Virginia-Notre Dame Post-Game Quotes

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Nov. 24, 2006

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Virginia Head Coach George Gelnovatch

On making it to the College Cup...
"It feels incredible to advance to the final four. It's been a long time and it feels even better to do it with this group and this team. It's unbelievable."

On how hectic the game felt at the end and how the team stayed together...
"It did. We've been there before. Last week we had a one goal lead that we had right down to the end to defend and dig in. Nobody lost their composure, nobody lost their cool, in fact after they scored that goal we went through a good stretch of just possessing the ball and doing a good job and defending. So, many times we were there and I think these guys would just not be denied in advancing to the final four tonight."

On accomplishing their goal to make it to the final four, yet still having work to do...
"It is, getting to the final four for us, this is our sixth time to try (and make it to the final four), and this is a big, big hurdle and we're going to enjoy it tonight and then we'll get ready tomorrow."

On what Bruce Arena said to him after the game...
"He just said congratulations."

Virginia Midfielder #8 Nico Colaluca

On how the team responded giving up two goals...
"Yeah, after they scored their first goal nobody pointed the finger or anything, but I felt that with other teams that I've been on, that might have been the case, but this team, we're just so close and we play for each other and thirty seconds later we go out on the field right after the kickoff and we get a goal back."

On how it feels making it to the final four...
"This is my third year in the program and I've never been to a final four, so it feels great to do it with this team, because we are definitely the closest team that I've been apart of, not only here, but even my whole soccer career."

 

 

Virginia Forward #9 Adam Cristman

On making it to the College Cup...
"Obviously the final four, we were close to making it two years ago and it was kind of disappointing, so with this group finally making it there is a huge accomplishment in itself, and I'm very happy for that and happy that this group of guys are able to have that as apart of their lives."

On Nico Colaluca setting up both of his goals...
"The first goal, Nico left the ball and it got by two or three people and I was able to make a short diagonal right behind their center back and it was a perfect ball. The keeper came out, and I was able to take one touch to the side and hit it real quick and just got it to the side of him. The second goal we beat the guy with a great ball from over the top and (Colaluca) served in great ball and I went in and I got a foot on it."

On Virginia's second goal...
"It was pretty much a scrum in there. Ian headed the ball and I deflected it and the keeper made the save, Nico hit it again and I think the keeper hit it again and then Yannick poked it in. It was good determination by all those guys to stay with it. It really helps getting a second goal and getting up."

Notre Dame Head Coach Bobby Clark

On his teams play...
"It was obviously disappointing for us. We were a little bit slow in starting. They had the best of the first half and we had a good second half. But the result is what matters. They are an excellent team."

On his teams second-half adjustments...
"We tried to really squeeze it and push it in the second half. We knew that was going to be our last 45 minutes of soccer this year if we didn't take chances."

On nearly getting the upset victory...
"It was a tall order to go to both Maryland and Virginia but I think that we had a team capable of doing that and we saw that tonight. We came very close to causing an upset."

Notre Dame Forward #11 Kurt Martin

On his first goal... "I just saw an opening and put it in. It was a spur-of-the moment thing."

On Virginia's third goal...
"Obviously we were excited after scoring and I guess we might have been caught sleeping a bit."