Aug. 26, 2005
Illinois at Milwaukee Women's Soccer
August 26, 2005
Illinois Coach Janet Rayfield
On what she saw in tonight's game:
"I saw a team come up against an opponent that had a lot of emotion and a team that didn't play as confidently as their abilities should make them play. Give credit to Marquette for the energy they came with and the passion that they played with tonight. That was the factor they had that made the difference in the game. This team needs to learn how to bring that emotion but also bring the confidence that should come from being the talented team they are."
On Illinois' opportunities in the attacking third of the field:
"We made some really good decisions in the final third. Their goalkeeper had a great game, made a couple of nice saves. They had a defender toe-poke one. Those kinds of saves and those kinds of plays come from playing with so much emotion. And those are the kinds of games we're going to play over time. So we have to be really precise with our execution in the final third. But I thought our decisions and our organization in the final third was good.
On Illinois' defensive play:
"Our organization in the back was good for most of the game. But they capitalized on one of our mistakes. Really where we struggled the most was in the midfield in terms of being confident with the ball and keeping it so we can get the backs involved and get numbers in the box and then we'd probably convert a few more of those opportunities."
On the factor momentum played against Marquette
"We came out winning balls and I think we missed that first opportunity and that gave them the feeling that they were in the game. Then they started to win 50/50 balls and then their emotion started to generate and started to snowball. Halfway through the second half we started to gain that back, but it was a little bit to late for us to take advantage of that and convert that to opportunities because all they had to do was keep us out of the net, they didn't have to create anything at that point. Our chances to gain momentum or to gain an upper hand were really in the first part of the game and we really didn't take advantage of that."
On Illinois' poor execution on corner kicks and free kicks:
"We're going to get corner kicks, we're going to get fouled because of our pace and we have to be able to get more consistent in our execution on those. It's early in the season and you're going to expect some things like that, but we've got to correct those and convert on some of those so teams don't just kick it out of bounds to give us corners or foul us to keep us from being dangerous."
On what she expects from her team against UW-Milwaukee on Sunday:
"We're going to have another hungry home team and now one who says `if they can do it, so can we.' I think the challenge for us is to believe in each other as it is to believe in ourselves. If we can do that then you'll see a little bit different team on Sunday. Sometimes the thing you fear the most is losing and that fear's gone now, so maybe we can play with a little less fear on Sunday."