Sept. 22, 2013
Michigan Head Coach Greg Ryan
On responding to Iowa's goal with the game-winning goal ... "It was one of the weirdest coaching situations I've ever been in. To give up a goal then go into a two-minute timeout knowing that we need to score another goal, we had to change the system. Win or lose, we were going to change, but it's a risky play against Iowa. Once we went up, we changed again and got more defensive, dropping several players to really try and limit Iowa's opportunities. I thought our defense did a great job of not giving away chances over the last 20 minutes once we had the lead. I was pleased with how the team organized themselves and defended over the last 15 to 20 minutes. They were sending everyone, and our backline and midfield did a fantastic job."
On the performance of the seniors ... "Going back to the Pepperdine match, our seniors have really stepped up in terms of performance. I'm giving them a lot of minutes, and they performed so well. They are the ones making the difference on this team and showed tremendous heart today."
On the result ... "We always say that when we step out onto the field, we're going for three points. We're pleased with the result, but we have to take it one match at a time. Give a lot of credit to Iowa, too. They are a very talented, very organized team and I think they'll do well in the Big Ten."
U-M Senior Kayla Mannino
On preparation during the week to prepare for Iowa ... "We knew we needed to come out strong after last week. Our focus this last week was on our preparation and performance, and I definitely think we executed that well throughout the whole match. After they tied it, to be able to come back and hold on to the lead was big for our growth."
On what was said in the huddle after Iowa tied the match ... "Everything that was said was positive. I think everyone knew we were going to come back and win. With that mentality, we were able to get the next goal and hang on to it. When we are up, we're focusing on defense. We make it a point to never stop playing our game regardless of what the score is."
U-M Senior Nkem Ezurike
On rebounding after last week's loss ... "It was really important to get our confidence back. Iowa is a very tough team to play against, so to play well against them is a positive. To start the conference slate with a win and get three points on the road is huge for us."
On how the team responded after Iowa scored ... "I felt like we just need to get focused again. They had a few attacks coming, so it was important for us to get our shape, get in-sync and go forward. We told each other we had to get forward and get chances on goal in order to put pressure on them."
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