13 thoughts on that Jessie Fleming GIF and her inevitable domination of women's college soccer
There's absolutely no reason that we should be watching Jessie Fleming play college soccer. Enjoy the results anyway.
By Kevin McCauley

“There’s a good chance she’s the best player in the world in a few years. She’s already world class. She has no business playing against regular college kids.“ 😂😂

Fleming Repeats as Student-Athlete of Week

Women’s soccer phenom scored the game-winner in overtime against Penn State.

For the second consecutive week, freshman Jessie Fleming of the UCLA women’s soccer team was voted the UCLA/Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week.

Fleming scored the game-winning goal in the ninth minute of overtime to lead UCLA to a 1-0 victory over defending NCAA champion and 13th-ranked Penn State last Friday. The goal was her third in just two games since joining the Bruins after the Rio Olympics. Fleming leads the Pac-12 in points per game (3) and goals per game (1.5) and is tied for the team lead in goals scored with three.

This is Fleming’s second UCLA/Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week honor of the season and of her career.

The UCLA/Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week is chosen by fans on Twitter via @UCLAAthletics. This week, Fleming beat out men’s soccer player Jackson Yueill, who tied a school record with four assists in the Bruins’ 6-1 win over No. 1 Akron, and volleyball player Jordan Anderson, who was named to the all-tournament team after recording 39 kills in three wins as UCLA won the Wahine Volleyball Classic.


Please watch this. You won’t regret it.

Welp. The NCAA continues to remain the worst. Greedy assholes as usual. What a disappointment for these players. Especially for those CANWNT players who have new fans. I would have loved to have seen Buchanan in the game. Smh.

This isn’t about eligibility. It’s about the NCAA mad they can’t turn a profit somehow.

This is what made lip-syncing cool, right?
Inside Stanford athletics: O'Hara looked at other sports options
There was a time when current Stanford women's soccer star Kelley O'Hara thought about quitting soccer. She was about 12, and thought she might want to concentrate on basketball ... or was it swimming ... or softball ... or track ... or triathlons. No matter. Of all the sports O'Hara was involved in, soccer appeared on the way out.

Her club coach, Brian Moore, sat down with Kelley and her father, Dan O'Hara, and did his best to convince her otherwise.

“You have a unique instinct for soccer,” Moore said. “You have national team potential. I think you have this type of future if you continue to play soccer.”

Though her father remained quiet in the background, Kelley was convinced, and stuck with the game. She went on to earn selections to United States age-group national teams from under-17 on up, earning high school All-American honors along the way.

Years later, when Kelley got a call-up to a full national team camp in 2007, Moore received a call from Dan O'Hara.

“Remember when you said my daughter would make the national team?” Dan said. “I thought you were putting us on. I thought you were just saying that to keep her from playing basketball.”

According to her coach, Paul Ratcliffe, O'Hara should be the favorite to win the Hermann Trophy, college soccer’s equivalent of the Heisman. She is skilled, quick, fast, and a classic finisher with a knack for excelling under pressure.

But if there is a quality that sets O'Hara apart on the field, it’s that “instinct” that Moore saw in O'Hara as far back as age 11 on Atlanta-area teams.

“She had the natural attributes and fire that were unparalleled for her age,” Moore said. “She was not going to back down. She definitely had an edge to her.”

Call her competitive, driven, ambitious, aggressive, and relentless. O'Hara has the qualities that can’t be taught, but which separate the good from the great.

“I’ve always been competitive, since I was little,” O'Hara said. “Card games, board games, anything. I always want to win. That clearly carries over into soccer.”

“She loves winning,” Ratcliffe said, “and hates losing even more.”

Moore, who coached O'Hara most years from ages 11 to 19, said he had to banish her from a few practices, punishments for butting heads too vociferously with the coach. The trick, however, was harnessing that intensity for the good of the team; and herself.

Moore felt she made a breakthrough in that regard following a tough loss in the regional semifinals. When Moore tried to take responsibility during a post-game meeting with the players, O'Hara spoke up.

“We’re not going to let you take the blame for this loss,” she said. “This is ours.”

At Stanford, O'Hara has fit into a system that calls for high-pressure from the forwards. If the opponent gains possession, the forwards’ job is not over. Rather than regroup for the next attack, they attack the defenders, forcing bad passes and preventing the ball from getting into the Stanford end.

It’s a style that calls for speed, athleticism, and dogged determination, not to mention a good set of lungs. In short, it’s a challenge, one that O'Hara has embraced.

“If you love this game and you love to compete and you want to make yourself better every day, and you want to push yourself,” O'Hara said. “That should be something you’re willing to do. Expect the most from yourself.”

O'Hara undoubtedly has.

NWSL 2014 Draft

Current Draft Order
2.Chicago (from Sea.)
4.FCKC (from Bos.)
5.Sky Blue
7.Boston (from FCKC)

9.Seattle (from Was.)
10.FCKC (from Sea.)
11.Boston (from Chi.)
12.WNY (from Bos.)
13.Sky Blue

17.Seattle (from Was.)
18.Boston (from Sea.)
21.Sky Blue
23.Washington (from Sea.,FCKC)

27.Washington (from Sea.,Chi.)
29.Sky Blue

Turner Broadcasting Bought Rights To The Women’s Frozen Four...Then Refused To Broadcast It

And it’s not the first time it’s happened. 

What Turner Broadcasting did is called “content squatting,” when a broadcaster buys rights to a show or event, then doesn’t actually broadcast the event. 

This has happened before, last year, the Women’s Frozen Four also was only streamed on the NCAA website, despite Turner Sports’ multibillion dollar contract with the NCAA. The network did not even inquire about the possibility of broadcasting the Women’s Frozen Four last year or this year. 

Even the Governor of Minnesota got fed up with how the women’s game was being treated. 

Other women’s sports have also been subject to Turner Sports damaging lack of representation. The WNBA’s games are rarely broadcast even on NBATV. Unsurprisingly, Turner Sports owns the rights to the games. 

This systematic lack of coverage highlights the fact that women’s sports cannot grow and gain mainstream popularity unless they are given sufficient news coverage and TV coverage. 

Right now only 2% of all sports news coverage is dedicated to women’s sports, and a whopping 95.5% to men’s. It’s not for lack of sports, there are two women’s ice hockey leagues, the CWHL and NWHL, as well as other sports: the WNBA, the NWSL, NPF, NRL (not to mention all the collegiate sports) and many more leagues and sports that women participate in on a professional level.

Major sports networks need to put more time and effort into women’s sports, otherwise it is incredibly difficult to build interest, fanbases, revenue and franchises.       

College Soccer

If you weren’t aware, the NCAA women’s college soccer season kicks off this week. To me personally, watching women’s college soccer is very rewarding because it enables you to see players who could potentially play in the NWSL or another professional league or even with national teams. It’s also pretty fun to watch or listen to by radio. This season I am going to provide coverage of the following teams through previews, articles and stream links if available. I encourage you to watch at least one college game and if there is a team close to you, attend one of their games. If you feel I should add another school besides the ones listed feel free to ask me to add it. It is a mix of the big name college programs, up and coming programs, and programs that are located close to me.

Penn State
Florida State
West Virginia
Virginia Tech
North Carolina
Texas Tech
Santa Clara
Wake Forest
Oklahoma State
UNC Charlotte
UNC Wilmington