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How much do you think fatigue affected us in the final compared to GT?

I seen a couple people post that GT used more substitutions than us. With the quick turnaround from a late Friday game, the long final game might have affected us with fatigue more than GT. Maybe that's why it was a higher scoring game than expected? Here are quote's from JWhite's article on the game:

"You can't go against the facts," Virginia junior goalkeeper Colin Shutler said. "We got scored on three times today. We were a bit unfortunate on most of those plays. It's definitely a [product of] the quick turnaround, with guys fatigued and just mental breakdowns here and there, myself included."

The six goals were the most in an NCAA championship game since 1980. Each team was playing on short rest –– the semifinals were Friday night –– and that led to defensive errors, multiple scoring opportunities and numerous fouls. Ten yellow cards were issued, seven of them on Virginia.

"That second half you're very fatigued," said Bell, a junior midfielder who last week was named a first-team All-American. "It's tough, and I think that does open up the chance for mistakes a lot more. So the 3-3 was an interesting scoreline, but I think [the comeback] gave you a bit of insight into our team as well."

Posted: 12/17/2019 at 12:52AM


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