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  1. Jessie Fleming

    Here is the game on Youtube. If anyone wants to watch.
  2. Jessie Fleming

    That post above was from the big soccer forum I posted there. On about Jessie Fleming. She was very frustrated about the lack of combining from her team. She was calling for the ball constantly and not getting the ball. UCLA seemed to have forgotten what worked in the Duke game and Fleming was ignored quite a lot of the time. A lot of the blame is this feed the ball to Hailie Mace which I pointed out already why I don't see that working and Villacorta not combining with Fleming much. Later in the game Claire Winter would sub in for Villacorta but by then the UCLA team were very tired from running after Stanford all game long. I really do hope Amanda Cromwell learns from this match and sees what she needs to teach in her forwards. Too many of them are looking to direct and dribble at their defender. It didn't work, good defenders will stop those attacks and force turn overs and UCLA struggled to build up in this game.
  3. Jessie Fleming

    Stanford wins the final 3-2 over UCLA. Goals by Jessie Fleming from the PK and Delanie Sheehan off a corner kick. Stanford would have Kyra Carusa, Andi Sullivan and Jaye Boissiere Whether UCLA were still feeling from the effects of Friday's game, UCLA looked slower on the pitch. Doesn't make any excuses for the mistakes that were made on the pitch and Stanford also played on Friday. But they looked much fresher then the Bruins. Stanford would probably have over 60 percent of the possession. UCLA had to do a lot of running after Stanford for balls. And so shots of course would be very telling with Stanford have the lion's share of the shots. 15-5 and 10 on frame to UCLA's 4. And by the first half, it looked like Stanford were going to steam roll UCLA. They just looked fresher and their combination play were much superior. They were constantly building between midfield to forwards with all the Stanford forwards being able to play with their back to goal. Something that UCLA doesn't do really because of Hailie Mace. This allowed Stanford a lot of time in the box of UCLA and the Cardinals showed clinical precision on how to break down defense by creating 1-2 combination plays to create open looks on goal. Something I hope UCLA takes note of in the future. The goals scored by Stanford in the first half, were either by a goal keeping mistake by Tegan Micah when she tried to come off her line to take a ball on the hop and missed timed the bouncing ball and the ball would go over her hands and allowed an open look on goal by Carusa. The second goal was another mistake by Kaiya McCullough who didn't mark Andi Sullivan's run and Sullivan was on a 1v1 against Micah and here again Micah could of stopped the ball since Sullivan only had the near post to shoot at and the shot went under Micah into goal which was stoppable sadly. The second half, it would be better for UCLA. UCLA created more attacks and Julia Hernadez would play a fair number of minutes in place of Ashley Sanchez who was relatively quiet this match. Zoey Goralski would create an opportunity when she would get a through ball and her run into the box, she would get taken down by the Stanford Keeper Alison Jahansouz and Jessie Fleming would take the spot kick and score for the goal. 2 minutes later, UCLA would get a corner kick and off the corner, Delanie Sheehan would head the ball in to tie it up. Sadly it wouldn't last as Stanford would create more pressure into the UCLA box and off a scramble, the ball would come out of the box onto Jaye Boissiere feet and she would fire a laser past Teagan Micah who had no chance on the save. Stanford would then play keep away and knock the ball around forcing UCLA to chase and they did look very tired out there running after the ball all game long. If we break down the issues for UCLA in this match. 1) Kaiya McCullough had a horrible game. Her slow speed got exposed badly in this game. The second goal was a direct result of her missed mark on Andi Sullivan. But the build up to that goal was sublime on the Cardinals part because they do what the UCLA can't do. Play with their back to goal. The forward had Rodriguez on their back and she knocked the ball back to a Macario and Macario then sent a through ball past McCullough that sprung Sullivan for the 1v1 on Tegan Micah. Its how you break defenses down, without needing to go direct all the time. Combination plays and Stanford showed this again again this match. McCullough also struggled against Madison Haley She would get burnt by Haley several times in one instance, Haley with McCullough on her back, would turn on McCullough and then speed into the box and get a clean shot off on goal. McCullough was completely left behind and couldn't recover. McCullough likes to sit on the forward's back and mark them that way which is fine. But if they have speed, you have to give them some respect and even play off them if they can turn on you and McCullough just got destroyed out there. Plus McCullough also had a very obvious hand ball that wasn't called by the referee but it was balanced out by the no call on Julia Hernadez's take down in the Stanford box. 2) Tegan Micah. I would blame her for the first two goals. She made a horrible gaffe on the first goal, misjudged the bounce and it bounced over her head and the net was wide open for the easy goal. The second goal. Sullivan only had the near post to shoot at since McCullough was slightly behind Sullivan and covering the center box. Micah had to go down and stop that shot but the shot got under Micah and past her for the goal. It should of been saved. Micah also does A LOT of shouting behind her back line. But sometimes when you shout that much. Your back line stops listening to you. If the ball is in the area, Micah was shouting "Get it out" over and over. Your back line knows this, you don't need to tell them that, what you do need to tell them is to mark players and tell them if there is a forward on their blind side. Stuff that Micah isn't doing. 3) The lack of balls to Jessie Fleming. Fleming had very little of the ball. And I blame a lot of this on two issues. One is the team's need to get the ball to Hailie Mace and let her run direct on the ball. Over and over the ball was getting sent to Mace either from up top or through balls. So Fleming was getting by passed by the midfield or the back line were launching long balls. Sometimes I think Fleming needs to be very assertive and say, give me the damn ball, instead of this hopeful balls up top to Mace. And Viviana Villacorta didn't help this situation either. Since as a holding mid, its fine that she will sometimes go on the attack. But she was doing this too often and ignore the build up. Ignoring Fleming and not getting the ball to Fleming. Its like they forgot what won them the game against Duke with all the possession and decided to take matters into their own hands. The midfield was a mess for UCLA and too many individual efforts by the players. Trying to dribble at players to beat them and not looking to pass or wait for support when they did have the ball. Too often you would see Annika Rodriguez trying to dribble at a defender alone without waiting for over lapping players and then would lose the ball. 4) Haile Mace. The Mace effect for UCLA. She has dramatically changed how UCLA played from last year. There when you had Darian Jenkins, you had the team trying to combine and use 1-2 combination plays. Its rare to see that this year because of how Mace plays. She can't play with her back to goal and she can't dribble at defenders because she has poor footwork. So for Mace to really succeed, she has to use her blistering speed to beat defenders and she can do this often. But against good defensive clubs, she gets shut down and then for UCLA, its like there is no answer to figure out another solution since UCLA can't play with their back to goal. Rodriguez, Sanchez all prefer to dribble at the defender and try to beat them direct. Today, what did you see Stanford do? They rarely tried to do that but instead combined and worked to break down the defense as a team and that is what separated Stanford and UCLA today. Quality of chances and looks on goal were far superior from Stanford. This is how you break defenses down by combining and playing with your back to goal. Its why I think UCLA should actually look at playing Fleming up top in a 4-2-3-1 formation because she will hold up, and use her soccer brain to develop the play in front of her. You need a player like that as your center striker. And UCLA doesn't have that player. They just don't. Credit to Stanford, they looked like the superior side today. UCLA did make it close and maybe if those mistakes by Micah and McCullough didn't happen, this could of been a different game for UCLA. But Stanford looked the better possession team and the better attacking team. They deserved this win.
  4. Jessie Fleming

    So the NCAA championship game will happen this Sunday on December 3 at 9 am pacific time. So its early.. Use the link that TC-in_BC gave in the link above this thread. Here is the synopsis of the game via the UCLA women's site. http://www.uclabruins.com/news/2017/12/2/womens-soccer-ucla-faces-stanford-for-ncaa-championship.aspx?path=wsoc
  5. Jessie Fleming

    I have links for both the Princeton game where UCLA won 3-1 and Duke.
  6. Jessie Fleming

    So let me come straight out and be honest. I had Duke winning this match even though I am a HUGE fan of Jessie Fleming. I thought the experience and the upperclassmen would take the match from the young UCLA team. I was wrong. Happy to say that, but now its onto Stanford. UCLA started their now regular roster. Hailie Mace and Ashley Sanchez up top. Jessie Fleming, Annika Rodriguez, Olivia Athens and Viviana Villacorta in the midfield. Kaiya McCullough, Karina Rodriguez, Mackenzie Cerda and Zoey Goralski in the back. Through out much of the game, especially in the first half, UCLA controlled the ball and possessed it for long periods at the time. Linking 10 to 15 passes in a row as they built into the Duke side of the field. Duke in return were playing with 5 players in the back. Julie Foudy was getting more and more agitated seeing Taylor Racioppi play in the 5 back set because Racioppi would have to run 100 yards to join up in any counter. By the second half Racioppi was completely spent and couldn't do much to help Duke in the build up. Duke were keeping Kayla McCoy as the long high forward pinning the 2 defenders of UCLA back. But the rest of the team were playing very compact and were clogging up the middle against UCLA. The Bruins would try and try to penetrate the middle but as I pointed out in the past, they have problems with teams that clog the middle like Duke did today. They simply could break that down because Hailie Mace who would receive a lot of balls up top, could only go direct and not play with her back to goal. You need to create combination plays like 1-2 combos where the player with the ball would feed the forward up high and then the forward playing with her back to goal would force the defender to commit to mark her and then play a one touch pass to the player that sent the ball to her in the first place on the run. You create space and open up room to take shots or actually move into the box. These actions never materialized for UCLA and so they were stuck trying to go direct up the middle or try to beat the defenders on the wings and get crosses in. And Duke in return playing so many people back, waited for turn overs and tried to counter off them by launching long balls to McCoy with the help of Imani Dorsey, were able to get some looks on goal because UCLA would have only 2 defenders defending in the back. In fact Dorsey nearly had a break away but Kaiya McCullough barely was able to knock the ball out in the box. The second half Duke would create more chances as players became more tired, more turn overs from both sides would happen but in the end the game would go into overtime and Duke sat back for the most part. Whether its due to their team having to chase after UCLA all game long, they looked tired out. With no score in overtime, it went to penalty kicks and I think Duke were confident that they had the better keeper and I would say they did. EJ Proctor is a good keeper and her save on Cerda when Cerda fired her shot up the middle, nearly catching Proctor off guard. Proctor was able to lean back and get a hand and stop the shot. Teagan Micah for her part was able to make a very easy save on a poorly taken shot by Kat McDonald that would clinch it when Marley Canales would slot her PK goal in to win the penalty kick shoot out. Over all, UCLA looked dominant on possession but trying to break a team that wants to bunker is going to be questionable since Mace has problems playing with her back to goal. But against Stanford, UCLA won't need to worry about that, Stanford love to play with the ball and won't bunker in. It should be a very back and forth match for the National Championship.Players of the match. Kaiya McCullough. Even though I question her speed because she isn't a fast player. She for the most part kept McCoy in check and stopped the most dangerous chance by Dorsey on her near break away. Zoey Goralski had a great game as well, able to attack and rush back to defend. Jessie Fleming. Was marked by Rebecca Quinn all game long and Fleming won that battle. if UCLA had a forward that could hold up and play with their back to goal, I'm sure Fleming could of combined and set up a goal for UCLA. Fleming was constantly sitting outside the box moving the ball around. She had the ball quite a lot which is good to see. For me Fleming is a very special player. Her comfort on the ball really shows and the fact that she was still able to direct the attack against Duke effectively with Quinn constantly marking shows her technical ability and her drive to win. If I find the game on Youtube I will post it here asap.
  7. Jessie Fleming

    UCLA wins 3-1 vs Princeton on goals by Hailie Mace who had 2 of them and Olivia Athens.UCLA would start Hailie Mace and Ashley Sanchez up top. Jessie Fleming, Annika Rodriguez, Olivia Athens and Viviana Villacorta as the holding mid in the midfield with Kaiya McCullough, Karina Rodriguez, Zoey Goralski and McKenzie Cerda in the back line.On the starting line up, I am glad to see Olivia Athens starting to get more starts as she has now been starting regularly in the midfield. Villacorta seems to have solidified herself as the holding midfielder. Is Claire Winter injured? I don't know but the senior midfielder tends to be the starter so Villacorta has started the past few games.So UCLA would host their final home game for the NCAA tournament. If UNC wasn't upset by Princeton one week ago, UCLA would of had to make a travel to North Carolina but with a home crowd and Princeton having to fly 3000 miles or so. This worked into UCLA's advantage in a big way.I would of thought Princeton would of bunkered in against UCLA. Playing 10 players in front of the ball to prevent any attacks up the middle. That didn't happen. Princeton were willing to open it up and try to attack. Which surprised me since most teams who struggle to keep possession against UCLA prefer to allow UCLA to try to break their defense and that tends to be low scoring games that UCLA tend to struggle to score in.Because of that, UCLA were on the front foot all game long and were constantly attacking the box. UCLA would score 2 goals fairly early on. With Hailie Mace scoring off a header and 2 minutes later Olivia Athens would score off a scramble in the box that Rodriguez would send a pass into. Mace would add another goal in the second period off a long ball that should would beat her defender to and go 1v1 against the Princeton keeper and beat her cleanly.UCLA would also have a spot kick right at the 18 yard line and Sanchez, Rodriguez and Fleming were at the spot kick. I really thought Fleming would the one to take the shot since she is very good at those long range shots but Sanchez took it and missed high. On the topic of Hailie Mace. She was very good, very dangerous off directed balls that she could run onto. She actually should of probably scored 2 more goals if we want to be honest. She had 2 other 1v1's the first one was in the first half where she forced the Princeton keeper Natalie Grossie to come off her line and all she had to do was chip her and instead she took a shot and missed wide. Those are actually painful to watch since she is a converted defender so learning how to make touch shots or putting spin on the ball isn't going to be Mace's strength. Her other opportunity was in the second half and another 1v1 where Grossi made a great save on her shot.Annika Rodriguez was very active all game long. She also had 4 1v1 looks on goal. 3 of them she took feeds from Jessie Fleming who either sent lofted passes, through balls or clever passes that could of gotten several assists for Fleming in this game. Grossi made several great saves off Rodriguez to prevent her from scoring.Grossi also made a parry save off Ashley Sanchez, Natalie Grossi despite allowing 3 goals this game. did play very good. She had 10 saves this game even with those goals with several great saves mixed in.I thought Jessie Fleming was spectacular which she normally is at this level but she at certain points would launch attacks into the box, dribble through 2 or 3 Princeton players and then create chances in the box. One time she got into the box and fed Mace the ball and Mace had just Grossi to beat and Grossi managed to scramble and stop the attempt. And through out the game Fleming was making dekes and turn arounds on players trying to mark her. And you could see 2 sometimes 3 Princeton players surrounding her trying to force her to play the ball away. Fleming did have some good chances to score. She hit the post from a 20 yard shot and then nearly had a golazo when she deked a defender and had a clear shot on goal and missed wide. But as I point out previously, Fleming doesn't attack the box like she did this game as much as I would want to see. In fact if you watch Fleming all game. She isn't fighting for corner kicks since we would see McCullough and Karina Rodriguez in the box looking for headers, the center backs for UCLA and where is Fleming? Outside the box defending the counter. She has scored 5 header goals last year, none this year. Its a weapon that UCLA are denying themselves but this is how Fleming plays. She isn't selfish and it irks me a lot.Still UCLA played beautiful football today. There is a worry on my end its Teagan Micah and if Grossi was making these 1v1 saves against Mace or Rodriguez and getting to the ground to stop the balls. That goal scored against Micah was in that same vein. Micah didn't make the stop and to me that is a stoppable ball. Probably the only thing you could question in this game since nearly everything played to how UCLA wanted it to play out. Maybe finish some of those 1v1's that Mace and Rodriguez had. But otherwise its a complete game by the team. UCLA now travel to Orlando to play in the college cup. They will face off against Duke which has Rebecca Quinn leading them. On the topic of Quinn. When Quinn was called into friendly duty, Duke was playing in the final against North Carolina in their conference championships. Duke absolutely struggled without Quinn and lost the game 1-0. They would also play their first round NCAA tournament game without Quinn and again struggled to score without Quinn barely squeaking out a 1-0 win against a much weaker team. But when Quinn returned, Duke would proceed to smash every team they met. Scoring 7-0 against Oklahoma State, 3-0 against Texas and 4-0 against Baylor. Quinn drives the midfield for Duke if it wasn't already apparent. The rest of the games should be televised by ESPN so there won't be any streams available for those games.
  8. Jessie Fleming

    Andi Sullivan was marking Fleming all game long in that game this year. It really says a lot about how talented Fleming is that Sullivan was tasked to do this.
  9. Jessie Fleming

    UCLA hosts Princeton tomorrow on the 25th. This game will put UCLA into the college cup and it will be the last game they will host. Happily there will still be a stream available for you guys since its not going to be on ESPN. Here is the synopsis from the UCLA website. http://www.uclabruins.com/news/2017/11/22/womens-soccer-ucla-hosts-princeton-in-ncaa-quarterfinals.aspx?path=wsoc Here is the link to the game. http://pac-12.com/live/ucla Edit, the game is on at 5:30 pm pacific since I forgot to put that up.
  10. Jessie Fleming

    I'll dig deeper into this question. Most programs would put their best player forward. So if its a forward, then that forward would be featured and used prominently. Because you can't afford not to since the coach needs to beat teams to show improvement and hopefully make it to selection in the NCAA tournament. So in essence not to play your best players in their best position would be shooting their own foot. About 7-8 years a go. There was one program that sucked all the top recruits into their program. And that women's program was the North Carolina Tarheels. In the past 40 or so years, they have won 22 national championships. In some years back to back and back. They were the dominant women's soccer program in the United States. So naturally the best players gravitated to that program wanting to win and be noticed by the national team for call ups. So North Carolina was the mecca for soccer in women's soccer for a long time. In the past few years, this has changed. Colleges like Stanford started recruiting the top talent in the United States. They could offer superior weather, life style and education. A Stanford degree went a long way for any students thinking past their college soccer days. And then there is how much support does the school provide to the student athlete. Rich schools could offer more. All of this matter. And then you could also boil it down to where is the strongest growth of women's soccer in the United States. And that answer is fairly easy. Its California. Its a major hot bed for women's soccer and some of the strongest teams in the nation for highschool soccer is played there. So over time, the demographics of women's soccer changed. More and more soccer players were coming from the west coast and for many of them, they want to stay in the west and you have good programs coming out from there. Stanford, Portland, USC and UCLA. All of these programs have won NCAA championships. Some with multiple ones like Portland and USC. The big programs right now in the west is Stanford, UCLA and USC. They attract the bulk of the top recruits. Last year UCLA had the top recruiting class, the class Jessie Fleming was in. This year it was Stanford and UCLA was closely behind them and UCLA bagged the number one recruit in the nation in Ashley Sanchez. Its not like North Carolina can't compete, but they are not picking up the top recruit every year like they used to. And so when you see a Stanford or a UCLA picking up top classes year and after year, then its only means that these programs will be more stronger and this year Stanford and UCLA are still in the NCAA tournament which is ongoing right now. North Carolina got knocked out last round. But lets focus on your question since you now understand a little how programs recruit. Because these programs are recruiting top recruits every year. They have to find minutes for them and positions they should play. If they were a small program, then Jessie Fleming would be playing like a forward. She would be constantly on the front foot trying to score for her team and carry them forward like she did last year when injuries slowed UCLA down. They lost their top forward in Darian Jenkins and Fleming in turn had to carry more of the load, so she attacked more. A lot more then this year. This year for UCLA, its completely different. They recruited a very strong class and add to their strong class from Fleming's year. They had a young but talent loaded team. For Coach Cromwell finding starting spots for players and rotations for subs had to be the big question. Fleming is a 90 minute player. She almost always plays the full 90 for UCLA which tells you how valuable she is to Coach Cromwell. But Cromwell also had loads of attacking talent and so Fleming is given a lot of leeway to decide what she wants to do. Does she play the box to box midfielder that she plays for Canada? Can UCLA afford to allow Fleming to do this? The answer is yes they can because they can ask their other players to step up on the attack and allow Fleming to dictate her roll on the field by either attacking if she is needed or play more defensive and act as a linking player which she does amazingly. Do I agree with every move by Cromwell? No I thought moving up Hailie Mace up to forward is a huge mistake. She is fast, a great direct player but she doesn't have any technique or dribbling skills. She has a horrible time trying to dribble through a defender or playing with her back to goal. So teams have been bunkering in on UCLA and clogging the middle. So you need a forward to play with her back to goal and one touch and combine with another player to break those bunkers. But Mace is just bad at it. And that flaw limits how UCLA can attack and turns it into a one dimensional attack. Its why I want to see Fleming move forward so she doesn't play the box to box midfielder anymore and stays in the attack. Some of the attacking formations I have suggested is a 4-3-3 where Fleming plays the 9 for her team and Mace and Sanchez play on the wings. Or a 4-2-3-1 formation with Fleming up top and Annika Rodriguez as a holding midfielder since whenever Rodriguez attacks, she likes to be aggressive and attack like a forward. Well this forces Fleming to sit deep and protect her back line for counters so you rarely ever see Fleming attack because of this. Rodrigues as a holding mid would prevent her from moving forward like this and allow Fleming to stay up top. But with the wealth of talent that UCLA has, they don't need to change how they play, they haven't been forced to change how they attack and sometimes I want to go back to last year and have that Fleming over this years Fleming. Fleming is still the key piece for UCLA and without her UCLA will not win a championship, but her role is so much more different then it was last year. This year, Fleming is more about the team and what the team needs her to be. The other players can be more selfish, but not Fleming who is your best player. Who can do dynamic plays on the field and that is frustrating to watch.
  11. Jessie Fleming

    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.
  12. Jessie Fleming

    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.
  13. Jessie Fleming

    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.
  14. Jessie Fleming

    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.
  15. Jessie Fleming

    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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