Aug. 27, 2010
Kansas 3, Eastern Kentucky 0
Lawrence, Kan. – Aug. 27, 2010
Kansas Head Coach Mark Francis
On today’s performance:
“I thought it was good. I thought the first half was better than the second half. We were able to play a lot of people; we made a lot of subs and got a lot of people into the game, which was good because it kept us fresh. I think for today that was good, but also going into the game on Sunday that will help us. I thought in the back we looked pretty solid. They had two shots on goal but I thought we did a good job of limiting them to not really too many scoring opportunities. At the other end of the field, I think we created a lot of chances. We had eight shots on goal and there were a couple others that we probably should have done a little better with. I thought some of the stuff we did on the attacking end was pretty good. I thought we had some good performances from a lot of people, so that was encouraging for the first game.
On Sunday’s game against Georgia:
“Defensively, on balls in the air that were served from the goalkeeper or clearances, there were a lot of them that went over our midfielders and bounced between our midfielders and our defenders. We need to do a better job. You don’t want the ball bouncing, especially in your defensive third of the field. We really have to do a better job of attacking those. In the attacking third (of the Friday game), we were in a little bit of a hurry. I think we forced it a little bit (in the second half).
On 20 shots, including eight on goal:
“We created a lot of offense today. If you have 20 shots, you would hope to score more than three goals. Eight on goal is quite a lot, too. You probably would hope to score more than three goals. Maybe we need to be a little more clinical. You aren’t always going to get that many opportunities. Today I thought we did a good job of creating a lot of chances but we need to be a little more clinical.”
Senior defender Caitlin Noble
On her goal:
“Yesterday we got our set pieces and we were practicing them. Each time I would connect with the ball it would go way wide. I said, ‘Don’t worry guys. I’m just saving it for the game tomorrow.’ Then I get up there and everybody was like, ‘Come on, Noble!’ It was just one of those things. The ball was perfect and I knew what to do. It was just perfect.”
On the atmosphere at Friday’s match:
“I loved it. It’s a totally different atmosphere. I’ve never seen that many people here. I felt like it was a Missouri game. Every time when you start to get tired, you hear the drums, you hear the chants. When there are other people there just as hyped up about what you’re doing it makes you feel better about doing it. The whole atmosphere makes it so much more enjoyable to play. It’s really fun to get a lot of people out here to support us.”