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    Forgedias got a reaction from NickH in Jessie Fleming   
    This Friday and Sunday will be road games for UCLA, happily both games will be available to watch via the other team's streaming network. 

    Friday UCLA plays Brigham Young University at 6pm pt 
    Link: https://www.byutv.org/livetv

    Sunday UCLA plays Weber State at 6pm pt
    Link: http://www.bigskyconf.com/sports/2015/11/19/WatchBigSky.aspx

    Edit: Forgot to put up times. 
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    Forgedias got a reaction from Jamaicanadian in Jessie Fleming   
    This Friday and Sunday will be road games for UCLA, happily both games will be available to watch via the other team's streaming network. 

    Friday UCLA plays Brigham Young University at 6pm pt 
    Link: https://www.byutv.org/livetv

    Sunday UCLA plays Weber State at 6pm pt
    Link: http://www.bigskyconf.com/sports/2015/11/19/WatchBigSky.aspx

    Edit: Forgot to put up times. 
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    Forgedias got a reaction from rkomar in Jessie Fleming   
    I don't doubt the formation could change in the future. But UCLA did recruit 12 freshman this year. That is a huge class to come in and Coach Amanda Cromwell needs to figure out where everyone will play at. Are they going to be super subs and provide energy, tempo against a tired team or will they become starters and become the spine for the team. Its why you saw so many substitutions this game. She needs to know what she has in her players and figure out their roles. 

    And yes I noticed what Fleming was doing. Playing more has a holding midfielder and acting more defensively. The thing is, when Fleming is on the pitch, UCLA usually keeps a clean sheet. All the goals, the 2 goals from Santa Clara, the goal from Santa Barbara were all scored while Fleming was on the bench. That should tell you how much work Fleming does on the defensive side. But yes I want Fleming on the offensive side more. She is spectacular there.

    Other players who have stood out so far is Ashley Sanchez has been great. Great on the ball, her work rate has been outstanding. Tracks back defensively and will help her defense win balls in her own half. For a forward that is good to see. Plus Sanchez has shown creativity. She doesn't force plays if they don't exist and will create space for other players to make runs to and send them balls. 

    Another rookie who has shown great flashes is Delanie Sheehan. What I like about her is her football IQ. She makes runs into space to receive balls, knows when to attack or when to link up with her midfield. The problem with freshman players is that they will play direct a lot of the times. They get the ball and charge for goal to get a shot off. Not what I like seeing and UCLA doesn't play this way. So knocking that out of the rookies will take time but Sheehan has shown she has already progressed further. Good to see.

    Other then that, the midfield will solidify soon. A lot of young players are available and they will all need to get some time on the pitch. Its the defense that is worrying right now. They haven't been playing well. Have allowed goals in their 3 games. Its why Kennedy Faulknor will be important. Really looking forward to what she brings to UCLA. 
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    Forgedias got a reaction from Jamaicanadian in Jessie Fleming   
    UCLA wins 4-2 over Santa Clara   UCLA: Hailie Mace (2nd, 3rd, 4th) Annika Rodriguez (1st)
    Santa Clara: Julie Doyle, Kelsey Turnbow
      You could say that defense wasn't the emphasis today. A lot of header goals, goals that were played poorly by the defense and honestly Santa Clara could of given UCLA a much harder time if they could of kept their press up all game. Which they couldn't.

    Santa Clara forced a lot of disjointed plays from UCLA by pressing them early and got an early goal. UCLA would then score then next 3 goals in turn but I wasn't happy with what I was seeing. Annika Rodriguez not once in the entire first half every tried connecting with Jessie Fleming which was frustrating to see. There was one point where Rodriguez was near the touch line and Fleming was in the middle of the pitch, she opened herself up for a passing option but Rodriguez elected to launch a cross over the other side of the field. Thereby ignore Fleming which made me ask Why? She has the middle of the pitch, Fleming can switch the field and force the defense to commit to her there by creating space for her flanks. 

    And then Rodriguez is pretty much to blame for the second Santa Clara goal. Fleming who wasn't getting passes from Rodriguez was sending balls to Rodriguez and she sent a through ball to Rodriguez getting her into the box. Rodriguez had a defender to beat and wanted to try to beat her and while she tried to dribble through another defender would join in and force a turn over, Santa Clara then launched a long ball forward sending a counter that would out man the UCLA defense and the defense would play that counter poorly and Santa Clara would score. 

    Ashley Sanchez on the other hand played superbly. She may be a forward but she plays like a midfielder. She has vision and ability to dribble at defenders which she used all game long. She didn't force situations like Rodriguez did and because of her creativity, she actually set up team mates. Her 2 assists today, one of them a through ball to Rodriguez and a spot kick that Mace headed it for one of her 3 goals today. 

    Fleming didn't get as many touches in the first half as I wanted, in the second half, Rodriguez didn't start it and that allowed Fleming a lot more touches, but Fleming was more concerned about defending then attacking. You could see how she moved around off the ball and was always more concerned about tracking back then attacking. 

    So no points for Fleming today which is disappointing but UCLA did beat a very good squad in Santa Clara who regularly make the NCAA tournament. 
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    Forgedias got a reaction from rkomar in Jessie Fleming   
    UCLA wins 4-2 over Santa Clara   UCLA: Hailie Mace (2nd, 3rd, 4th) Annika Rodriguez (1st)
    Santa Clara: Julie Doyle, Kelsey Turnbow
      You could say that defense wasn't the emphasis today. A lot of header goals, goals that were played poorly by the defense and honestly Santa Clara could of given UCLA a much harder time if they could of kept their press up all game. Which they couldn't.

    Santa Clara forced a lot of disjointed plays from UCLA by pressing them early and got an early goal. UCLA would then score then next 3 goals in turn but I wasn't happy with what I was seeing. Annika Rodriguez not once in the entire first half every tried connecting with Jessie Fleming which was frustrating to see. There was one point where Rodriguez was near the touch line and Fleming was in the middle of the pitch, she opened herself up for a passing option but Rodriguez elected to launch a cross over the other side of the field. Thereby ignore Fleming which made me ask Why? She has the middle of the pitch, Fleming can switch the field and force the defense to commit to her there by creating space for her flanks. 

    And then Rodriguez is pretty much to blame for the second Santa Clara goal. Fleming who wasn't getting passes from Rodriguez was sending balls to Rodriguez and she sent a through ball to Rodriguez getting her into the box. Rodriguez had a defender to beat and wanted to try to beat her and while she tried to dribble through another defender would join in and force a turn over, Santa Clara then launched a long ball forward sending a counter that would out man the UCLA defense and the defense would play that counter poorly and Santa Clara would score. 

    Ashley Sanchez on the other hand played superbly. She may be a forward but she plays like a midfielder. She has vision and ability to dribble at defenders which she used all game long. She didn't force situations like Rodriguez did and because of her creativity, she actually set up team mates. Her 2 assists today, one of them a through ball to Rodriguez and a spot kick that Mace headed it for one of her 3 goals today. 

    Fleming didn't get as many touches in the first half as I wanted, in the second half, Rodriguez didn't start it and that allowed Fleming a lot more touches, but Fleming was more concerned about defending then attacking. You could see how she moved around off the ball and was always more concerned about tracking back then attacking. 

    So no points for Fleming today which is disappointing but UCLA did beat a very good squad in Santa Clara who regularly make the NCAA tournament. 
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    Forgedias got a reaction from rkomar in Jessie Fleming   
    Next game with be at the home campus at UCLA on Thursday and same on Sunday. So both will be broadcast on the Pac12 network. 7:05 pm PT Thursday and 5:35 pm PT on Sunday (Edit)

    The link is the same one I gave out for the San Diego State game. Here is the link.

    http://i4atv.info/ggwpforum/?page=p12losa

    They have a preview of both matches at their website. Here is the link.

    http://www.uclabruins.com/news/2017/8/23/womens-soccer-no-7-ucla-set-for-pair-of-home-matches.aspx?path=wsoc
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    Forgedias got a reaction from rkomar in Jessie Fleming   
    That Youtube link I gave should be available on that website to view the game. 

    UCLA beats Long Beach 5-1
    Goals:
    UCLA: 3' Jessie Fleming (2nd) 23', 69' Delanie Sheehan (1st, 2nd) 75' Mackenzie Cerda (1st) 84th Julia Hernadez (3rd)
    Long Beach: 48' Katie Pingel

    Jessie Fleming would also pick up 2 assists this game giving her 3 total so far this season.

    I was listening to this via Internet radio and it was hard to listen to, the commentators looked like they were using this as tools to learn for school. So it was hard to actually figure out where the action was. I ended up looking around and found this Youtube link from a forum. 

    UCLA came out in their traditional 4-4-2 formation. This time, Ashley Sanchez the number 1 recruit in the nation this year started and played. She wasn't available on Friday. Sanchez more then showed why she has this top billing, she constantly dribbling and trying to beat defenders but what I really liked seeing from her is her focus on trying to connect to her midfield when she needed support. Something I have a problem with Annika Rodriguez who doesn't do this enough. Lots of hold up, waiting for players to provide her options and passing instead of trying to force runs when they were not there.

    Fleming would start the scoring 3 minutes into the game on a through ball that allowed Fleming to go clear past the defenders and she easily slotted the ball into goal beating the keeper. The next goal came late in the first half where Fleming picked up the primary assist on freeing Sheehan for a 1v1 and the keeper almost made the stop but the ball rebounded off her into goal. 

    In the second half, Jessie Fleming would sit for the first 20 minutes. It was then that Long Beach would put more pressure on UCLA and create a scoring chance which they would score on. The pitch at Long Beach was very rough, if you watch the video, you can see pits on the grass and alot of it looked torn up. UCLA couldn't string much possession without Fleming on the pitch. Ashley Sanchez was still making defenders look silly with her dribbling and she was very active in defending the ball and trying to keep it away from Long Beach. 

    By the time Fleming got on the pitch, the score would be 3-1 but with Fleming on, she acted like a conduit for her offense and kept the ball and continued to put pressure in the attacking zone. In one sequence Annika Rodriguez tried to drive into the box and dribbled against 3 defenders and gave up the ball. Something that I am pretty critical of since good defenses won't make that move easy. Fleming on the other hand got the ball soon after and just waited for Cerda to make her run and then fed her the ball and Cerda was in on a 1v1 against the Long Beach keeper. Cerda only had the far post and she took it and scored. Fleming would get another primary assist on that goal. Annika Rodriguez would do another charge into the box, but this time she would beat her defender and then curl around at the end line feeding the ball to Hernadez for another goal. It worked but not sure if she would be so focused on trying to force runs when the difficulty of success is so high. 

    On the whole good night for Jessie Fleming, could of gained another assist, but the last goal, annika Rodriguez had the ball while she drove to the by line and Fleming wasn't rewarded for that assist. 
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    Forgedias got a reaction from rkomar in Jessie Fleming   
    Final score 5-1 UCLA defeats San Diego State. Jessie Fleming would finish the game with a goal and one assist. The goal was a spectacular goal. 

    Some changes in the line up from last season. Haillie Mace who was the center back pairing starter for UCLA last year moves to center forward. Karina Rodriguez the sister of Annika Rodriguez started as center back and paired with regular center back Kaiya McCullough. I think Kennedy Faulknor who is actually capped with the senior Canadian national team was available, she would have been the automatic starter. But she may be dealing with some injuries or was unavailable yet. 

    I think with everyone here there will be great relief that Jessie Fleming is now entrenched as the central midfielder for UCLA. She holds the 10 spot. Annika Rodriguez who for a time, played the 10 role for UCLA last year was slowly supplanted by Fleming as she showed her quality constantly in the previous campaign. She was moved to the flanks and actually had her number changed from 13 to 7 to illustrate this. Fleming is also now the new Captain for the UCLA squad. This is her team. 

    The commentators were looking at the UCLA formation and it looked like UCLA came out in a 4-3-3 which is telling since UCLA normally runs a 4-4-2 formation with a diamond midfield. We'll see if UCLA stays to this formation over the season. 

    The game:

    With the new formation and rookies coming in. UCLA started with 2 freshman on the pitch. Karina Rodriguez and Delanie Sheehan. Sheehan was a forward, Mace was central and Sunny Dunphy played the left flank. Fleming played underneath, Annika Rodriguez started right wing midfielder but shifted left later on. The back line had McCullough and Karina Rodriguez and Cerda and Zoey Goralski who is the right fullback. The wing defenders did get subbed in and out with new players. So it looked like Coach Amanda Cromwell was still working on the starters for her roster because lots of players got time on the pitch.

    Because of the history of the 4-4-2 formation that UCLA ran. Both their previous forwards graduated and those positions were completely open for the taking. Which is why this game saw a lot of players get subbed in to see if they can take the role for their own. 

    The game would start off with UCLA having more possession then San Diego but not much more. What was happening was the players in front for UCLA were going direct and trying to force scoring chances. And for the first 20 minutes, Jessie Fleming took very few touches of the ball. Annika Rodriguez was constantly holding onto the ball and even though Fleming was opening herself up for distribution, Rodriguez was trying to constantly push the ball to the end line and try to either cross in or make an attack. The problem was, these were not working frequently resulting in a turn over. Its when substitutions came in that UCLA started playing the ball and creating more passing lanes for each other. Viviana Villacorta was a good example. Kept the ball at her feet and preferred to build out slowly and dribbled through some pressure tackles. The first goal would happen in the first half, with Sheehan getting a cross into the box and Hailie Mace then finishing the ball with a volley into goal. The first half would end 1-0 but Amanda Cromwell wasn't happy with what she saw. She talked in her half time interview that she wants to see more patience and possession and passing from her team. 

    The second half was a different story with more focus on keeping the ball and not taking half chances. Fleming would get onto a cross that was going to no blue shirt until a blur of a player charged in and leaped into the air and volleyed the ball in. The ball was 2 or 3 feet still in the air and Fleming still hit it with her foot. I was going onto my screen, "was that Fleming?" Fleming was completely airborne and did sort of a split in the air to get her foot onto the ball to volley it into the net. Really great goal by Fleming. 

    About 10 minutes later, Fleming holding onto the ball, waited for Gorlaski to make a run and then fed her a perfectly weighted ball and allowed Goralski to go to the end line and send a cross in and Julia Hernadez would score off a header. Fleming would pick up a secondary assist here. Around the 70th minute, Fleming was subbed off and allowed to rest. UCLA would score 2 more goals, but not with any of the fluid transitions that happen when Fleming is creating on the attack. One of the goals is from a corner kick that San Diego didn't clear even though they out numbered UCLA in the box. Another was from a penalty kick that Hernadez took. Probably would of been taken by Fleming if she was still on the pitch at that time. Hernadez actually got 3 chances on the goal. Her first shot was saved by the keeper, the rebound came back to Hernadez who actually whiffed on her second shot completely missing the ball and then with her third attempt she scored. If San Diego played that better, they would of stopped those extra chances. 

    So to recap. Good things happen when Fleming has the ball, but her team needs to look to give her the ball more. But there are a lot of new faces on the squad so I'm sure more work at getting the team chemistry will be a work in progress for the team. Still they did score 5 goals against a team that made it to the NCAA tournament last year. 


     
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    Forgedias got a reaction from rkomar in Jessie Fleming   
    Link for the San Diego State game is available. Here it is. Game starts at 7pm Pacific time, they are currently doing a replay of the UCLA-USC game. 

    http://i4atv.info/ggwpforum/?page=p12losa

    There won't be a link for Long Beach since its played at Long Beach. 
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    Forgedias got a reaction from mtlfan in Jessie Fleming   
    Wanted to leave this here for you guys. 

    There is a site I follow that does write ups on College football for women and they do projections of players as they age up through their 4 years in college. The site is called Allwhitekit and the author is Chris Henderson. He is also doing a podcast about women's soccer as well now. 

    Here is his draft projections of 2020 since its a very good draft year with Jessie Fleming and Deyna Castellanos the young Venezuelan star. He is projecting pretty far into the future since these players are freshman and players can improve and move up the draft rankings. But its a fun exercise and the 2020 year is loaded but the 2019 in his opinion is going to be very weak on talent. Its why he wanted to look further ahead and hype it up.

    Here is the article link.  http://www.allwhitekit.com/?p=15250
    Further he talks about the 2020 draft in his podcast that he does with a college coach  Jon Lipsitz. Jessie Fleming is number one in his draft ranking with Deyna Castellanos coming in 2nd place. They go fairly in depth with each of the 27 players on his list so if you want to skip ahead its near the end where they talk about Fleming at the 1 hour 21:40 minute mark. They talk about Fleming and point out that she destroyed top ranked Pac12 defenses and coach Jon Lipsitz points out that not many talk about Fleming's ability to fire bombs from 25-30 yards out and in college many teams will sit back and force the player to try to beat them. He says that if they do so, Fleming can rip them apart from long range and if they try to close in on her she can beat them or combine through them. A lot of players at the college level and beyond will have a tough time defending against Fleming because there isn't a single strategy they can use to stop her. He goes further and states that Fleming is a better Rose Lavelle who went number one in the NWSL draft. She is more athletic, more technical and can shoot from long range. 

    Lots of praise for Jessie. Here is the link to the podcast. http://www.allwhitekit.com/?p=15247
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    Forgedias got a reaction from rkomar in Jessie Fleming   
    Wanted to leave this here for you guys. 

    There is a site I follow that does write ups on College football for women and they do projections of players as they age up through their 4 years in college. The site is called Allwhitekit and the author is Chris Henderson. He is also doing a podcast about women's soccer as well now. 

    Here is his draft projections of 2020 since its a very good draft year with Jessie Fleming and Deyna Castellanos the young Venezuelan star. He is projecting pretty far into the future since these players are freshman and players can improve and move up the draft rankings. But its a fun exercise and the 2020 year is loaded but the 2019 in his opinion is going to be very weak on talent. Its why he wanted to look further ahead and hype it up.

    Here is the article link.  http://www.allwhitekit.com/?p=15250
    Further he talks about the 2020 draft in his podcast that he does with a college coach  Jon Lipsitz. Jessie Fleming is number one in his draft ranking with Deyna Castellanos coming in 2nd place. They go fairly in depth with each of the 27 players on his list so if you want to skip ahead its near the end where they talk about Fleming at the 1 hour 21:40 minute mark. They talk about Fleming and point out that she destroyed top ranked Pac12 defenses and coach Jon Lipsitz points out that not many talk about Fleming's ability to fire bombs from 25-30 yards out and in college many teams will sit back and force the player to try to beat them. He says that if they do so, Fleming can rip them apart from long range and if they try to close in on her she can beat them or combine through them. A lot of players at the college level and beyond will have a tough time defending against Fleming because there isn't a single strategy they can use to stop her. He goes further and states that Fleming is a better Rose Lavelle who went number one in the NWSL draft. She is more athletic, more technical and can shoot from long range. 

    Lots of praise for Jessie. Here is the link to the podcast. http://www.allwhitekit.com/?p=15247
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    Forgedias got a reaction from rkomar in Jessie Fleming   
    Last year they missed the NCAA tournament. They had a below .500 record. Part of that the previous year they graduated a huge senior class so they struggled hard. Possession wise they were constantly pressured by the other team. This year, they are missing 3 players from the U20 World Cup who are top prep athletes. One of them Mallory Pugh is the top ranked recruit for this years class and played at the Olympics this year like Jessie Fleming did. So UCLA didn't have the talent that they could of had.

    Plus they had a key injury in Darian Jenkins which meant that UCLA relied even more on Fleming for scoring. So you would see teams put 2 or even 3 players to mark her. Basically telling UCLA that they had to have someone else step up to score.

    Talent wise this years club and looking at the future. Anika Rodriguez who is a midfielder and played more of the 10 role for UCLA which I really wanted Jessie Fleming to play. Fleming played either wing and UCLA played a diamond midfield 4-4-2 formation. UCLA started shifting their formation around to a more 4-3-3 formation and sometimes a 3-5-2 when they needed more offense so Fleming could play the 9 role and be the central holding forward role which she exceled at. Fleming started picking up more assists from this position allowing her to hold up play and spring forwards with thoughtful passes. UCLA in the past had their seniors and Anika Rodriguez handle spot kicks near the box. And since I know Fleming has a great shot, I also wanted Fleming to take these. It wasn't until later near the end of the season did we see that happen. Fleming was getting opportunities to take spot kicks which made me happy.

    UCLA has some talent right now. Rodriguez is a good technical midfielder who can hold and keep the ball at her feet. Hailie Mace is their center back. Very mobile and good technical skills. She seems to have the green light to go forward if she sees an opportunity and has dribbled through several players to make some highlight plays this year. Another is Zoey Goralski who is a right outside back. Great speed and another good technical player.

    So out of these players, Fleming, Rodriguez, Mace and Goralski would make your top players for this squad next year. They have 2 forwards graduating this year, Darian Jenkins and Amber Munderlyn which will open spots up front for the new incoming class. But the 3 key players at the World Cup is what I will focus on. They were forced to red shirt this year because its what the USWNT U20 coach wanted them to do. Really did heavy damage to teams like Penn State that lost 6 players to the World Cup. They were a shadow of their former selves since they won the NCAA tournament last year.

    Mallory Pugh. Top Ranked player of 2016, played at the Olympics. She will be coming in as a forward. Speed, attacking skill and technical ability to boot. She is an immediate upgrade for the UCLA.

    Ashley Sanchez. Another top recruit. Forward as well and like Pugh is probably on the radar of the USWNT senior team down the line. Has technical skills like Pugh and captained the U17 team for the United States.

    Marley Canales. Midfielder. Top 15 player I think? Can't remember but she is fairly high and comes in with a lot of pedigree. Been to all the major Cups for her age level. Probably going to be a flanking midfielder or maybe play a holding role for UCLA but she can be both attacking or defending.

    You add in these 3 players that are at the World Cup to the ones I listed for next year and you have a very strong contending roster.

    4-4-2 diamond midfield. (Though I am not sure if Fleming would be at the 10 spot or if Rodriguez would be given that role like she has been doing for most of this year)
    --------Pugh---Sanchez
    -----------Rodriguez
    Fleming-------Canales
    ----------Winter


    4-3-3 might be a better option to fit Fleming and Rodriguez into a formation that will tailor their abilities more. Have Fleming play at the 9 role or a false 9 role, more deeper to hold up play. At least this formation Fleming would be more of the playmaker for the team as the central forward. (It may seem nothing really has changed formation wise but just imagine the 3 top players as forwards and the bottom 3 as midfielders and things start making more sense. Since UCLA does play with a defensive midfielder a lot of the time)

    -------Pugh------Sanchez
    -------------Fleming
    Rodriguez-----Canales
    -----------Winter

    UCLA to me becomes one of the most exciting teams to watch next year. Should be a lot of fun. Especially with the break out of Fleming for UCLA. She has come through with a lot of clutch goals and been given more responsibility that a player like Pugh will not overshadow Fleming. Fleming has class written all over her and her ability to think on the field and create is going to be unmatched.
     
     
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    Forgedias got a reaction from rkomar in Jessie Fleming   
    Here is a piece done by UCLA on Jessie Fleming
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    Forgedias got a reaction from Lofty in Jessie Fleming   
    Wanted to leave these videos here for you guys. UCLA beat their second round opponent Nebraska 2-0. Jessie Fleming assisted on both goals. She was playing slightly deeper for her team so she was able to get more touches and hold the ball up more. You can see her in the videos with the ball, waiting for team mates to make runs and then making passes to them. UCLA is at West Virginia since they are in their bracket. This Sunday they play against West Virginia which of course has 7 Canadians on the squad.

    West Virginia for their part beat a scrappy Ohio State today 1-0 in overtime. The Buckeyes played the bunker counter attack strategy but mostly they were trying to bunker in for the penalty shoot out. Ashley Lawrence was a superstar in that match. Mostly played in the midfield and she controlled the entire attack for the Mountaineers. In Basketball there is a term for breaking down a defender with the dribble. That is exactly what Lawrence did to the defenders but she would keep doing it to not one defender at a time but would rip apart several defenders, doing step overs and changing directions to shake her markers. Very impressive footwork from Lawrence. She did get banged up because the Buckeyes were fouling her hard and there were a lot of heated words about the abuse she was getting from the West Virginia side. She ended up switching to the right back spot which did take some of the steam from the West Virginia attack.

    What could be said about the game was Ohio State bunkered and West Virginia came in waves. They had 26 shots to I think only 5 from Ohio State. But many of those shots were pretty poor quality by the Mountaineers. They will need to improve on that against UCLA.
     
     
     
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    Forgedias got a reaction from rkomar in Jessie Fleming   
    Wanted to leave these videos here for you guys. UCLA beat their second round opponent Nebraska 2-0. Jessie Fleming assisted on both goals. She was playing slightly deeper for her team so she was able to get more touches and hold the ball up more. You can see her in the videos with the ball, waiting for team mates to make runs and then making passes to them. UCLA is at West Virginia since they are in their bracket. This Sunday they play against West Virginia which of course has 7 Canadians on the squad.

    West Virginia for their part beat a scrappy Ohio State today 1-0 in overtime. The Buckeyes played the bunker counter attack strategy but mostly they were trying to bunker in for the penalty shoot out. Ashley Lawrence was a superstar in that match. Mostly played in the midfield and she controlled the entire attack for the Mountaineers. In Basketball there is a term for breaking down a defender with the dribble. That is exactly what Lawrence did to the defenders but she would keep doing it to not one defender at a time but would rip apart several defenders, doing step overs and changing directions to shake her markers. Very impressive footwork from Lawrence. She did get banged up because the Buckeyes were fouling her hard and there were a lot of heated words about the abuse she was getting from the West Virginia side. She ended up switching to the right back spot which did take some of the steam from the West Virginia attack.

    What could be said about the game was Ohio State bunkered and West Virginia came in waves. They had 26 shots to I think only 5 from Ohio State. But many of those shots were pretty poor quality by the Mountaineers. They will need to improve on that against UCLA.
     
     
     
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    Forgedias got a reaction from rkomar in Jessie Fleming   
    Unless a big club in Europe is willing to give Jessie Fleming a 6 figure salary, it isn't worth it to skip a free education considering the costs involved. Women do not have the same avenue to play at an Academy and then make money later on. The money just isn't there unless a club is willing to fund the development for the player.

    As to the weakness of the NCAA, I agree it can be weak in the sense that conferences are not equal. There are many conferences that only send one team to the NCAA tournament. The best conferences are the ACC, Pac12, Big10, SEC and the Big12. The WCC and the Big East are smaller conferences that can send more then one team to the NCAA tournament.

    These conferences at least have teams that attract the best players in the nation so against each other they have competition plus when they schedule non conference matches, they tend to try to schedule against each other to get the strongest opponents.

    ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) North Carolina (22 championships) Notre Dame (3 Championships) Florida State (1 Championship) Duke, Virginia, Clemson make up the best of these teams. North Carolina lost 3 players to the U20 World Cup, Duke look very strong this year and Florida State has had times struggled. Clemson has Kailen Sheridan and she carries the Tigers to a lot of wins on her back.

    Pac12 (Pacific 12 Conference) Stanford (1 championship) UCLA (1 championship), USC (1 championship) California are the best teams in this conference. Stanford is the favored pick to win the NCAA tournament this year because they kept all their players that would of gone to the U20 World Cup this year. Penn State who won the championship last year lost 6 players to the World Cup. UCLA lost 3 players so I don't expect UCLA to be a favorite, but next year they have Mallory Pugh who played at the Olympics, Ashley Sanchez and Marley Canales and should be a scary force together with Jessie Fleming. The only weakness I see from the UCLA is their goal keeper.

    Big10: Penn State, Minnesota and Rutgers make the cream of the crop here. Penn State shouldn't be able to repeat since they lost 6 players to the World Cup. But if they had those players, they would be on of the favorites to repeat. Rutgers use defense to win so I think all 3 will be in the NCAA tournament.

    SEC (Southeastern Conference) South Carolina, Florida and Arkansas (The team that beat mighty Florida State) make up the best here. I had Texas A&M here in the beginning of the year but they have struggled hard this year.  South Carolina was the former home of Sabrina D'Angelo and normally the motto is defense but this year its defense and offense. They are one of the best teams in the nation this year.
    Big12: West Virginia, Baylor and Oklahoma make up the best here. West Virginia has of course Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence but they also have 5 other Canadians on their squad. They have only conceded 6 goals all year and none in their conference play. Plus they score a ton of goals. They are the current number one team in the nation after Sanford lost to USC 3-0 in a shock loss and dropped out of the top spot. A lot of people have tabbed Stanford as the favorites to host the College Cup but my pick is West Virginia. Their defense is bar none the best in the nation and they are a strong possession team. Their last match against Texas Tech this Friday. They outshot them 29-5. That should tell you how good they are compared to most teams.
    At the college level, teams schedule matches against each other. They have a conference schedule where they play against their own conference opponents and a non conference schedule where they try to schedule matches against the strongest teams outside their conference. RPI (Rating percentage index) is a rating that each team gets for determining their wins against how strong their opponents are. So if their opponent was a puff cake, then their rating would most of the time reflect that.
    Currently the top RPI teams in the nation are Stanford, West Virginia and South Carolina. By scheduling strong teams in the non conference part of their schedule and then beating good teams in their conference. You can tell where the strong conferences are located.

    Does this alleviate the fact that their are weak teams and possibly the wrong system that a player will play in? No of course not. There is always the risk that a player will be lost in a college system. Especially if they go to a college that isn't one of the stronger ones out there. But look how Kadeisha and Ashley developed at West Virginia. They are World class players and are elite. UCLA plays a ball possession game. If you watch them, they do a lot of one touch passes to each other. They have weaknesses. Some of their players are simply place holders until Pugh, Canales and Sanchez arrive next year. But they have Fleming and Rodriguez who will form the back bone of the midfield and they will make deep runs into the NCAA tournament. And that is the important part. Making a deep run into a major tournament which in by itself is a very good development tool for a player.  I do question their goal keeper for UCLA because she has only one attribute. Size but she isn't quick and she is slow. Because she is slow, she can't get off her line to challenge for balls inside the box and that is a problem.

    And this is where I am coming around to the idea of West Virginia winning the College Cup. Their defense is scary good. They have Buchanan, Mayi Kith who form the backbone of that defense. And because both are so dominant back there, Rylee Foster rarely gets tested much. Foster who looks potentially a star keeper because she has qualities that are needed in the modern game for women's football. She has mobility, ball handling, quickness and she has shown some athleticism. And for a first year player that really bodes well for her development. Add into all this is that West Virginia possess the ball so much. They tend to dominate ball possession 70-80% of the time from what I have seen. It will take a good team to match them possession wise or use strategies like bunker counter attacking to beat them.
     
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    Watched this match when they replayed it a few hours later since I missed it earlier. UCLA were playing against the Arizona Wildcats a bottom team in the Pac12 conference. 1-4 so far in their conference schedule. They would beat Arizona 2-1 in overtime, probably not something that Amanda Cromwell is going to be pleased about but the Arizona keeper played a very good game against UCLA.

    Jessie Fleming helped assist on the first goal in the 7 minute mark that Annika Rodriguez scored on. Her second assist of the season. After that Fleming mostly when she got touches was trying to be the linking midfielder, trying to flick the ball to her team mates and holding the ball up so her offense can set up around the Arizona box. UCLA had about 70% of the possession in the first half and maybe 60 in the second. UCLA dominated Arizona but were outshot 11 to 8. But that isn't the whole story, Arizona had like 2 shots on goal while all 8 shots from UCLA were on frame and forced the Wildcat keeper to make some good saves. Arizona were a very direct team, trying to lob balls forward or long ball it and then high press the ball carrier when they recovered the ball. Arizona were able to tie the game up with this tactic in the second half after the 60 minute mark with a moon ball shot on goal that Tegan Micah couldn't tip over the cross bar.

    Jessie Fleming for her part decided to take a more active role in the match after the tying goal. She was still there using her vision to move the ball around. In the 21st minute for instance she launched a run down the right touch line or bottom from where the camera was looking and she did several step overs to shake her mark off and then sped to the corner with the ball, Fleming then deked the same mark and got around her and then held the ball up waiting for help to arrive and passed it off to player. That is the stuff I love watching from Fleming.

    In the second half when Arizona tied it, Fleming started carrying the ball more, trying to dribble through players. She got a very good shot off point blank against the Arizona keeper in the box when UCLA countered a minute after Arizona scored and minutes after that, Fleming would pick the ball up in the center circle, charge forward pass the ball to a forward to passed back to Fleming and then Fleming dribbled through 2 defenders forcing one of them to drag her down right at the box. Fleming wanted a penalty kick but the referee deemed it right outside the box. And the color commentator said this.

    "That's the danger of trying to defend a player like Fleming, she is so good on the ball, keeps it close its like its attached on a string. Your trying to get in there and poke it away but instead she ends up fouling her."

    UCLA gave the free kick to Annika Rodriguez and she kicked it right into the 7 man wall. I really want coach Amanda Cromwell to allow Jessie Fleming to take those kicks since she can take them and get them over the wall with her shooting ability.
    In the 83rd minute, Fleming would get a pass and would run down the flank (Her speed is really impressive, she looks so effortless out there) and move the ball inside the box, she would deke her defender and then pass to an open player who gets a good shot off but is saved. Color commentator said this.
    "Hernadez with a nice right footed strike but once again its Fleming doing a lot of the work to create that opportunity. She draws 2 or 3 defenders as she is dishing it off hits the turf and Hernadez with the nice strike."

    Jessie Fleming's vision and her ability to create is beautiful to watch, its easy to pass to an open player but with Fleming she gets those passes to players when she has defenders draped all over her.

    The commentator is in full admiration of Fleming continued to say this.

    "I think right there that shot we just saw of Jessie Fleming the first time I've seen her walk all game. She's constantly jogging and she barely ever walks, constantly in movement, picks her moments to run at pace. What did coach Cromwell tell us in the last match? The Cal match or the Stanford Match. Her monitor read 9 miles when she was done that game. All these players wear these GPS heart rate monitors that track their fitness and work rate."
    Both commentators were talking about this and an average player would run 7 miles. They were amazed at Fleming's fitness.

    UCLA would link 8, 9 passes to try to move the ball forward while Arizona whenever their goal keeper would get the ball, she would never pass the ball off to her back line. She would drop kick and punt the ball down the pitch trying to start a counter which tells you how direct Arizona was playing. UCLA did send a few long balls from their back line which invariable would lead to Arizona getting possession but they kept that to a minimum at least.
    The golden goal happened right at the start of the second overtime period but on the replay they skipped the first one. I had to rewind the feed just to make sure I wasn't imagining it but they obviously wanted to shrink the game for a replay. Hailie Mace who is a center back for UCLA is the only center back that is allowed to dribble forward. She dribbled through 2 Arizona players and got into the box and then sent a pass in that Dunphy who redirected the ball into the net for the game winner.
    My take on Jessie Fleming is that when that early goal was scored for UCLA, Fleming wanted to be more of a linking midfielder that she plays on Canada. Keep the ball, try to get her forwards and her team mates involved into the play. When Arizona tied it up in the 60 minute. That totally changed and Fleming took on more of a carry role. She wanted the ball more and she was much more willing to dribble at defenders and force them to tackle her down which happened several times. One that nearly set up a penalty kick. I think Fleming knows she is the best player on the pitch and when its needed she will try to make things happen for her team. Really interesting to see the development of Jessie Fleming at this level and how much of a leadership role she is taking on.
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    Wondering if any of you are watching West Virginia? Their feeds are free so no subscription required. They have of course Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Buchanan but they also have 3 or 4 other Canadian internationals on their squad. West Virginia are the number 2 ranked team in the country. They play a very attractive ball possession game and pass the ball and dominate possession. In all their games, they outshoot the opposing team. They lost one match this year to Georgetown in double overtime which I watched and if the Mountaineers had better finishing, they would of won that match in full time instead of being pushed into overtime where a great goal ended it for Georgetown because they clearly dominated that game as well.

    West Virginia unlike many of the top schools do not attract the best prep athletes in the nation. Programs like North Carolina, Stanford, Duke, Penn State and UCLA tend to be places where the top prep athletes head to. So West Virginia have to try something different. They focus on recruiting the top Canadian players and bring them to their school. And unlike the top schools, these Canadian internationals are focused on getting playing time, not trying to play for a top program because they are aiming to get noticed by their national teams. Playing time is key for them so if a school can attract the top Canadian internationals and have success, then it breeds more success when other Canadians notice this and pick them to play for.

    Kadeisha Buchanan (4th year)
    Ashley Lawrence (4th year)
    Amandie Pierre Louis (3rd year)
    Carla Portillo (3rd year)
    Bianca St.George (2nd year)
    Easther Mayi Kith (2nd year)
    Rylee Foster (1st year)

    So you can see they have a large Canadian squad already on the roster. And this U17 World Cup, who knows, we may see more heading over. Canadians tend to commit to colleges that have other Canadian stand outs and West Virginia isn't a bad place to be for them.

    To illustrate how dominate West Virginia is. They are currently playing conference schedule matches and today they played against Kansas University and completely dominated them for possession. Probably 80% of the ball possession was on their side. They only scored one goal but they get a ton of shots on the opposing team. The Mountaineer back line is nearly all Canadian. They have Buchanan and Mayi Kith as the center back duo who both act like liberos. They are free to attack up the field when they feel they can and both did in this match because Kansas gave them tons of room to move forward. I compare Mayi Kith to a mini Buchanan because she acts like Buchanan back there. She doesn't have that intimidating presence that Buchanan has where she will get physical with the forward if they step into her space but Mayi Kith is very mobile and fast. She can play the ball with either feet and is a great ball handler. The outside backs are Pierre Louis who is a converted forward and Carly Black. Bianca St George gets subbed in the outside back role for minutes though she isn't a starter. Ashley Lawrence in the beginning when she returned from the Olympics played as an outside back like she did at the Olympics but with the loaded back line they have, Lawrence was moved to the midfield with Carla Portillo.

    West Virginia play in a 4-3-3 and watching Lawrence play, she is very much like Jessie Fleming. Making step overs, flicking balls and constantly dribbling at the defenders. She forces defenders to hug or send 2 players to mark her and while Fleming may have some trouble with the more physical play in the college system. Lawrence is very much at ease when under physical duress by another player going into her space. She easily sheds players off her and moves the ball forward. I can see Fleming becoming like this when she works more on physical training that she can handle 1 or 2 players pressing her hard like Lawrence can. Lawrence is very dynamic on the field and you can see the offense constantly moving forward with her in the midfield.

    I've had a lot of arguments about Buchanan and Lawrence being elite because when I look at college players, I look at them not by nation, but by the work they have done. And when people argue with me that they are not elite and then I find that both amusing and shocking because they have not watched them play at the college level where they crush their opponents and at the Olympics. They only look at their mistakes.

    With Buchanan, they say she is too aggressive and physical and I go that is good in a center back. In fact when Buchanan gets physical with a target forward, she shuts them down because she can intimidate them. If the Boston Breakers were to draft Buchanan first over all, they would reduce the goals allowed since they allowed over 40 goals this year in a 20 game season. They need help and Buchanan would be a great answer.

    And for Ashley Lawrence. I keep pointing to the Brazil game and point how she single handily destroyed the entire team with her speed and ability to flank them on the wings. Yet people say Brazil is old, so was the USA team who were the oldest team in the Olympics. There were some very biased views on these two Canadian players. And what makes Lawrence even more special is that she is left footed. Its already hard to find left footed backs and many times you have to convert forwards to play those spots. Its even harder to find gifted technical left footed backs like Lawrence. She is so special that she can play either wing and not lose any effectiveness because she can use either feet. And West Virginia knows this because they use Lawrence on corner kicks and spot kick duties. On either side she will use either her right or left foot to loop kicks in. That isn't normal, you need a player that is comfortable with either feet to do that.

    For Lawrence I have her tabbed going to the Seattle Reign because they desperately need a left footed outside back and Lawrence checks every box. Speed, technical and can play the possession style that Seattle plays.

    Oh I should talk about Rylee Foster. I first noticed her when she played against the Americans and had that crazy game where the USA team were in the Canadian half for most of the game. They were shelling Foster all game long and Foster was making some ridiculous saves. Parries, kick saves. So I was a bit curious to see how she would develop. Keepers really need time to develop but you can see their potential if you get a few matches in. With Foster, she doesn't get tested that much since her team is so damn good in front of her with Buchanan and Mayi Kith holding the center, they take out most threats that try to get shots on goal. But what you do notice is that she is big and potentially could be athletic. She has some good quickness and footwork as well. She isn't afraid to come outside the box to play balls passed to her and today against Kansas, she only had to make 2 saves but the second one required her to react quickly to make the save to preserve the shut out and she looked good doing it.

    The question is whether Rylee Foster will be going to the U20 World Cup this year because if she is, then West Virginia will lose their top keeper since Foster plays most of the matches.
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    Wondering if any of you are watching West Virginia? Their feeds are free so no subscription required. They have of course Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Buchanan but they also have 3 or 4 other Canadian internationals on their squad. West Virginia are the number 2 ranked team in the country. They play a very attractive ball possession game and pass the ball and dominate possession. In all their games, they outshoot the opposing team. They lost one match this year to Georgetown in double overtime which I watched and if the Mountaineers had better finishing, they would of won that match in full time instead of being pushed into overtime where a great goal ended it for Georgetown because they clearly dominated that game as well.

    West Virginia unlike many of the top schools do not attract the best prep athletes in the nation. Programs like North Carolina, Stanford, Duke, Penn State and UCLA tend to be places where the top prep athletes head to. So West Virginia have to try something different. They focus on recruiting the top Canadian players and bring them to their school. And unlike the top schools, these Canadian internationals are focused on getting playing time, not trying to play for a top program because they are aiming to get noticed by their national teams. Playing time is key for them so if a school can attract the top Canadian internationals and have success, then it breeds more success when other Canadians notice this and pick them to play for.

    Kadeisha Buchanan (4th year)
    Ashley Lawrence (4th year)
    Amandie Pierre Louis (3rd year)
    Carla Portillo (3rd year)
    Bianca St.George (2nd year)
    Easther Mayi Kith (2nd year)
    Rylee Foster (1st year)

    So you can see they have a large Canadian squad already on the roster. And this U17 World Cup, who knows, we may see more heading over. Canadians tend to commit to colleges that have other Canadian stand outs and West Virginia isn't a bad place to be for them.

    To illustrate how dominate West Virginia is. They are currently playing conference schedule matches and today they played against Kansas University and completely dominated them for possession. Probably 80% of the ball possession was on their side. They only scored one goal but they get a ton of shots on the opposing team. The Mountaineer back line is nearly all Canadian. They have Buchanan and Mayi Kith as the center back duo who both act like liberos. They are free to attack up the field when they feel they can and both did in this match because Kansas gave them tons of room to move forward. I compare Mayi Kith to a mini Buchanan because she acts like Buchanan back there. She doesn't have that intimidating presence that Buchanan has where she will get physical with the forward if they step into her space but Mayi Kith is very mobile and fast. She can play the ball with either feet and is a great ball handler. The outside backs are Pierre Louis who is a converted forward and Carly Black. Bianca St George gets subbed in the outside back role for minutes though she isn't a starter. Ashley Lawrence in the beginning when she returned from the Olympics played as an outside back like she did at the Olympics but with the loaded back line they have, Lawrence was moved to the midfield with Carla Portillo.

    West Virginia play in a 4-3-3 and watching Lawrence play, she is very much like Jessie Fleming. Making step overs, flicking balls and constantly dribbling at the defenders. She forces defenders to hug or send 2 players to mark her and while Fleming may have some trouble with the more physical play in the college system. Lawrence is very much at ease when under physical duress by another player going into her space. She easily sheds players off her and moves the ball forward. I can see Fleming becoming like this when she works more on physical training that she can handle 1 or 2 players pressing her hard like Lawrence can. Lawrence is very dynamic on the field and you can see the offense constantly moving forward with her in the midfield.

    I've had a lot of arguments about Buchanan and Lawrence being elite because when I look at college players, I look at them not by nation, but by the work they have done. And when people argue with me that they are not elite and then I find that both amusing and shocking because they have not watched them play at the college level where they crush their opponents and at the Olympics. They only look at their mistakes.

    With Buchanan, they say she is too aggressive and physical and I go that is good in a center back. In fact when Buchanan gets physical with a target forward, she shuts them down because she can intimidate them. If the Boston Breakers were to draft Buchanan first over all, they would reduce the goals allowed since they allowed over 40 goals this year in a 20 game season. They need help and Buchanan would be a great answer.

    And for Ashley Lawrence. I keep pointing to the Brazil game and point how she single handily destroyed the entire team with her speed and ability to flank them on the wings. Yet people say Brazil is old, so was the USA team who were the oldest team in the Olympics. There were some very biased views on these two Canadian players. And what makes Lawrence even more special is that she is left footed. Its already hard to find left footed backs and many times you have to convert forwards to play those spots. Its even harder to find gifted technical left footed backs like Lawrence. She is so special that she can play either wing and not lose any effectiveness because she can use either feet. And West Virginia knows this because they use Lawrence on corner kicks and spot kick duties. On either side she will use either her right or left foot to loop kicks in. That isn't normal, you need a player that is comfortable with either feet to do that.

    For Lawrence I have her tabbed going to the Seattle Reign because they desperately need a left footed outside back and Lawrence checks every box. Speed, technical and can play the possession style that Seattle plays.

    Oh I should talk about Rylee Foster. I first noticed her when she played against the Americans and had that crazy game where the USA team were in the Canadian half for most of the game. They were shelling Foster all game long and Foster was making some ridiculous saves. Parries, kick saves. So I was a bit curious to see how she would develop. Keepers really need time to develop but you can see their potential if you get a few matches in. With Foster, she doesn't get tested that much since her team is so damn good in front of her with Buchanan and Mayi Kith holding the center, they take out most threats that try to get shots on goal. But what you do notice is that she is big and potentially could be athletic. She has some good quickness and footwork as well. She isn't afraid to come outside the box to play balls passed to her and today against Kansas, she only had to make 2 saves but the second one required her to react quickly to make the save to preserve the shut out and she looked good doing it.

    The question is whether Rylee Foster will be going to the U20 World Cup this year because if she is, then West Virginia will lose their top keeper since Foster plays most of the matches.
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    UCLA tied California today 1-1. Cal almost won it until the 89th minute when Proctor for UCLA would score in the last minute forcing overtime. Jessie Fleming was of course the best player on the pitch. She had 2 great shots on goal during regulation time, one point blank shot and another where she deked a Cal player right outside the box and got a great shot off forcing a finger tip save by the Cal Keeper Emily Boyd. And yeah Boyd had a great game. Fleming also had the best chance in overtime. She was point blank about 6 yards out from the goal line near post in a crowded box and Boyd again stood her ground and parried the shot off and the rebound was cleared.

    There was another point in the first half I think where Fleming and another Canadian player Emma Fletcher were faced off against each other. Fleming with the ball and Fletcher was man marking her and Fleming flicked the ball and turned 180 degrees shedding Fletcher from her and freeing herself from her mark. That got some oh's and ahh's from the crowd.
    Its disappointing that Fleming couldn't earn a point despite all her efforts but she was trying to carry her team. You could see it. UCLA had a very hard time keeping possession against Cal. They dominated ball possession in the first half and continued to control quite a bit of it in the second half. Part of those problems is the ball handling by the UCLA players. They took a lot of hard touches forcing them to take more touches to get the ball back and frequently they couldn't keep possession. When they did, they would create some opportunities but it was frustrating to watch at times. Fleming on the other hand, is such a joy to watch play with the ball when she does get it. She has the ball at her feet, she rarely misplays the ball and she has sweet touches on the ball that allows her to dribble. In fact when she has the ball and dribbles, she forces the other team to swarm her with players or hug her. Frequently she has a player draped on her back as she is holding onto the ball.

    Fleming only subbed out once late in the first half. She played the entire second half and both overtimes. So her minutes were sizable today. Probably 43, 45, 10, 10 which equates to something like 108 minutes today for her.
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    UCLA tied California today 1-1. Cal almost won it until the 89th minute when Proctor for UCLA would score in the last minute forcing overtime. Jessie Fleming was of course the best player on the pitch. She had 2 great shots on goal during regulation time, one point blank shot and another where she deked a Cal player right outside the box and got a great shot off forcing a finger tip save by the Cal Keeper Emily Boyd. And yeah Boyd had a great game. Fleming also had the best chance in overtime. She was point blank about 6 yards out from the goal line near post in a crowded box and Boyd again stood her ground and parried the shot off and the rebound was cleared.

    There was another point in the first half I think where Fleming and another Canadian player Emma Fletcher were faced off against each other. Fleming with the ball and Fletcher was man marking her and Fleming flicked the ball and turned 180 degrees shedding Fletcher from her and freeing herself from her mark. That got some oh's and ahh's from the crowd.
    Its disappointing that Fleming couldn't earn a point despite all her efforts but she was trying to carry her team. You could see it. UCLA had a very hard time keeping possession against Cal. They dominated ball possession in the first half and continued to control quite a bit of it in the second half. Part of those problems is the ball handling by the UCLA players. They took a lot of hard touches forcing them to take more touches to get the ball back and frequently they couldn't keep possession. When they did, they would create some opportunities but it was frustrating to watch at times. Fleming on the other hand, is such a joy to watch play with the ball when she does get it. She has the ball at her feet, she rarely misplays the ball and she has sweet touches on the ball that allows her to dribble. In fact when she has the ball and dribbles, she forces the other team to swarm her with players or hug her. Frequently she has a player draped on her back as she is holding onto the ball.

    Fleming only subbed out once late in the first half. She played the entire second half and both overtimes. So her minutes were sizable today. Probably 43, 45, 10, 10 which equates to something like 108 minutes today for her.
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    UCLA tied California today 1-1. Cal almost won it until the 89th minute when Proctor for UCLA would score in the last minute forcing overtime. Jessie Fleming was of course the best player on the pitch. She had 2 great shots on goal during regulation time, one point blank shot and another where she deked a Cal player right outside the box and got a great shot off forcing a finger tip save by the Cal Keeper Emily Boyd. And yeah Boyd had a great game. Fleming also had the best chance in overtime. She was point blank about 6 yards out from the goal line near post in a crowded box and Boyd again stood her ground and parried the shot off and the rebound was cleared.

    There was another point in the first half I think where Fleming and another Canadian player Emma Fletcher were faced off against each other. Fleming with the ball and Fletcher was man marking her and Fleming flicked the ball and turned 180 degrees shedding Fletcher from her and freeing herself from her mark. That got some oh's and ahh's from the crowd.
    Its disappointing that Fleming couldn't earn a point despite all her efforts but she was trying to carry her team. You could see it. UCLA had a very hard time keeping possession against Cal. They dominated ball possession in the first half and continued to control quite a bit of it in the second half. Part of those problems is the ball handling by the UCLA players. They took a lot of hard touches forcing them to take more touches to get the ball back and frequently they couldn't keep possession. When they did, they would create some opportunities but it was frustrating to watch at times. Fleming on the other hand, is such a joy to watch play with the ball when she does get it. She has the ball at her feet, she rarely misplays the ball and she has sweet touches on the ball that allows her to dribble. In fact when she has the ball and dribbles, she forces the other team to swarm her with players or hug her. Frequently she has a player draped on her back as she is holding onto the ball.

    Fleming only subbed out once late in the first half. She played the entire second half and both overtimes. So her minutes were sizable today. Probably 43, 45, 10, 10 which equates to something like 108 minutes today for her.
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    I'm not sure if I should get into this but I should tell you that in my humble opinion Kailen Sheridan is the best goal keeper in college right now. There of course will be others that are going to disagree with me and say Jane Campbell who plays for Stanford is the best, but she does not have Sheridan's athleticism or her quickness.

    Sheridan has athleticism, speed to cover the box, quick feet, so she can play with the ball outside the box and superior leg strength. She can kick 60 yard kicks which is really impressive to see. She also has amazing quick reflexes, she can make stops that other keepers cannot and make kick saves which requires quick reflexes.
    I'm sure most of you know which school she plays for, The Clemson Tigers in South Carolina. But do you know what conference Clemson is located in? Its in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) The premier soccer conference in women's football. North Carolina winner of 22 championships, Florida State (won in 2014), Notre Dame (3 Championships), Virginia, Virginia Tech, Duke, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Boston College.

    Clemson along with NC State have been the doormat for the ACC. They get thumped on by every other team in the conference, that is until Kailen Sheridan showed up. Her freshman year was a stand out year for her. She got shelled constantly but she already looked like one of the better keepers of the nation. Her second year, her sophomore year, she got her team into the ACC playoffs and also into the NCAA tournament in 2014. The first time since 2007. They have made it into the NCAA tournament now 2 years running. Clemson uses defense to win games. And much of that can be attributed to Kailen Sheridan. Even their offense goes through her frequently because if they can't get the ball to the midfield, the backs will pass to Sheridan and Sheridan will walk the ball outside the box and kick it down the field causing an immediate counter for her side.
    To me, she is a starting caliber keeper for any team. Its whether teams will take a risk with her being a rookie to give her that job. I think Canada could help her a lot by allocating her immediately to a team so they would use her since she wouldn't eat into the salary cap. But Canada doesn't normally do that. They usually wait for a team to draft their player and then allocate her as a reward for taking a chance on their players.

    Here are some videos on Kailen Sheridan. There are some Clemson fans that have broken down Sheridan's game into saves, box control, kicks and foot work. Its pretty impressive to see how much her team relies on her for the defense and offense. (Odd couldn't embed any videos but here are the links.)
    2013 Freshman year. Already has the booming kick but you can see she has an all round game.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Y7hN1bXMK0
    2014 Sophomore year. She looks much more athletic here adding more muscle mass. She has complete control of her box. Great foot work as well.
     
    2015 Junior year. Some impressive reflex saves on hard shots.
     
    This is a training video from this year. She makes about 6 kick saves in this video, agility work. Rebound work and shot blocking.
     
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    Here is something I did not know. Jessie Fleming before this game only played 5 matches. Arizona State was her 6th match so she has scored 7 goals in 6 matches. Thought Fleming had more matches played then this but it makes sense since she didn't suit up the previous matches. Maybe she took a knock and sat for that time.

    Here is an article that brought this all up.
    http://pac-12.com/article/2016/09/21/thursdaygoals-pac-12-womens-soccer-preview-arizona-state-no-11-ucla
    Jessie Fleming, freshman - midfielder: Although she's only played in five of UCLA's eight matches to date, Fleming's performance on the pitch has been prolific. The Canadian freshman has netted five goals in that span and recorded an assist, averaging a staggering 2.20 points per game. Fleming's foot skills and ease are impressive to watch and surely equally frustrating to defend her.
    She'll need a few more games under her belt to hit the minimums on the NCAA stat sheet, but safe to say she's worthy of Pac-12 Freshman of the Year considerations.
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    Forgedias got a reaction from Lofty in Jessie Fleming   
    Just to update you on Jessie Fleming. She scored another goal in overtime. Beautiful header from a corner kick. She out jumped the defender for the ball which was impressive since she was like 6 feet up. Impressive hops on Fleming.

    She also got the first shot in the game for UCLA which came in the 81st minute and had another shot that could of been called a hand ball. But the referee probably didn't see it since it was right in front of Fleming. The UCLA cast actually slowed that frame down and the shot looked to deflect off the left arm of the Penn State defender. Part of the reason why it took so long for UCLA to get their first shot on goal is the amount of long balls they were doing. Fleming was constantly tracking back and opening herself up for a pass but the defense would try to long ball forward to one of their forwards. Penn State always kept their shape and didn't allow runners to beat them. Hopefully they will use Fleming more to build from the midfield. She played as a box to box midfielder. Tracking back and attacking.

    I don't think UCLA is used to having a midfielder that can hold the ball up and has her vision because several times Fleming would pass into open space waiting for a team mate to run onto the ball but the team mate would not make the run and a turn over would be the result. So once they figure out what Fleming wants I think they will start making the runs for her.

    You really can see Fleming thinking on the field. Really good to see a young player like this show so much football maturity and intelligence.
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