Cal vs. Wake Forest Post-game quotes
Nov. 26, 2005
BERKELEY - The following are quotes from the California vs. Wake Forest post-game press conference. Cal defeated Wake Forest, 3-2, in double overtime to advance to the Elite Eight.
Wake Forest Quotes
Coach Jay VidovichOn the game:
'They did a good job, they managed the game. They did a great job of getting the first goal and then defending well; obviously Cal is a very good team, very organized. They did some clever things up front on their movement off the ball. I thought my team did a very good job defending that. I think Cal had several opportunities and we made them pretty predictable in terms of their opportunities.'
On the Cal goal with 22 seconds left in regulation:
'With 20 seconds left, to see it go in like that is pretty hard.'
On the momentum after the game-tying goal with 22 seconds left in regulation:
'I think we were just very upset. But I think the anger at the end was fine. We were able to focus. If you look at the way we played in overtime, we still created enough opportunities.'
On having such a young team:
'Seven of our seniors are playing in the league, either in Europe or the MLS. To lose that type of class, we had more freshmen on the team than returnees. This is our second loss to a team outside the ACC. It's good to see them learn and grow.'
Michael LahoudOn his goal in the 13th minute:
'Well our left back, Lyle Adams, stole the ball and put it right into the middle of the goal for me. He did all the work; I was just there.'
Justin MooseOn how Wake Forest played:
'Twenty more seconds of focus and we would get to the elite eight.'
Grey BallardOn playing against Calen Carr:
'He's pretty deceptive because he's not by any means tall or thick, but he just reads the game so well. He's similar to Jason Garey from Maryland that we play in the ACC, he does most of his work off the ball. If the ball is out wide he's making zigzag runs, he is pretty deceptive in the air too. He won a lot of headers that we would normally win. He just has that goal-scoring mentality. He was Pac-10 player of the year and scored a lot of goals, I can see why, he makes the best of his chances.'
Coach Kevin GrimesHave you had a goal that late to tie or win?
'We've had a couple against us. This season San Diego State scored with two second to go to beat us down in San Diego. We felt that with those things, what comes around goes around. I think our players knew from that experience that anything can happen late in the game. It was very eerie, the similarities of that goal against us and the one we scored today. They both started with a free kick from midfield, it was hit by the goal keeper and back across the box, and then put in by a third player. I think maybe our guys had that in our mind; that it wasn't over until the horn blew.'
On the hand ball in the 58th minute:
'Luke (Sassano) said he headed it and then it hit his hand and went in. It definitely hit his hand and would have went in even if it hadn't hit his hand, but he did say it hit his hand. I didn't see it but I guess it was a good call by the referee. He didn't argue much, I know that. I figured something wasn't quite right.'
On the game:
'I thought we had a great second half and overtime. It just seemed like the two very good chances they had they scored. So I give them a lot of credit for that. I didn't see a whole lot of action. Their goalie (Brian Edwards) had 17 saves ours (Eric Kronberg) had six, that can give you some sort of indication of the pressure we had on them most of the game, but they had two very good chances, and took them. I felt very comfortable even when we were down 2-1 very late in the game, I felt like we were going to tie the game the way were playing.'
On Santa Clara and Wake Forest:
'I thought the way we played today was a much better overall game than we played on Tuesday. The difference on Tuesday was that both the opponents knew each other so well that it was just like a battleground that wouldn't move. Today the teams didn't know each other quite as well, I think our guys could go out and play soccer and not worry about anything else but playing a great game. I think today we were definitely a step better than we were on Tuesday. I thought we played an excellent game today from start to finish, maybe a couple little breakdowns when they got their goals. Again, I've got to give them credit, they work out one or two chances and put two away, that's the sign of a good team.'
On his goal with 22 seconds left in regulation:
'Luke judged it perfectly as it was about to cross the line. Redirected it across and Pieter Berger was running at it; he didn't have a good angle so he just opened his legs and dummied it through his legs, and it came straight to me.'
On the crowd of 4207:
'We weren't sure if there were going to be a lot of people because students are on break, but the crowd was pouring into the stadium before the game started. I think that at halftime when we came out of the locker room down a goal and the whole crowd immediately stood up and started cheering, it was a huge boost for us. Scoring those goals and feeling the rush and carrying us into overtime, the whole community has rallied around our team.'
On his goal in overtime:
'At that point everybody is going up trying to go up and get the goal or a touch. It's every man for himself in the box.'
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