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Zoe Redei (left) scored four goals in her first international cap for the U.S. U-17 WNT.

U-17 WNT vs. Guatemala: Post-Match Quotes

Post-Match Quote Sheet: U-17 WNT vs. Guatemala
CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – Group B
Nov. 2, 2013

U.S. U-17 WNT Head Coach B.J. Snow
On the match:
“I was pleased with their aggression and mentality and focus to execute the game plan. We started eight new players in this game and they went through all the emotions that our players in the first game went through. They had some heavy legs in the first half and they got used to the grass and dealing with a quality opponent. They also had two excellent forwards that we had to deal with. I think all things considered, we grew up as a team tonight, we got the result that we wanted, we got the chance to play in the semifinal, which was ultimately our goal, and we still have the opportunity to win our group in the next game, so we’ll enjoy this game tonight and get ready for Canada tomorrow.”

On starting eight different players from the first match:
"We are one-hundred percent confident in every single player on the team. The expectation going into this tournament was that everyone was going to play and contribute and they did that, especially a player like Zoe (Redei) who stepped in and put four in the back of the net. What an outstanding performance she had. She put us on her back in the first half and that was a big, big shining light that we can take going into our third game.”

U.S. forward ZOE REDEI
On the match:

“I thought we played really well tonight. The first half we were a little bit nervous, but in the second half we came out and got the result we needed. We were really good combining to goal and getting rebounds off of shots, so I thought overall we did really well.”

On her first cap:
“The game itself was unreal. The first few minutes I was really nervous, but after five minutes, all the nerves got out. We were excited to play against Guatemala – they are a really good team – and I was really excited to play with all my teammates, they are really talented. We got to put a new roster out there and switch up the players and that can only help the team.”

On playing with intensity for 90 minutes:
“I’m a center-forward so my job is to score goals, and one of the key things that B.J. was pushing was expecting that the ball was going to come to you. Every time someone shot, I was expecting a rebound and I tried to bury it in the goal.”

On the nerves of a first qualifying match for this group of players:
“I thought it was great. We all have sorts of the same experience. For some of us, it was our first cap and others they’ve played very few caps. We all were nervous, but in the second half we calmed down and played our game and it turned out really well.”

U.S. defender MIA GYAU
On the match:

“We started a little bit shaky, but as the game progressed and after we came into halftime and B.J. talked to us in the locker room, we came back out and really tried to execute and perform. We didn’t worry about pushing to score goals, we were trying to be more patient, and I think that really worked in our favor tonight.”

On four players scoring their first goals of the tournament:
“I was very happy for them. It’s always great to see your teammates score. For Gabby (Carreiro) and Zoe (Redei) having their first international games, it was really exciting to see them score.”

Her thoughts on the U.S. team’s performance through two games:
“I think that we are doing well. We just need maintain and not get too ahead of ourselves. We can’t rush and get all panicky and nervous. We need to play nice and clam and play like we normally do and let the game come to us.”