bleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on your game at Louisiana Tech?
Blair Quinn: It wasn't really any different than the rest of the games. We defend really well, we make one mistake and get punished for our mistake but we don't punish other teams for theirs. Until we start doing that we're going to keep having the same 1-0 result.
bc.net: In terms of not capitalizing on other teams' mistakes what are the things that are really sticking out in not being able to do that?
BQ: It's a complete and total lack of being able to go to goal dangerously. Teams turn the ball over to us in dangerous areas because we press well and defend well. As soon as we get the ball into the final third we don't make good decisions, we don't do enough things to create danger.
In my opinion over my years in the game, you typically have to create eight to ten chances for every goal that you want to score and we're not getting to eight or ten right now.
bc.net: How has the midfield play been for your team?
BQ: It's been good. It's been very good for the most part. It wasn't great on Sunday against LA Tech we didn't keep the ball as well as I'd liked to. Those are still our best players and our most dangerous players coming out of the midfield. We keep trying to make some subtle adjustments and tweak the system a little bit to get those players more opportunities right now.
bc.net: Is it a case of your team being close to putting it together and being able to capitalize on the mistakes that the other teams are making?
BQ: Yeah I think so. We do it every week in practice and for whatever reason when we get into actual games, I don't know if it's fear of failure or not wanting to be the one to make the mistake. We've talked to them about both scenarios and told them not to worry about that. The final third, that attacking third is the place to make mistakes because that's where you're going to keep them honest and catch them off guard. We do it in practice we're just not bringing it into game play.
bc.net: On Friday you take on Denver and Sunday you take on Bakersfield. What are your thoughts on those two games?
BQ: Denver is the only game that matters because it's the only game we get points from. They're very, very good. They're are currently No. 24 in the Soccer America Top 25 and No. 31 in the NSCA poll. Denver is a very good team and we have to find a way to slow their attack and get a goal. If we get a goal I really don't believe we'll lose that game. We defend really well typically.
bc.net: What do you see your team needing to be able to do defensively against Denver?
BQ: They throw a lot of numbers forward. They play what appears to be a 4-3-3, same kind of system that we play but their attacking mids are constantly up in the front line and so it ends up looking a lot like a 4-2-4 at times. They have very dynamic, one in particular, but several dynamic attacking players. Number 17 in particular, Kristen Hamilton, the kid is really good. Very dynamic, very aggressive in terms of her mentality to goal, she definitely wants to go to goal as often as possible and she's a good scorer. We've got to shut her down and limit their ability to get her the ball in open space.
bc.net: Having a lot of close games and not being able to score is I'm sure frustrating. What has been the overall mood of the team? They're obviously still playing very hard for you.
BQ: Yeah. The thing is that it's all about getting points and getting into the conference tournament. We don't necessarily want to be sixth, that's what we were last year but once you're in I don't think seeding matters a whole lot unless you're one of the top two seeds and you get a day off. If you're 3, 4, 5 or 6, I don't think the seed matters because you just get a chance to pay and win. Right now they understand that they still have the opportunity to get themselves in by just winning. They know that and they're playing like they know that so that's important.