Lev Kirshner News Conference Quotes
SDSU HEAD COACH Lev Kirshner
We are 0-1-1. We opened up our first games over the weekend against No. 15 Notre Dame, where unfortunately we came up a little short, lost 3 2, and then tied the No. 8 team in the country at Indiana, 0 0.
Q. How good of a test was it opening with two nationally ranked teams?
It was a very big test and it showed great fortitude in our group to go out and make sure that they could find the result necessary on Sunday after not a great performance on Friday. But to come back Sunday with the confidence and the ability to get that tie was very good for our confidence in getting us ready for this game on Friday.
Q. And how excited are you and the players for the first night game here?
When I first came to Montezuma Mesa, I did mention to our administration that there were about three things necessary for me to never look for another job. Two out of those three things have taken place; getting to a resource level with fully funded complement of scholarships; getting lights up there, and then a full complement of assistant coaches. Hopefully that's coming with the move to the Big East so that our position can be reinstated. But at this moment the administration is not getting rid of me by me leaving. This is very exciting.
Q. Did anything stand out to you last week?
But the mental capacity of our group to go out there after a bad performance on Friday in the heat, to turn around in inclement conditions of rain on Sunday against probably a Final Four team. I would be very surprised if Indiana doesn't end up in the Final Four with the talent and depth that they have.
It was telling to me to know that this is a group that no matter who comes to play us, they will have to compete at their highest level to have a chance to beat us, because our guys are going to fight and battle.
Q. Update on injured goalkeeper Blake Hylen.
Whether it be Blake or whether it be Tim on the weekend, we are fully confident in our goalkeeping.
Q. Could you talk about the huge difference, shots on goal, 29 13 and you guys, 10 4. Just talk about that a little bit if you could.
This is a very good team that came at us very hard. We are down in our numbers right now, and the ability to have game fitness, as that was our first weekend of games, really played a toll on us and our need to defend. Certainly we never like to be dominated like that and the last time I remember being dominated like that was in 2005 against Cal and in fact I think we won that game, as well.
So this is something to put a similarity to, that the resilience and the mentality of this group is going to be very high. Once we get all of our bodies back, we are going to be extremely talented again, not to say that we are not talented right now, obviously looking at our results against the No. 8 team in the country (Indiana).
Q. Do you ever look over at the football players practicing and think you could help those guys out? Just as a bit of tongue in cheek.
So no tongue in cheek at all on that. That would have been a big mistake on their part not to grab him for GPA alone, let alone the fact that Chance is a very talented kicker. We actually stole him away from football originally. They were courting him out of high school and Chance's love was in soccer, the real football, since we are going to go tongue in cheek.
So there's no doubt that Chance wanted to try to perform on his first love and he got four years of that and decided to have a go at football where he was extremely talented in the Mission Valley Athletic League, which is my former league. We are actually from the same hometown, as well, to give you another story on that. He went to Washington High School and I went to Michigan San Jose High School.