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Post-Game Quotes: U-17 U.S. WNT vs. Gambia

Quotes from head coach Albertin Montoya and players from the U.S. U-17 WNT after a 6-0 win against Gambia at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan.

© Steve Bardens/2012 FIFA


IN THE IMAGE: Defender Maddie Bauer captained the side against Gambia

U.S. U-17 WNT vs. Gambia
2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup – Group B
Dalga Arena; Baku, Azerbaijan
Sept. 25, 2012

On if the team felt the pressure to score a lot of goals against Gambia:
“We didn’t feel the pressure. Our goal was to play much better football than we did in the first game and I think we improved on that. Obviously, we would have liked to have a few more goals, but the three points were important and we go into our final group game needing a win against North Korea. It’s going to be a challenge for us and something our team is looking forward to.”

On improving during the tournament:
“This tournament is all about getting better and improving as you go on. I think we’ve done that so far and we’re hoping to get much better for the North Korea game. They have a very strong side and it will be an entertaining match.”

On the two group games so far:
“Various teams will improve throughout the tournament and that is one of our goals. We started out against an excellent team against France. We had our chances, but they played a very good game against us. We went back, looked at some film, and spoke to the players about what was needed for this next game. We improved in this game as it went on, and now we have three days of preparation for this game against North Korea. Now our job is to get our team ready and to play even better against North Korea…now it comes down to who executes the game plan the best, but I think the two teams that come out of this bracket will be very dangerous all the way through the tournament.”

On the difference in the second half:
“In the second half I thought we had a lot more urgency and we played much better as a team and finished our chances, something that we didn’t do in the first half. Although, in the first half, we created opportunities early, but then a little frustration set in and individuals tried to do a little too much on their own and we didn’t play so much as a team. At halftime, we got into them a little bit and made sure they understood that they needed to work as a team, combine with each other and use our outside forwards, who are really dangerous. We wanted them to share the ball a little bit and told them good things would come out of that, and that’s what ended up happening. The overall intensity, the desire to get forward and the commitment to get into the box was much better in the second half.”

On the substitutes coming in and making an impact:
“We expect all of our players to come in and make a difference and have an impact on the game and that’s exactly what (Lauren) Kaskie and Emily Bruder did, and Cassie (Miller) played very well in goal as well. It may be three different players next game, but that’s one of the strengths of our team.”

On the first goal of the second half that came less than 30 seconds after the restart:
“The first goal in the second half is exactly what we asked for and what we needed. We wanted a goal in the first five minutes. We asked them to get into the box and be more aggressive getting forward. We wanted them to play with more passion and heart and that first goal came as I was walking to the bench and that set the tone and relaxed us. After that, we had some great goals as far as combining and getting around the outsides with or speed.”

U.S. midfielder TONI PAYNE
On the match:
“We were a little slow in the first half, but in the second half we picked it up. We were like a whole new team when we came out. We were more focused and just put out more effort. We’re in a tough group, so it all comes down to this last game against North Korea.”

On Gambia:
“They were a really physical team. In the first half, it was really hard to break them down, but once we got into the second half and started combining with each other it was a lot easier to get around them and we scored some goals.”

U.S. midfielder MORGAN STANTON
On the match:
“I thought in the first half it was a little frantic and we all came out a little nervous. I think we didn’t have as much possession as we would have hoped for. In the second half, we came out fired up, we knew what we had to do and we got it done.

On breaking down the Gambians:
They played a lot of girls in the middle and so we had to play balls wide and their defense came high, so we had to play balls over the top more. It was difficult for us at first, but we figured it out.”

On scoring five goals in the second half:
“If you believe it, you can do it. That’s a big thing for the U.S. teams. Today, coming in the second half, our goal was to score in the first five minutes and we all believed it and we scored in the first 30 seconds.”

On the second half:
“We got back into the locker room at halftime and got together and heard the words from our coaches, basically telling us to go back out there with intensity and spirit and try to score as many goals as possible.”

On her hat trick:
“Being out there and playing with everyone was how I got my goals. That hard run from Darian (Jenkins) just stunned me. She owned it out there. That goal was all her. The effort from Britt (Basinger) to get all the way up there (from left back) was great and it was just an overall team effort.”

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