Ole Miss head coach Matt Mott met with members of the press on Monday.
Aug 26, 2013
MATT MOTT PRESS CONFERENCE Monday, August 26, 2013
OPENING STATEMENT: "We're off to a 2-0 start. We're very happy about that. The girls came in from preseason really fit, hungry and working really hard. We hopefully translated that right into the season. We started last Friday against Louisiana-Lafayette. We beat them 4-0 in front of a great crowd. We had about 1,500 people out there. The huge noise and huge energy really helped the girls get past those first-game jitters. We were a little bit sloppy in the first half, but then really started to get it under control. In the second half, we played quite well.
Jennifer Miller is coming back this year from injury. She played well, scored two goals. Mandy McCalla also scored a goal. It was a really good match for us. Keeping the shutout was very important.
Last night, we went up and played UAB. They've always been a difficult task for us, especially with their hostile crowd. They bring a lot of people out. They're very loud and very noisy. We scored three goals early and quieted the crowd. Then we let them back in it a little bit. We scored two in the second half to win 5-2. It was a really good team effort. It was a very physical match for our team, which is good considering we came away without any injuries. It was definitely physical all night long. Our girls really responded to that.
We grew a lot last night as a team. Especially under the circumstances, we were up three goals and gave two back. I love the way we responded. The team is hungry and excited. We're playing really well. We have Northwestern State on Friday. They're a team that is very well coached. Then we go back on the road for St. Louis on Sunday night. We're happy with the way the team's playing early on. They've come out of preseason really flying."
ON OFFENSIVE KEYS: "We're just moving the ball really well. Last night, we had five different people score goals. That's huge for us. We've never done that before. That's big. We really spread the ball well. Bethany Bunker played really well last night, as well as Olivia Harrison. We have two sophomores and two freshmen on the back line. They're really setting the pace for us back there."
ON OPENING NIGHT ATMOSPHERE: "It was awesome. The energy in the stadium was as good as I've ever seen it, no matter who we were playing. They were loud, cheering and clapping. The girls feed off of that. The more that can happen, the better. We want to make it an exciting brand of soccer, and we're certainly going to try to win, too. We want to attack and put teams on their back foot. We were able to do that Friday night. The crowd had a lot to do with it."
ON Addie Forbus: "It's almost like a fairy tale. Her second touch of the game she scored a goal. She's come in and done really, really well. She's really fast, and she knows how to score goals. She's been really dangerous. We're excited about her. That's another weapon to our arsenal. We have a number of freshmen starting. They've come in and really challenged their spots."
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