NCAA Men's Soccer Post-Game Quotes

Nov. 26, 2003

NCAA Men's Soccer Championships 2nd RoundWashington vs. Portland 11-26-03

Post-Game Quotes

Washington Head Coach Dean Wurzberger:

On scoring the goal: 'The last thing we said in the lockerroom was that looking back on the previous 8 times, this is our ninth time in the playoffs for me here in 12 years, the goals dried up. We couldn't score a goal when we needed to. We said whatever we do someone's got to go get a goal tonight. We wanted to try to get it to a central player, draw them and lay it wide so that's the vital goal. Then we had to hang on, it's hard to hang onto a lead and the guys did a fantastic job but yeah getting the goal was the big issue.

On frustration from missed opportunities: 'I never felt frustrated at halftime. We were 0-0 with them in September, identical, scored about the middle of the second half so it's just another time around, someone's got to step up. What we ask for is an end product to all of our back and midfield play. Who's going to give us an end product, the goal that we need and thank heavens it came and we stood strong. So the guys responded really well.'

On quality of play: 'I thought we played well. I'm looking at the stat sheet, I'm saying that's a well-played game. We got the goal, we deserved to win on the night. And it was that type of performance that would break the string, if you will, of us not advancing past the second round.'

On clearing 2nd round hurdle: 'It's good players being excited for the moment. We made some changes this year, we emphasized we wanted to keep some gas in the tank. I think the guys truly embraced the situation and said hey we're going to make the most of ourselves. We're not going to freeze up and make it more than it is and I think we have tightened up in the past looking at the way our team's played in past rounds. So we're really proud of the way the guys played.'

UW Goalkeeper Danny Waltman

On different attitude this season: 'Definitely, especially senior year it's great. For years we struggled to get past the second round but we just weren't going to be denied this year. We just had a different attitude going into it. We treated this game just like any other game. I think in years past we may have put too much pressure on ourselves or psyched ourselves out of the game, pretty much got too excited. But today was just another big game and we've been in big games before and that's how we handled it and we came out on top.'

On gaining revenge against Portland: 'That game we outplayed them, not so much as we did tonight, but we definitely deserved to win that year. It was unfortunate we just couldn't put the ball in the back of the net and they were able to get a goal we couldn't come back from but we deserved that game, that should have been our year. But it feels nice to put it right especially in our last year, this is the way all three of us wanted to go out by making a deep run in the playoffs.'

UW Forward Sean Guidice

On team defense and effort: 'I felt really confident because they say that defense wins championships and our defense this year has kept the whole team in it through the season, got us to the postseason and I think will continue to carry us. I think the other thing is we never have to worry about all 11 guys coming out and giving 100%. I think the work rate and the togetherness on this team is just something that I'm grateful to be graced with and I think it's really unique and special and I think it's going to carry us this next Sunday or Saturday I believe.'

On rebounding versus Portland: 'Definitely, it's definitely a factor. You always want to get revenge and set the record straight and I think that we did that today and I was happy to be a part of it.'

UW Forward Troy Ready

On scoring the goal: 'Right before halftime Dean said get the ball to Wiesner because we'd ran through kind of a kickoff play earlier this week and just to get our wide play going. And that's what happened, we got a ball out wide and Hoover put a ball into Sean (Guidice) and Sean challenged the keeper just enough to pop the ball in and it was just a tap-in from there. I got the easy part.'

Portland Head Coach Bill Irwin

On Washington's play: 'Washington played well, but in the last 15-20 minutes the game turned around. So three quarters of that game was theirs, a quarter was ours. We had chances in that last quarter. We weathered the storm. They're at home, we're on the road. When you're on the road it's tough, but I felt the last 20 minutes we had Washington on the ropes and we could have maybe nicked one, but on the night it wasn't to be.'

On the road disadvantage: 'Coming up here is always hard. We play each other every year, we know each other. And usually at home you've got to give the home team a little bit of the edge. Tonight I felt Washington played very well in the first half and part of the second half but we came in here to weather the storm and I thought we did that. When you're on the road you're hoping to get a goal and then hang onto it, but that didn't happen tonight.'

On Portland's season: 'Our goal was to make the playoffs, that was the first step. We did that. The guys survived a very tough year. They were tremendous all year long. With losing Clive (Charles) it was a very tough year. But we have a good team, the guys know what has to be done. There was a good foundation left not only by Clive but by the players who came before and they know what has to be done and these guys did a tremendous job not only tonight but all year long. We attained the first part of it by making the playoffs and then we looked at each game one at a time. We went to Oregon State and got the result there. We came here and as we said earlier we knew it was going to be a battle and we could have nicked a result here tonight but unfortunately one team has to go on and tonight it wasn't us.'

Portland Goalkeeper Luis Robles

On playing for coaches Bill Irwin and Clive Charles: 'Sure we didn't have the best record but like Bill said our goal from the beginning of the season was to make the playoffs. And it doesn't matter how many wins, how many losses it takes, we made the playoffs. And we were all sentimental before the playoffs and the captains brought us together and we talked how we want to make a run for the program that Clive has built for us, for what he's done in the past. But everyone knows that we're playing for Bill now, and we listen to Bill's instructions. Sure in our hearts we did play for Clive but when we step out on that field we're playing for Bill.'

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