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Post-Match Quote Sheet: U-17 WNT 10, Bahamas 0


Post-Match Quote Sheet

U.S. U-17 WNT 10, Bahamas 0
2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship
May 3, 2012

U.S. U-17 head coach ALBERTIN MONTOYA
On the match…
“One of the things we did well today was create chances. We created very good chances in the first half and unfortunately we didn’t put them all away. In the second half, I thought we were more composed, but all-in-all, a good day for the first time for these girls coming out in CONCACAF… I still thought our finishing could have been better, but we were very dangerous all game long.”

On finishing opportunities…
“I think after the first two goals we let down a little bit. We scored two goals in the first few minutes and after that we probably thought it would be an easy game and it wasn’t necessarily an easy game. It was about finding a way to get in behind and get around them and then put our chances away. I thought we missed some very good opportunities in the first half and we can’t do that as we go on this tournament. I don’t expect to have that many opportunities against Trinidad or Mexico or if we are fortunate enough to get into the semifinals. We have to put them away when we create them.”

On Summer Green and Margaret “Midge” Purce combining for eight of the 10 goals…
“It’s good to see Summer scoring goals. She’s been in a little bit of a slump, but these last couple of days we shut her down completely and I think it paid off in today’s game. She was well-rested and came in and scored some goals so it was a good confidence builder for her. Midge is always a dangerous player for us whether she’s getting in behind or combining with her teammates and that why they are two of the best forwards in the country.”

On if there could be some lineup changes against Trinidad & Tobago on May 5...
“We’ll definitely see some different players. I thought the heat took a toll on some of the players, so it’s all about getting back to the hotel and recovering and really seeing who is fit the play against Trinidad. But there will be some changes because I think that’s what our deep squad allows us to do.”

U.S. U-17 midfielder MORGAN ANDREWS
On the match…
“I thought it was a good way to start of the tournament. I think we relaxed a bit more in the second half and it was a good game to get our feet underneath us and prepare for the rest of the tournament. It was a bit physical, but I don’t think it was as physical as it’s going to be so basically we just have to keep taking care of our bodies and be ready for the more intense games to come.”

On the U.S. attack, that produced 52 shots…
“Our attack was pretty spot on. We finished most of our chances, obviously we can still finish more as the tournament goes on and we’ll have to as we won’t get that many chances in the next games.”

On the Bahamas…
“They showed a lot of effort and heart and at the same time, they showed a lot of respect for the game as they kept fighting and battling until the end. I give them a lot of credit as this is their first-ever CONCACAF tournament and hopefully they get a great experience so they can continue to grow girls’ soccer in their country.”

U.S. U-17 defender GABBI MIRANDA
On the match…
“It was definitely a good start for us. I can say I had a lot of butterflies, but they were good butterflies. It was also good to get a feel for the field and the weather. It was hot out there and it was a good test for our finishing and our energy on and off the ball. We need to take advantage of our opportunities because they will lessen as the tournament goes on so to get a result like that was positive for the team.”

On the play of the back line…

“It’s important in games where we aren’t as tested or pressured, that we still need to be sharp and keep our shape at all times. As a back line, we don’t get a mental break during games. I think today we did a good job stepping up and we wanted to make them defend the whole game. Because our back line was able to step up and play higher I think we were able to achieve that.”

On the short rest time between games…
“We definitely need to recover and be disciplined about staying hydrated, staying in those ice baths for the full eight minutes. That’s not easy! We also need to make sure we stretch and stay engaged because it’s a long tournament and the off days are as important as the game days.”

U.S. U-17 WNT defender MANDY FREEMAN
On the match…
“It was our first game out here so I thought we did pretty well. We worked together as a team, in the second half a lot better than the first half. We were really just working the ball around and trying to open up seams to split their defense.”

On playing the game on an artificial surface in the heat…
“It wasn’t too bad, but it was hot so we had to get used to that. We tried not to chase so much and play balls to feet so we wouldn’t tire each other out.”

On looking forward to the last two group games…
“Games two and three, we need to come out not so casual and really take the game to them. We had a lot of opportunities that we could have made, but in the end, we made up for it with a high score.”

On the better team play in the second half…
“I think in the second half, we had a lot of movement off the ball and it was easier find people in the midfield because we were working together, finding passes, and connecting with one and two-touches.”

U.S. U-17 WNT forward SUMMER GREEN
On the match…
“I though the game was really fun. Everyone came out prepared and excited. It was a blast. We got to move the ball around, there was movement everywhere and even coming into the second half it was even better. We were able to put away more shots, which was awesome.”

On scoring five goals, most ever in a U-17 World Cup qualifying match…
“It was a lot of goals, but I think my teammates were a main part of that. They helped me through it. I was down on myself sometimes because it was so hot out and they pushed me through and gave me great balls. I wasn’t the only one that scored the goals. Midge had a few, Andi Sullivan, Toni, and everyone was in the box and ready for the rebounds.”

U.S. U-17 WNT forward MARGARET “MIDGE” PURCE:
On the match…
“The adrenaline was pumping, everyone was excited for our first World Cup qualifying match. I think the second half was a lot better than the first. As a team we played pretty well, we connected with the ball, and if you look at all the goals, you can see it start from the back and work its way to the top. Our team did a really good job getting into the box and working hard for each other. I am really proud of them. It was fantastic.”

On the Bahamas, who were playing its first-ever CONCACAF finals match…
“I think they put in a great effort. They were a good team to play. They were athletic and physical and put in a lot of challenges.”

On scoring her hat trick…
“It’s always fun to score goals, but everyone on the team did a really good job at putting the ball where it needed to be. It was really precise and good placement. You could see Toni and Summer (Green) and (Emily) Bruder and Morgan Andrews, everyone, just putting the ball where it needs to be to make it easier for everyone on the team to finish.”

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