SAFC Postgame Quotes - USL Western Conference Semifinal vs. OKC

San Antonio Stars

October 29, 2017 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - San Antonio Stars

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SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell:

(Initial postgame thoughts...)

"I'm bitterly disappointed for all of those players in that locker room. You put a lot of work over several months, and it comes down to penalty kicks whether you advance and continue the season. This team has had a tremendous season, worked extremely hard day in and day out, tonight just wasn't meant to be. It goes down to penalty kicks and it becomes a lottery, and we didn't win that lottery tonight."

(Overall thoughts on the opponent and matchup...)

"The game's going to be tight. We got a goal early and then they're pressing the game. They are a very well-coached team. Every one of these games that we've played this year has been to a tie, so you know what a tie means. I am just really disappointed for that locker room and the efforts for those guys over the last nine or ten months, to get knocked out in penalty kicks, I think everyone was bitterly disappointed."

(Overall thoughts of the season...)

"When you reflect on a season, when we wake up tomorrow and reflect on the whole season, it probably looks a lot more positive. Right now, it's a very bitterly disappointing way to end that season. Bottom line is, as a staff, as a coach, I couldn't be more proud of our players, their efforts. From day one they applied themselves every day, they fight for every ball and they fight until the last whistle every time they step out onto the field and we proved that all year. Tonight wasn't meant to be, our season has come to a close by unfortunate circumstances."

(On Rafa Castillo's return from injury...)

"Rafa came in and he got that because we needed someone to thread a few balls through that could give us opportunities at goal, and we know he has that. He did that straight away, he had a shot and got some passes in. He has that ability to find that final pass which is very important. You saw the response he got from the fans when he went into the game, we've been missing him for several weeks now and we were glad to have him back on the field and just wish we could have another week with him."

San Antonio FC midfielder Ryan Roushandel:

(Initial postgame thoughts...)

"It's tough, the seasons over, not much to say, I am just sad that it's over; we're upset. Obviously, it's just not a good result. Hearts are broken, broken for the club, the organization, the fans, everybody. But it's the cruelest way to end in a game of sports, I think. It's 50/50 at that point. I guess good on them, they were able to get a couple of saves and finish their chances."

(On the season's accomplishments...)

"I think after a few days, like you said, we kind of let it all sink in. From last year to this year, obviously it's a good, good step forward. The fans have been fantastic, they're the ones that pushed us all the way through this season. It sucks that we kind of left it out there for them this game, but you look at what we've done, how we've progressed, now for two years. Obviously we're going in the right direction, we're on the up and up. The fans are getting more and more behind us and the city is too. There is more to come from this club, for sure, so take that with us."

Preston Petri

SAFC Communications Manager

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