"I was like, 'I need to make this, I need to make it up to my team,' " Nye said. "My teammates had put in so much hard work just to get the ball where it was, I just wanted to make it count for them and for the rest of the team. That goal definitely calmed us down after that, and we were able to pull it off in the end."
While Nye and her teammates were relieved after finally finishing off Stansbury, she said that it's a wake-up call that they need to stay engaged during every minute of play in the playoffs.
"I think we learned that we need to stay in the game at all times," Nye said. "We can't have mental lapses during those times because that's when good teams make the most of those opportunities. We have to stay mentally strong and put forth effort throughout the whole game."
Lopez, who finished with two goals and several more dangerous opportunities in the game, was not happy with the way she and her teammates allowed the Stallions to gain momentum in the second half.
"We played well today, but we kind of gave up in the second half," Lopez said. "I think we were all a little mad at each other after that — we should have kept pushing."
While the Grizzlies should be rather upset at themselves for allowing the game to even come down to the final minutes, coach Sven Rasmussen is confident his team will learn from the experience and do their best to not allow that to happen in the semifinal.
"I think our team is mentally strong; no player or team ever has a perfect game," Rasmussen said. "We pulled it together and got the result, though. They've been there before, they know what they need to do, it's just about reminding them to stay in it. My girls are fantastic, they get after it — I don't expect this to happen again."