Postgame Quotes: #16 Michigan 2, Central Michigan 0

Oct. 13, 2013

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Michigan Head Coach Marcia Pankratz
On U-M breaking through in the second half ... "That goal by Ainsley [McCallister] was really critical. Not only was it the first goal, but it settled the team down at little bit. I think the further along you go in a scoreless match, the more tense things become. She did a nice job of putting it on goal and finishing."

On Michigan rebounding after Friday's disappointing loss ... "It was really important. I think the players know that, and that's what makes Michigan student-athletes what they are -- they're mentally tough; they can handle some adversity really well, stay in the present and focus on the task at hand. I thought they did that great today, and I'm really proud of the team for that effort."

On the Wolverines' defensive play ... "As a team defense effort, I think we had a good rotation going for substitutions. They played as a unit, they communicated well, they were in good position, and they were aggressive and stepped up when they had to. The played good one-on-one defense."

On the strong defensive effort keeping U-M in the game early ... "We have a lot of confidence in our defense and certainly in our goalkeeper. So, I felt that they stayed really poised and played our game through most of it. I knew that if we stayed patient like that, then some goals would finally start to go in and we would prevail."

U-M Senior/Junior Ainsley McCallister
On the halftime message ... "We just wanted to come out and play with heart -- win every 50/50 ball, stepping up. We wanted to play our game, not anyone else's style. We wanted to focus on our own tactics."

On her goal ... "I was in the circle and just saw a little gap. I saw [Rachael] Mack cutting in, so I just decided to push it at goal as hard as I could. I was actually hoping for her to touch it, but she didn't and the sea parted, and it hit backboard. Hey, a goal's a goal. It always changes the tone when you're up, so it always helps to get at least one on the board. We wanted to keep pushing, obviously, but it feels good to get that first one."

U-M Fifth-Year Senior Haley Jones
On the defensive effort ... "I thought our defense played great. We held them to only one shot. That's always nice; it gives me a nice break back there. We did a little bit of rotating around on defense, and everybody really stepped up well. We stayed aggressive and really utilized our transfer, which was huge. We played to our strengths, and it showed."

On the bounce-back win ... "It was critical. We really needed this one. Friday was upsetting and certainly not the outcome we wanted or expected at all. We knew today wouldn't be easy. Central Michigan is always a battle; they're a good team. They definitely came and fought hard today. We really needed to put the ball in the net and come out with a win, so we can go into our week of upcoming training on a good note."