”

On her two goals:
“I was a little disappointed after we played Australia last week. I had a couple of headers that I felt like I should have put away. That’s my strong suit. That’s my go-to. When in doubt, I head and I didn’t against Australia. I worked on it this week and I kind of felt that it was coming back for me.”

On the shutout streak in 2005:
“The credit goes to the defense and the ‘keepers. Everyone did their job this year and going 8-0-1 is a great accomplishment for a team having a change of coach and retiring players. All of these things will have a huge impact to this team and things are going to be great as we move forward to 2006.”

On playing at Blackbaud Stadium:
“The field is beautiful, a perfect size. The fans were great, the temperature, what a great day. Sunday afternoon, we’re all out here getting a little bit of a sun tan, watching some great, great soccer, scoring some goals. It’s just a great day. Charleston has always been a welcoming city for us and we’d always, always love to come back.”

U.S. head coach GREG RYAN
Overall impressions of the game:
“We could have scored more goals today, but I am happy with creating the chances. I thought we played a lot better than the Australia game. We just have to keep playing to put in more of our chances. I think today we could have had three or four more.”

On the two goals off crosses:
“All week we have been working on crossing and finishing. That’s a real strength for this team, our height and our ability in the air, and our ability to serve good balls.”

On the 8-0-1 record in the 2005 season without any surrendering any goals:
“We’re happy they didn’t score any goals on us. For us, that is a big thing; shutting teams down, not allowing any chances. We gave Mexico a good chance in the first half and we were a little lucky to keep that record going. I’m very happy to get eight wins and no losses with a very young team.”

On looking forward to 2006:
“We have a lot of work to do. We have to keep getting better. We can’t sit where we are. We’re a young team and I think that you could see that out there today even though there is some exciting play. We need to grow in all areas of the game.”

U.S. midfielder and captain KRISTINE LILLY
On the overall team performance:
“We finished three goals in the first half and that was good for us. We needed some goals coming off the 0-0 tie with Australia. We were a little frustrated with that. We can still play better, and that’s the great thing about this team, is that we know even when we play a game like this and score some goals, we know we can do better.”

On Abby Wambach’s two goal game:
“Any time we get the ball near her, we want her to be able to score and we know that she can. Today was a perfect example of it. She didn’t get frustrated from the last game and she came in and got her head on two great balls. She was working hard to get to those balls today and when she does that, other players follow her and that opens up the box for the rest of the team to fill in.”

On cap No. 299:
“Yeah, I’m feeling it today. It definitely showed today because I was a bit tired, but it’s great. It’s about this team and the game, and if I can continue to be a part of it and hit 300 that’s great. Whenever we hit milestones we just hope that we get a win as well.”

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