Auburn vs. LSU Postgame Quotes
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Nov. 2, 2011

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Auburn Head Coach Karen Hoppa

On her team's 3-0 win against second-seeded LSU on Wednesday ...
"It was a great team effort. I thought we played really well on both sides of the ball. LSU is a great team and one of the most dangerous attacks in the league. I thought our defense was outstanding and our offense was just clicking today and we scored some great goals."

On what she saw from Tatiana Coleman returning to score the first goal after missing the last three games with an injury ...
"She played 15 minutes and created two goals for us because the own goal, I give her credit for that one as well. We have really been missing her; she's a big part of our attack and for her to come in and make an impact on this game in such a short amount of time was really critical for our team."

On whether she could tell Tatiana Coleman was hungry to get back on the field after her injury ...
"Oh yeah, she was hungry and our team was hungry to have her back out there. She makes such a difference because she is so dangerous every time she touches the ball and she opens up things for everybody, like Katy [Frierson] and Ana Cate, so we were all hungry to get her back out there."

On her team's defense Wednesday, holding LSU without a goal in the match ...
"What can you say? Especially making the change with Kim Spence there in the back and Kim had an outstanding game, only the second 90-minute game of her career and it was great. Mary Nicholson had us organized and then Amy Howard with the shutout played great. She handled the ball a lot; she may not have had a ton of saves, but she handled the ball a lot and was solid every time she went up for it."

On her thoughts on facing either Kentucky or Tennessee in the SEC Tournament Semifinals Friday ...
"It's Kentucky or Tennessee, they're both great teams and I think it's a league and a tournament that's wide open because there's so much quality."

Auburn Player #11 Tatiana Coleman, Fr., F

On her team's 3-0 win against second-seeded LSU on Wednesday ...
"We knew we were coming to play in the SECs and, of course I'm a freshman, so I don't really know what to expect, but I knew that we had to win this game to go on. We worked really hard all practice and we knew that we had LSU and we had beaten them before, but we knew that they were going to come back hard to win. As soon as I got in, I knew I had to score the goal and that I would be alright because I had a muscle injury and it kind of slowed me down a little bit, but the first goal was really exciting and we just needed that to be able to push."

On how hungry she was to get back on the field after missing the last three games due to injury ...
"I have missed a lot of games and I just wanted to get back on the field and run. I'm not as strong as I was, but I tried and effort goes a long way."

On her thoughts on facing either Kentucky or Tennessee in the SEC Tournament Semifinals Friday ...
"We don't really know what to expect, but whoever wins, we are ready for anything and we are going to come out just as hard as we did today."

LSU Head Coach Brian Lee

On his team's 3-0 loss to seventh-seeded Auburn on Wednesday ...
"It was a little bit of an odd game. I thought we played pretty well and then we got caught with a ball bouncing in our six for a header and against a good team, you can't do that, and then you have to chase the game a little bit. I thought Amy Howard made a couple of really good saves for them to keep it one-nil, and we'll just move on from here."

On the strength of the SEC this season ...
"We're the two seed and they [Auburn] also beat the No. 1 team in the country earlier this season [Duke, then ranked No. 5]. I think it's the best year ever for SEC soccer. We're hoping to get eight teams in the NCAA Tournament, but certainly six or seven is very realistic and maybe eight. It's the best we've ever been."

On what his team works on in preparation for a possible NCAA at-large bid ...
"We've got to get healthy and take a few days off; that's probably our biggest thing. Sometimes, in the tournaments, it can be a blessing if you lose early, if you've got some nicks and bruises. We'll take a few days off and kind of regroup this weekend and then go from there."