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This Friday Nov.3 UCLA will host USC. This is the annual derby for both schools. Last year UCLA were one of the few teams to beat USC in a 1-0 win. USC would go on to win the National Championship that year. Jessie Fleming didn't score but she was the best player on the pitch that day. She was dribbling and nutmeged multiple players on the USC side. 

Here is the synopsis through the UCLA website. 

http://www.uclabruins.com/news/2017/11/2/womens-soccer-ucla-hosts-usc-in-crosstown-showdown-friday.aspx?path=wsoc

The Pac12 network will have a feed up. Here is the link. Game starts at 7pm pacific time. 

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

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43 minutes ago, Forgedias said:

This Friday Nov.3 UCLA will host USC. This is the annual derby for both schools. Last year UCLA were one of the few teams to beat USC in a 1-0 win. USC would go on to win the National Championship that year. Jessie Fleming didn't score but she was the best player on the pitch that day. She was dribbling and nutmeged multiple players on the USC side. 

Here is the synopsis through the UCLA website. 

http://www.uclabruins.com/news/2017/11/2/womens-soccer-ucla-hosts-usc-in-crosstown-showdown-friday.aspx?path=wsoc

The Pac12 network will have a feed up. Here is the link. Game starts at 7pm pacific time. 

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

Just a note, Fleming is with Canada and won't be playing for UCLA this week or next week. 

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I don't think I need to go into a recap on the game with UCLA against USC. They did replay last years game just before this game started. And that game was in my opinion Jessie Fleming's best match last season even though she didn't score a goal. She was spectacular in the game. This game because Jessie Fleming was on call up duty with the Canadian national team. UCLA had to go with a different plan. They used Ashley Sanchez as the 10 position. Sanchez is an amazing technical player. Great at dribbling and in this game she was trying to do her dribble magic but teams have figured her out and always leave 2 defenders to mark her and deny her any freedom to penetrate forward. |

Annika Rodriguez would then replace Sanchez as the 10 midfielder in the second half and would have a good game. A goal and an assist. But the offense would struggle to generate good scoring chances on their own even though they scored 3 goals today. UCLA's defender Kaiya McCullough would go direct from her own back line and charge forward and get to the box and score. And Rodriguez would intercept a very bad forward pass from a defender and go 1v1 on goal and score. Other then that, the chances were very few for UCLA and in overtime, they scored on their best offense chance. 

There is a markedly difference when Fleming is leading the attack and when there is someone else. And if you watched this game, you would see the difference. The offense is always flowing with Fleming. Its just Fleming needs to be more selfish since players like Rodriguez like to free lance and go on the attack so much that Fleming tends to play safe and cover for them when they go forward but that means UCLA struggles to maintain any attack with Fleming not on the attack. Defensively UCLA is much sounder with Fleming on the pitch as well. So its a catch 22, but I would much rather see Fleming on the attack then playing the box to box midfielder that she is playing currently. UCLA is served better that way since they do struggle breaking down bunkers without fleming leading the attack. 

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It was interesting to watch UCLA play without Fleming.  They started off poorly, but got better at it as the game went on.  I think it says a lot about the team that they were able to adjust to such a major change and still be effective.  Fleming is an important part of the team, but she is surrounded by quality players that deserve to be given the chance to shine, as well.  I think that Fleming plays with that understanding, and I wonder if she learned that by watching Christine Sinclair.

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On 15/10/2017 at 5:57 AM, Forgedias said:

Here is an interview from the match with Jessie Fleming. What is interesting is she says she wants to shoot more and I am glad she is doing so. 
 

 

Suddenly remembered this Monty Python skit ("I hit the ball first time and there it was in the back of the net".):

 

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UCLA will be playing San Diego State university this Friday. Nov 10 for their first round opponent in the NCAA tournament. 

UCLA shouldn't have much problems dealing with them and by next week Jessie Fleming will return to play the next rounds with UCLA. 

The UCLA synopsis link is here. 

http://www.uclabruins.com/news/2017/11/9/womens-soccer-ucla-begins-postseason-play-friday-vs-sdsu.aspx?path=wsoc

Streaming link will be at the Pac12 site. http://pac-12.com/live/ucla-3

Here is the bracket for the NCAA tournament. http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/soccer-women/d1

UCLA would come in as a top 2 seed which is important. Anything lower and they could of gotten a team like Stanford or North Carolina in their quadrant. With UCLA being in their own quadrant they do have some tough teams. Virginia is a strong team and UCLA already beat them 2-1 earlier this year. Pepperdine is another team that drew 1-1 against UCLA and if that were to happen, penalty kick shoot outs are always a crap shoot. So should be another interesting year especially since UCLA could make a good run through the tournament this year. 

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The game was on but the stream was messed up. I actually clicked on the volleyball game and the soccer stream was on instead. So they had some issues on their end. Still it wasn't a Fleming game and UCLA won the game so the next 2 games if UCLA keeps winning will be home games since UCLA will host their section. Teams will come and visit UCLA and play their games at the UCLA campus for their regional games. Perks of being a high seed. 

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Sounds like Fleming is eyeing a career in Europe when she is done school. I hope that is the route she takes. 

http://equalizersoccer.com/2017/11/12/jessie-fleming-eyeing-europe-over-nwsl/

While Europe offers more of competitive and tactical playing style,  it’s just not for Fleming right now.

“I definitely agree in saying that it’s more competitive,” Fleming said. “It’s definitely something I want to do down the line. I guess for me right now, engineering is pretty important to me. I’m happy where I’m at. I feel like I’m still developing, progressing, and enjoying myself.”

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If Europe is on the back burner for the 19 year-old Fleming, what about the NWSL?

“Yeah, maybe, but I do like to travel,” Fleming said. “I like the idea of going to Europe and experiencing different cultures. I love the type of player that you find over in Europe, like the technicians and the French players. I have so much respect for all of them. I definitely think I want to give that a try.”

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Nezt game will be on Friday Nov 17. At 8 PM pacific time. UCLA will play against Northwestern. 

Link to synopsis. 

http://www.uclabruins.com/news/2017/11/16/womens-soccer-ucla-welcomes-northwestern-in-ncaa-second-round.aspx?path=wsoc

Link to stream:

http://pac-12.com/live/ucla

Hopefully the stream will be better this week since last week there were a lot of problems with it. 

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Forgedias, are you still alive?  It's not like you to not comment on a game for this long.

From my perspective, UCLA looked pretty good in the last game.  They were just lacking that finishing touch for most of the game (which is what undid WVU last year, so it's no laughing matter).  I had a feeling Rodriguez would score the winner, and sure enough it happened.  At the start of the season, I thought she was a bit too selfish and unaware of others, but since then she has become much more of a team player.  Ironically, it has lead to better scoring chances for herself.  UCLA is a much better team with Rodriguez playing the way she is now.  I hope that Sanchez learns the same lesson about when it's time to spearhead the attack yourself and when it's time to look for a teammate.  Fleming can be a good teacher in that regard.

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I was more frustrated with this game because of how stymied the Northwestern bunker worked against UCLA. Wasn't happy about the finishing and about how Fleming is used. Fleming had 5 header goals last year. She was very clutch in many situations. In the NCAA tournament against West Virginia. Where Buchanan and Lawrence were playing last year. She forced overtime and in the end PK's with a very late header goal off a corner kick. Fleming was an amazing scoring machine last year. This year that has been replaced as she now plays more of a box to box midfielder. Which I hate.

UCLA had 12 corner kicks this game. Fleming never made any attempt to attack those balls. She sat outside the box, defending any counters. Fleming can literally out leap any defender out there with her athletic ability. Yet UCLA isn't using that to their advantage. When you have your best player not attacking. Its frustrating to watch. So I was frustrated with the game.

So I didn't put any post up because I would be complaining about the use of Fleming. Because if Fleming was on the attack instead of covering for her midfield when they are on the attack. I don't see Northwestern stalling UCLA like they did for so long. But credit to Fleming. She isn't in this for the glory. She is an amazing team player. And stats don't matter to her. But I want to see more golazo's from Fleming. I want her on the attack, because the UCLA attack becomes very dynamic not so direct and more 1-2 combination plays which are great to see. Olivia Athens was the only one trying to create combination plays with Fleming that game. 

So now you know why I didn't post. Was going to be more complaining. 

So I should point out the next game will be this Sunday. on the 19th of November. 6 pm pacific time. Use the same link. They don't have a synopsis up at the UCLA website. But these will be quick matches since they are at the UCLA campus playing these matches. So this Sunday, UCLA hosts Virginia who they beat earlier this year 2-1. We'll see how it goes, I don't see the Cavaliers bunkering. They are a possession type team as well. so they will attack.  Lets hope UCLA keeps winning. 

 

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I understand.  They didn't play Claire Winter all game, and Fleming seems to play it safe when Winter's not behind her.  I wonder if they were saving Winter for Sunday because Northwestern wasn't expected to be much of an offensive challenge, so no need for a defensive specialist?  If Winter plays on Sunday, I think we'll see more offense from Fleming.

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UCLA wins 2-1 over the University of Virginia. Annika Rodriguez would again play hero with the last minute goal to win it in regulation. 

Goals also by Jessie Fleming on a penalty kick and for Virginia. The goal by Virginia was an considered an own goal but I am pretty sure it was off a header but I didn't see a replay of the goal so not so sure about this. 

UCLA had more of the run of play then the Cavaliers. The Bruins were on the front foot more, combined more with each other and had more of the pressure in the box then the Cavaliers. But the Cavaliers would be the first ones to strike first. I didn't see a replay, but it looked like it came off a Virginia player on a header and it went over Teagan Micah's hands into goal. If there saying it came off a Bruin player, then I am not sure who that is then. 

About a minute later, the Bruins would get a penalty spot kick when Ashley Sanchez was given a long ball to run onto and she would be a step ahead of her defender. Her defender dragged her down and the spot kick was awarded. I was praying that Fleming was going to get the spot kick because UCLA were 3-6 on penalty kicks this year. a 50% success rate is pretty bad and I wanted Fleming to take it and someone was listening because she did and got the goal out of it. 

Hailie Mace during that half, had several good looks on goal that if she could of finished better might of scored on one of them. When Mace gets played directly with through balls or balls over the top, she can attack it. She didn't look good combining with her team mates since her foot work would let her down. 

But here is where my issue with how UCLA plays. Fleming was nearly non existent in the first half on the attack. She was constantly covering for attacking players and playing deeper in her own half. Which I think everyone knows is frustrating as hell to me to watch. You want your best players to attack and be a little selfish. Fleming isn't selfish. But in the second half. Something must of clicked for Fleming. She started attacking more and making a lot of pushes into the Virginia box. Because the second half was different and Fleming was shooting and creating space for players around her. Something I was very happy to see. I don't need to see Fleming score, I want Fleming attacking to create for her team and the second half was much better. 

Where else Ashley Sanchez may be the better dribbler. what Fleming does is she out thinks her player in front of her and dekes and forces them to commit in directions and then reverses to create space for herself. She was constantly doing that today in the second half. She had the ball a lot more and that was good to see. 

Very late in the second half, like the 87th minute. Virginia would lose a defender to a red card. Picking up her second yellow of the day. She would trip up Annika Rodriguez and this created a lot of space for UCLA. Space that the Bruins would take advantage off soon after. Ashley Sanchez would force a turn over deep in the Virginia side and then send a through ball to Rodriguez would was wide open in the box and sent a shot that would beat the Virginia keeper for the goal and would end the game. 

Annika Rodriguez despite my problems with her had another good game for UCLA. My issues aside with her, she plays with her heart out. I just want to see Fleming on the attack more and Rodriguez tends to force Fleming to play safe and that is where my problems with Rodriguez lie. Do you want Rodriguez on the attack or Fleming? 

So UCLA now make it into the Elite 8. I don't know who they are playing next, I haven't looked yet. But they match last seasons run into the NCAA tournament and that should be congratulated. 

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On 11/18/2017 at 10:46 PM, Forgedias said:

I was more frustrated with this game because of how stymied the Northwestern bunker worked against UCLA. Wasn't happy about the finishing and about how Fleming is used. Fleming had 5 header goals last year. She was very clutch in many situations. In the NCAA tournament against West Virginia. Where Buchanan and Lawrence were playing last year. She forced overtime and in the end PK's with a very late header goal off a corner kick. Fleming was an amazing scoring machine last year. This year that has been replaced as she now plays more of a box to box midfielder. Which I hate.

UCLA had 12 corner kicks this game. Fleming never made any attempt to attack those balls. She sat outside the box, defending any counters. Fleming can literally out leap any defender out there with her athletic ability. Yet UCLA isn't using that to their advantage. When you have your best player not attacking. Its frustrating to watch. So I was frustrated with the game.

So I didn't put any post up because I would be complaining about the use of Fleming. Because if Fleming was on the attack instead of covering for her midfield when they are on the attack. I don't see Northwestern stalling UCLA like they did for so long. But credit to Fleming. She isn't in this for the glory. She is an amazing team player. And stats don't matter to her. But I want to see more golazo's from Fleming. I want her on the attack, because the UCLA attack becomes very dynamic not so direct and more 1-2 combination plays which are great to see. Olivia Athens was the only one trying to create combination plays with Fleming that game. 

So now you know why I didn't post. Was going to be more complaining. 

So I should point out the next game will be this Sunday. on the 19th of November. 6 pm pacific time. Use the same link. They don't have a synopsis up at the UCLA website. But these will be quick matches since they are at the UCLA campus playing these matches. So this Sunday, UCLA hosts Virginia who they beat earlier this year 2-1. We'll see how it goes, I don't see the Cavaliers bunkering. They are a possession type team as well. so they will attack.  Lets hope UCLA keeps winning. 

 

I haven't followed College Soccer before but I'm wondering is this normal for the coach to do? Is this part of a 4 year project to make Fleming a better all round soccer player? No idea, just wondering about the discrepancy between how you feel she should be played and how she is being played.

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