NCAA College Cup Championship Game Quotes
Dec. 8, 2012
NCAA College Cup Hoover, Ala. December 8, 2012 Indiana Pre-Championship Game Press Conference Quotes
Todd Yeagley, Head Coach
Opening remarks: "We're really excited. I think we anticipate a great matchup with Georgetown. I thought they were tremendous last night with their effort against one of the most consistent teams in the country in Maryland.
"Certainly, (our) team is playing very well and we're excited for this. It's going to be a great challenge, as every final is, and I know they'll leave everything out on the field and represent IU with great distinction."
On the history and tradition of IU against Georgetown playing in its first College Cup ... "It's great for a storyline. We're proud to be in our 14th final and 18th College Cup. That's all historical pieces to it and it helps our proud tradition grow deeper and richer. But these (players) know and the players before them knew that what goes on between the lines is where that piece is made. Georgetown, nor (our) players, better be thinking about those pieces at that time. It's about that we have to do our job and win this game. Then the result will take care of itself and the mark will be left. I don't think we'll be thinking about it. It's a nice storyline. But it's just another really difficult matchup that our guys have done great handling all year and focusing on the moment to win the game."
On the importance of Eriq Zavaleta to the team this season ...
"It's rare you'll find a team at this point in the season without someone putting the ball in the back of the net, whether it's one or two or by committee. Eriq's been that player for us this year. What's been outstanding is that it hasn't been three goals in a game, disappear for three or four games, then come back. ... That shows the consistency of what he's capable of doing and, also, what other players on our team do to create those chances for Eriq. We've said all along one of the strengths of our team is balance and how we can take teams offensively. Eriq doesn't need many chances and he's always ready to put the next one away. He's got a short memory. If he doesn't make one, he wants the next one and that's a great sign in a goal scorer."
On how outside defenders Matt McKain and Patrick Doody pushing forward on the attack helps the team ... "In our system, we encourage and we need our outside backs to join the attack and help us, whether it's giving penetration, service or support in deep channels. Patrick and Matt have had a tremendous tournament. They've been good for us all year, but really have come together - in the Notre Dame game in particular. We needed them to be really strong based on that match up. They were fantastic and led to one of the goals for Eriq.
Luis Soffner, Goalkeeper
On quest to win national championship and the hashtag campaign ... "The last few weeks it's shown our team has definitely come together. We're playing tremendous team soccer. Our mentality has been the #Q48, the quest for eight, the eighth star. It's been our team motto all year. We've kind of embraced it and so has Bloomington and all of our supporters. We're really excited we could have the opportunity to make it here and to move onto the final. It's been our goal from day one and we're real excited to get that opportunity.
Eriq Zavaleta, Forward
On quest to win national championship ... "Coming to Indiana, it's been in our heads that we want to get to this final four and win a national championship. Any player that steps foot on the field at the beginning of the year, that's their goal in mind. This team has really rallied together and played well together to get here. We're excited for the opportunity to be able to play in the national championship."
On how outside defenders Matt McKain and Patrick Doody pushing forward on the attack helps him score goals ... "It's funny for me that you point that out. Just before the (Creighton) game, I walked up to Patrick and Matt and told them, `you two playing at your best is really what's carried us and makes us our best.' Because those guys do such a good job making other teams worry about them, which opens up space. Or they put in the balls they have been. You can't score goals without good service and that's been evident this tournament."
Brian Wiese, Head Coach
Opening comments ... "The challenge for our guys is just letting go and, as best we can, forgetting about one of the most exciting soccer matches that you can be a part of in the College Cup and shifting gears to total preparations for Indiana, who cause their own sets of problems. I think the guys had an absolutely terrific performance to get past one of the top teams in the country in Maryland. Now, we have to be able to put that behind us and forget about it and shift gears very quickly to what should be a great game."
On his team's expectations this season ... "From being in it a long time and having some good teams - I had some very good teams at Stanford and very good teams at Notre Dame - with this team in particular you knew there was an opportunity for some special things to happen. Every team comes into preseason saying we want to win a national championship, and it is such a big idea at that time. It is so out there that there's nothing real about it other than wouldn't that be great or if everything goes right we have that chance. What the guys have done a really good job of is handling the minutia of the season. The goal is to make it to the national championship, the goal is to make the NCAA Tournament, the goal is to make it to Red Bull Arena for the Big East Tournament, and the goal is win each game as they come. This group is where they are right now because they have handled each day incredibly professionally and very well. I have talked about this in the past. I think two things - the ability to get to Red Bull Arena - this group has never done it, so let's get that monkey off our back, but I think the genius of them making that their primary goal. They never once talked about getting to Hoover. Even when we got to Red Bull Arena, it was Charlotte and UAB and how are we going to beat one of those teams. The goal will come and they have handled it really well. If you can get to Red Bull Arena in the league we play in, which was unquestionably the best conference in the country, you know you are in a spot to go on a good run if everything lines up."
Tommy Muller, Defender
On getting past the Big East Tournament ... "I think we always had bigger plans than just Red Bull (Big East Tournament), but the idea behind that was something that we have never done before. We felt like if we achieved that goal that the NCAA Tournament would kind of fall into place. It was kind of one step at a time, so when we got there we were ready and feel like that prepared us for the NCAA. That wasn't the only goal; it was kind of the first goal."
On putting Friday's game behind him ... "There's a lot of individual talent on the back line from the seniors to the freshmen. I think the freshmen jumped in and did an incredible job of just learning the system. It was almost a seamless transition. You couldn't even tell they were freshmen. So, it was something we worked on throughout the season - being organized and being tough to play against. Last night, Maryland threw a lot out us and a lot of we dealt with well and there were some things we didn't deal with. Moving forward, we are going to take the mistakes or miscommunications from that game and fix it for the final. We are looking forward to the challenge Indiana presents and are working on that."
Steve Neumann, Forward
On what this tournament run has taught him as a player ... "It has taught our team a lot. It has shown our character a lot by being in the Big East Tournament, to our run in our region - which was a little different dynamic being the higher seed. Being one of those top four seeds was something different for Georgetown soccer, but it was something we handled really well. As for not being super awed by playing for a national title, we have had enough experiences this year to prepare us for this."
Andy Riemer, Forward
On teammate Steve Neumann ... "I have always been a big fan of Stevie's. He is a clinical finisher. He is one of those players who you know is going to give you that dangerous attack every game. You can see it in every practice. You are always hoping that he is on your team so you have that extra weapon. His game last night was something that I haven't really seen from a single player on such a big stage in my career. It was absolutely amazing to be on the same pitch as him and work with him to get those three goals that he got and to be a part of the win as a team."
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