Matt Mott met with members of the media on Monday to talk about his team's performance in week four and upcoming match in SEC play.
Sept. 16, 2013
Opening Statement: “We had a very good weekend. We won both games. We started off in Atlanta at Kennesaw State in front of a big crowd of 1,800. We went behind 1-0 in the second half and in less than a minute scored to tie it up. Then Mandy McCalla scored a goal to put us ahead 2-1. It showed great character from the team coming back after being down.
Last night in front of a very good crowd at home, we beat our rival, Memphis, 3-0. We had goals from Mandy McCalla and Rafa Souza had two. We stopped a penalty kick early in the game. Kelly McCormick made a great save off of the penalty. It was just an all-in-all really good weekend for us. We’re ready for conference play. Our back line has really come together. Our midfield was dominant last night. We certainly have some forwards up top that are playing really well and being very dominant. We’re happy with where the team is.
We start conference play this weekend. We go to Arkansas who is 7-1 and ranked No. 25 in the country. We play them on Friday night. Then we’re back home for our last nonconference game in ULAR.”
On key to success for Kelly McCormick and the back line: “Experience. Kelly is now a junior. Maddie Friedmann and Sam Sanders are now sophomores. A lot of it is the continuity of the five of them and their ability to play together. Our midfield defending is much better this year. That’s helping us with less chances for the other opponents.”
On the performance at midfield: Mandy McCalla and Erin Emerson are two seniors in there for us. We bring Emily Reid in off the bench, she’s also a senior for us. Jenn Miller is playing fantastic, she’s a sophomore. She just moves the ball so well. We’re getting a lot of creativity out of midfield. That’s been a big strong point all season for us. Certainly we’re strong up top, good in the back, but our midfield has certainly been dominant.”
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