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    Illinois 1, Missouri 1 (2OT - Illinois wins 4-3 in PKs)



    Nov. 16, 2008

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    Illinois 1, Missouri 1 (2OT - Illinois wins 4-3 in PKs)
    Nov. 16, 2008
    NCAA Second Round
    Audrey J. Walton Complex, Columbia, Mo.

    Illinois head coach Janet Rayfield
    Opening statement...
    First I'd just like say, a lot of credit to Missouri. We knew when we left for Columbia that if we were to get past Memphis, that we would be in for a battle and that's what you saw today. We knew Missouri would come for as long as the game lasted. They kept coming at us and kept coming at us. I think it was a grit and determination for us. I told our team when we were coming into this, `You just have to hang on and keep battling,' and they did that.

    On the performances in PKs...
    I told Alex (Kapicka) if we got into PKs and she could make one save then we could find our way to the next round and she made that save. Krystin Miller who didn't step on the field for us but probably had the most important touch of the game to finish that first PK, which I think, coming off the bench and not playing is a really hard thing to do.

    If there was a sense of relief to make it to PKs...
    Our fight, grit and determination was great, but maybe our composure not so much, so I think when we got to that point at least you know what's coming. Missouri's got some great athletes and they made it really difficult, but (in PKs) at least Alex knew that it was one person and a ball 12 yards away. At that point, that was probably easier for her to deal with.

    On sneaking away with the win after Missouri's missed chances...
    I don't think we snuck away with one anymore than the teams that we played this season that did that to us. It's the way that soccer and you have to understand that it's a battle all the way until the end. I think the games we played this season showed us that. This was us understanding that the game of soccer can put you in those positions and you can be on either side of that on any given day.

    On the rivalry with Missouri...
    There's a lot of respect between these two programs. We respect what they do in the Big XII, the competition they play, the season they play and the challenges they face, and they do the same for us in respect of representing the Big Ten. When we play we're both representing our conferences, which respect a lot and respect each other, so it makes for a great battle anytime we play.

    Illinois junior goalkeeper Alexandra Kapicka
    On the rivalry with Missouri...
    This is the first field I stepped on to play college soccer as a freshman. Unfortunately we lost to them and lost last year, so there's definitely history. There is a respect for this program because they play very well and very direct, which is different from how we play. It's always intense so that's what makes it fun when you step out on the field.

    On the save on the final PK...
    I knew that if I could save it we would win. The pressure was on her because the goalkeeper usually doesn't have the pressure. If you can save it, great. I decided I wasn't going to guess, I was just going to react. I thought I had this, and just reacted and things just went our way.

    Illinois sophomore midfielder Krystin Miller
    On taking the initial PK...
    Honestly, I was just trying to block out all noises. We always talk about everybody fulfilling their role, and no role is more important than the other. I was just fortunate enough to step in today and be able to help out.

    On coming off the bench to prepare for the PK... Janet prepared us well enough to know that, if we got to PKs, you're going to be in. We had plenty of time to get loose on the sideline and take a few hard shots.

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