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Postgame Quotes: UCLA 10, UC San Diego 1
By: UCLA Athletics

Dec. 3, 2011


UCLA head coach Adam Wright
on winning Saturday's semifinal
"With those first games, there are a lot of unknowns. We were at UC San Diego about three and a half weeks ago, and I told our guys that it would be a different game. It takes so much to arrive to this point. And when you get here, there's a little bit of nerves. Overall, I thought our defense was good. We had a lot of opportunities early on and we didn't do a good job finishing, but to hold that team to one goal means we did a good job on defense today."

on the crosstown rivalry between UCLA and USC
"The way we approach it is, you've got to respect your opponent. You've got to respect what they've done, in that this is their seventh [consecutive] time here. That's pretty incredible as a program. We're going to have to be up for the challenge of our life. If you want to be the best, you've got to beat the best. They are going for their fourth one in a row. And these guys here are trying to start a new legacy at UCLA."

junior Josh Samuels
on playing USC for the NCAA title Sunday
"After we lost to USC at home two weeks ago, Adam [Wright] gathered us together and told us that we were going to see them again, as we did last weekend. Our ultimate goal is to be here and play in the finals, and I wouldn't want it any other way than to be able to play in the championship game against USC."

senior Cullen Hennessy
on playing USC for the NCAA title Sunday
"It's what you live for all year. SC is a heck of a program. Just like back in 2009, it's the same kind of deal. We were 2-2 against them at the end of the year, and played them in the national championship in the rubber match. We're looking for some redemption, and we're looking to start something new here at UCLA. You train hard all year. We're happy being MPSF Champions, but that's not why you train so hard day in and day out for four years, and for me this is my fifth year. We are really looking forward to the opportunity tomorrow, and we're hoping to have a great game."

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