2019 NWSL Draft – Chris and Jon’s FINAL Big Board

This probably isn’t up to my usual draft standards, but it was hard to reposition after an avalanche of new entries dropped on the last day. Positions listed are where players played in college/youth international level and are not a projection of where players will end up in the pros.

Rank Name Position School
1 Tierna Davidson D (CB), MF (DMC) Stanford
2 Hailie Mace F (CF), D (LB) UCLA
3 Julia Ashley D (RB, CB) North Carolina
4 Tegan McGrady D (LB) Stanford
5 CeCe Kizer F (CF), MF (AMC) Ole Miss
6 Sam Staab D (CB) Clemson
7 Leah Pruitt F (CF, RF) USC
8 Ally Prisock D (CB) USC
9 Dorian Bailey MF (MC, DMC) North Carolina
10 Caitlin Farrell F (RF) Georgetown
11 Jordan DiBiasi MF (MC) Stanford
12 Julie James MF (DMC, MC) Baylor
13 Emily Ogle MF (DMC) Penn State
14 Kayla McCoy F (CF) Duke
15 Mimi Asom F (CF) Princeton
16 Kyra Carusa F (RF, CF, LF) Georgetown
17 Bianca St. Georges D (RB) West Virginia
18 Maria Sanchez MF (LM, MC) Santa Clara
19 Kayla Sharples D (CB) Northwestern
20 April Bockin F (RF, CF) Minnesota
21 Hannah Davison D (CB) Northwestern
22 Bayley Feist MF (MC) Wake Forest
23 Maddie Pokorny F (RF, LF) Saint Louis
24 Maddy Haro D (LB) Washington State
25 Paige Monaghan MF (RM), D (RB) Butler
26 Jorian Baucom F (CF) Colorado
27 Jenna Szczesny F (CF) Loyola Chicago
28 Hailey Harbison D (RB) Pepperdine
29 Alex Thomas D (RB), F (LF, CF) LSU
30 Madison Pogarch D (LB), MF (MC) Rutgers
31 Molly Fiedler MF (MC) Minnesota
32 Devon Kerr GK Ohio State
33 Kaycie Tillman MF (RM) Florida State
34 Franny Cerny F (CF, LF), MF (AMC) DePaul
35 Kenie Wright D (RB, LB) Rutgers
36 Marisa Viggiano MF (MC, DMC) Northwestern
37 Jemma Purfield D (LB), MF (LM) Arizona State
38 Lauren Milliet MF (AMC) Colorado College
39 Marie Levasseur F (LF) Memphis
40 Mariah Williams F (CF) Albany
41 Gabrielle Vincent D (CB) Louisville
42 Charlotte Williams MF Penn State
43 Vanessa Flores D (CB) West Virginia
44 Mariel Gutierrez MF (AMC), F (CF) Northern Colorado
45 Ashley Gonzales F (CF, LF) Long Beach State
46 Hailey Skolmoski North F (CF), D (LB) Utah
47 Madeline Nolf D (RB) Penn State
48 Rachelle Smith D (CB, LB) Florida
49 Phallon Tullis-Joyce GK Miami (FL)
50 Kendall Ritchie D (CB) Texas A&M
51 Caroline Brockmeier GK LSU
52 Taylor Timko D (LB, CB) Michigan
53 Jazmin Jackmon D (LB) Oregon
54 Catherine Levasseur MF (DMC) Memphis
55 Brielle Preece GK Pepperdine
56 Betsy Brandon MF (DMC, MC) Virginia
57 Camille Bassett F (RF, CF) Central Arkansas

2019 NWSL Draft – Chris & Jon’s Mock Draft + WoSo Independent Podcast #56 (Just 30 Minutes!)

Full Mock Draft is below. Podcast covers in brief detail who we see going in the first two rounds and to whom, while giving our reasoning.

1 – CHI – Tierna Davidson – D (CB), MF (DMC) – Stanford
2 – SBFC – Hailie Mace – D (LB), F (CF) – UCLA
3 – SBFC – Julia Ashley – D (RB, CB) – North Carolina
4 – WSH – Tegan McGrady – D (LB) – Stanford
5 – NC – Leah Pruitt – F (CF, RF) – USC
6 – SBFC – CeCe Kizer – F (CF), MF (AMC) – Ole Miss
7 – WSH – Samantha Staab – D (CB) – Clemson
8 – WSH – Caitlin Farrell – F (RF) – Georgetown
9 – NC – Dorian Bailey – MF (MC, DMC) – North Carolina

10 – SBFC – Emily Ogle – MF (DMC) – Penn State
11 – SBFC – Jordan DiBiasi – MF (MC) – Stanford
12 – HOU – Ally Prisock – D (CB) – USC
13 – HOU – Julie James – MF (DMC) – Baylor
14 – NC – Mimi Asom – F (CF) – Princeton
15 – CHI – Kayla McCoy – F (CF) – Duke
16 – HOU – Maria Sanchez – MF (LM, MC) – Santa Clara
17 – POR – Maddy Haro – D (LB) – Washington State
18 – HOU – Bianca St. Georges – D (RB) – West Virginia

19 – SBFC – Paige Monaghan – MF (RM), D (RB) – Butler
20 – CHI – April Bockin – F (RF, CF) – Minnesota
21 – HOU – Jorian Baucom – F (CF) – LSU
22 – HOU – Kaycie Tillman – MF (RM) – Florida State
23 – URFC – Hailey Harbison – D (RB) – Pepperdine
24 – CHI – Kayla Sharples – D (CB) – Northwestern
25 – ORL – Kyra Carusa – F (RF, CF, LF) – Georgetown
26 – CHI – Hannah Davison – D (CB) – Northwestern
27 – URFC – Lauren Milliet – MF (AMC) – Colorado College

28 – SBFC – Devon Kerr – GK – Ohio State
29 – WSH – Bayley Feist – MF (MC) – Wake Forest
30 – ORL – Alex Thomas – D (RB), F (LF, CF) – LSU
31 – WSH – Gabrielle Vincent – D (CB) – Louisville
32 – URFC – Hailey Skolmoski North – F (CF), D (LB) – Utah
33 – CHI – Jenna Szczesny – F (CF) – Loyola Chicago
34 – SBFC – Madison Pogarch – D (LB), MF (MC) – Rutgers
35 – POR – Maddie Pokorny – F (RF, LF) – Saint Louis
36 – NC – Phallon Tullis-Joyce – GK – Miami (FL)

WoSo Independent Podcast #55 – 2019 NWSL Draft Team Needs

In this edition of the WoSo Independent podcast, Chris (@chris_awk) and Jon (@jonlipsitz) continue their preview coverage of the 2019 NWSL Draft. First, they give some general predictions for the draft, including who’ll be a Chicago Red Star shortly after noon on Thursday.

Then they break down the nine NWSL teams’ needs heading into the draft. Who is in a good position? Who needs to seriously think about a rebuild?

2019 NWSL Draft Big Board [Very Rough Draft] (December 2018 Update) – WoSo Independent Podcast #53

Here is my very rough draft of the 2019 NWSL Draft Big Board. This is not meant to be conclusive or final by any means, as I still haven’t added some late rising standouts (Haro, Uveges, etc.), while some others (Bockin, Thomas, etc.) will be significantly higher on the final board.

Said final board will only include players declared for the draft and probably won’t be out until a week or so before the draft itself, so basically a couple weeks from now. Podcast below the table.

Rank Name Position School
1 Hailie Mace F (CF), D (CB, LB) UCLA
2 Julia Ashley D (RB, CB) North Carolina
3 Khadija “Bunny” Shaw F (CF) Tennessee
4 Tegan McGrady D (LB) Stanford
5 Natalia Kuikka D (CB) Florida State
6 Jordan DiBiasi MF (AMC) Stanford
7 Emily Ogle MF (DMC) Penn State
8 Alana Cook D (CB) Stanford
9 Ally Prisock D (CB) USC
10 Dorian Bailey MF (MC, DMC) North Carolina
11 Samantha Staab D (CB) Clemson
12 Michelle Xiao F (LF) Stanford
13 Kayla McCoy F (CF) Duke
14 Paige Monaghan D (RB), F (CF) Butler
15 Taylor Racioppi F (RF, LF) Duke
16 CeCe Kizer F (CF), MF (AMC) Ole Miss
17 Maria Sanchez F (LF, CF) Santa Clara
18 Kyra Carusa F (CF, RF, LF) Georgetown
19 Bianca St. Georges D (RB) West Virginia
20 Marisa Viggiano MF (DMC, MC), F (LF) Northwestern
21 Julie James MF (DMC, MC) Baylor
22 Caitlin Farrell F (RF, CF) Georgetown
23 Kayla Sharples D (CB) Northwestern
24 Kaycie Tillman F (RF) Florida State
25 Leah Pruitt F (CF, RF) USC
26 Mimi Asom F (CF) Princeton
27 Betsy Brandon MF (DMC) Virginia
28 Jemma Purfield D (LB) Arizona State
29 Hannah Davison D (CB) Northwestern
30 Taylor Timko D (LB, CB), F (LF) Michigan
31 Hailey Harbison D (RB) Pepperdine
32 Jorian Baucom F (CF) Colorado
33 Bayley Feist MF (AMC, MC) Wake Forest
34 Charlotte Williams MF (AMC), F (CF) Penn State
35 Rylie O’Keefe MF (AMC, MC), F (RW) Tennessee
36 Kendall Ritchie D (CB, LB) Texas A&M
37 Arielle Schechtman GK Georgetown
38 Haley Woodard F (CF) Oklahoma State
39 Tina Settles MF (DMC) Pepperdine
40 Emma Welch D (LB), F (LF) Alabama
41 Sarah Roberts MF (AMC) Ohio State
42 Paola van der Veen MF (AMC) Utah
43 Devon Kerr GK Ohio State
44 Grace Hagan F (CF) Kansas
45 Marie Levasseur F (LF), D (LB) Memphis
46 Hailey Skolmoski F (CF) Utah
47 Vanessa Flores D (CB) West Virginia
48 Lainey Burdett GK Arizona
49 Franny Cerny F (RF, CF, LF) DePaul
50 Rachelle Smith D (CB, LB) Florida
51 Alina Ortega-Jurado MF (DMC), D (RB, LB) Penn State
52 Emily Bates MF (AMC), F (CF, RF) Texas A&M
53 Easther Mayi Kith D (CB) West Virginia
54 Katie Glenn MF (MC, DMC) Texas
55 Anna Bialczak MF (AMC) Tennessee
56 Vera Varis GK UCF
57 Sarah Le Beau GK Auburn
58 Remy Borinsky MF (AMC, MC) Dartmouth
59 Kenie Wright D (LB, RB) Rutgers
60 Brielle Preece GK Pepperdine
61 Molly Fiedler MF (AMC) Minnesota
62 Olivia Gauthier D (CB) Memphis
63 Madeline Anderson D (CB) Hofstra
64 Lexi Pelafas F (CF) Central Michigan
65 Reilly Martin F (LF, CF) Michigan
66 Abbie Boswell F (CF) Alabama
67 Mariel Gutierrez MF (AMC) Northern Colorado
68 Darriell Franklin D (CB, RB), F (CF) San Jose State
69 Caroline Kopp D (LB) Albany
70 Lindsay Kutscher D (CB, LB) Cal State Northridge
71 Sarah Kinzner F (LM, RM), MF (DMC) Colorado
72 Ashley Gonzales F (CF, LF), MF (AMC) Long Beach State
73 April Bockin F (RF) Minnesota
74 Jessie Scarpa F (CF), MF (AMC) North Carolina
75 Carrie Madden F (RF, LF) Marquette
76 Karitas Tomasdottir MF (DMC) TCU
77 Vanessa Kara F (CF) Drexel
78 Gwennie Puente F (RW, LW) Texas Tech
79 Alison Jahansouz GK Stanford
80 Sarina Bolden F (CF), MF (AMC) Loyola Marymount
81 Katie Day D (CB), MF (DMC) Providence
82 Summer Mason F (CF, LF, RF) San Diego
83 Maddie Pokorny F (RF, LF) Saint Louis
84 Megan Connolly F (RF, CF), MF (AMC) Florida State
85 Sh’nia Gordon F (RF) West Virginia
86 Hayley Nolan MF (DMC), D (CB) Hartford
87 Jenny Chavez MF (DMC) Eastern Washington
88 Marissa Everett F (RF, LF) Oregon
89 Paige Culver D (CB) Kent State
90 Gabrielle Vincent D (CB) Louisville
91 Dana Fujikuni MF (DMC, MC) Long Beach State
92 Nadya Gill MF (AMC), F (CF, LF) West Virginia
93 Elizabeth Woerner F (RF), MF (AMC) Memphis
94 Emily Heslin MF (DMC) Minnesota
95 Liane Keegans D (CB) UConn
96 Kari Naerdemann GK Tennessee Tech
97 Katie O’Connor F (CF) Duquesne
98 Jenna Szczesny F (CF) Loyola Chicago
99 Alex Thomas F (CF, LF), D (RB) LSU
100 Hannah Godfrey D (CB) South Alabama

 

2018 U20 Women’s World Cup Final – Run The Numbers – Spain 1 – 3 Japan

Japan put on a scintillating display to be crowned U20 World Cup champions against rivals Spain, racing out to a 3-0 lead before settling for a commanding two-goal triumph that left little doubt as to the age group’s best side.

U20 WWC Final - Spain vs Japan stats

U20 WWC Final – Spain vs Japan stats

Spain shots (field)

Spain shots (field)

Spain shots (frame)

Spain shots (frame)

Japan shots (field)

Japan shots (field)

Japan shots (frame)

Japan shots (frame)

Spain (red) vs Japan (blue) key passes

Spain (red) vs Japan (blue) key passes

Woman of the Match – Riko Ueki (Japan)

1 assist
4 shots
83% pass completion
2 key passes
2 chances created
4 defensive challenges won (out of 8)
3 dribbles

While some might scoff at Ueki having a claim for the Golden Ball, the Japanese forward roared to life after two disappointing matches to open the competition. She was at her best in the knockout stages, scoring in the quarterfinal and semi-final wins before pulling the strings here. She wouldn’t score, but Ueki did set up a goal while also keeping things moving and passing at a very high accuracy for a forward. The Japanese full WNT is a plethora of riches right now, but Ueki seems likely to get in the mix sooner rather than later.

Ueki passes complete

Ueki passes complete

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2018 U20 Women’s World Cup – Run The Numbers – United States 2 – 2 Spain

The United States bowed out at the 2018 U20 World Cup after the group stage with a 2-2 draw with eventual runners-up, Spain. The Americans rallied after heading into the half with a 2-0 deficit but could not add a third goal in the final ten minutes of play after a thrilling fight back.

[L] Spain vs USA [R] stats

[L] Spain vs USA [R] stats

USA (white) vs Spain (maroon) shots

USA (white) vs Spain (maroon) shots

Key Passes - USA in white, Spain in maroon

Key Passes – USA in white, Spain in maroon

Woman of the Match – Patri (ESP)

1 goal
1 assist
7 shots
77% pass completion
2 key passes
17 challenges won (out of 25)
3 aerial challenges won (out of 5)
3 dribbles
6 tackles won (out of 9)
11 ball recoveries
2 fouls won

Entering this competition with a budding reputation as one of the great hopes of Spanish football, Patri showed just why she’s so highly regarded in this sensational display. In addition to the scoring, Patri was a conduit of passing and a challenge winning machine, winning seventeen, including six tackles. The USA had no answer for Patri’s engine and quality, two of the key factors in the Spanish victory.

Patri passes complete

Patri passes complete

Patri challenges won

Patri challenges won

Other Standouts:

T2. Berta Pujadas (ESP)

Key Stat: 14/18 challenges won

Though Spain conceded twice, center-back Pujadas was hardly at fault for the leaks in the Spanish defense, putting on a sterling display at center-back for the European side. Her challenge numbers referenced above were buttressed by five tackles, while she also managed to complete 80% of her passes.

Pujadas challenges won

Pujadas challenges won

T2. Samantha Hiatt (USA)

Key Stat: 4/4 aerial challenges won

The central of defense for the U.S. held up reasonably well in this one, despite the Americans giving up two goals overall. Best in class for the USA overall was Hiatt, who dominated the air and was solid in challenges on the whole. She took care of the ball with just two turnovers and had the assist on one of the side’s goals.

4. Aitana Bonmati (ESP)

Key Stat: 89% pass completion

Heartbreak would arrive later in the tournament for Bonmati, but, here, she was the metronome in the middle for the Spaniards, completing nearly 90% of her passes. She also was dazzling on the ball herself, with her seven dribbles more than double that of any of her teammates on the day.

Bonmati passes complete

Bonmati passes complete

5. Sophia Smith (USA)

Key Stat: 6 shots

It was an exercise in frustration for American fans hoping the offense would come alive truly in this tournament, as they did so in this one, but far too late to see the team through. Smith was the Americans’ most dangerous player going forward on the tournament and had six shots and a goal to her credit. But she also lost 26 (!) of 35 challenges and had 14 turnovers with no ball recoveries. However, bearing the weight of an entire offense makes such largesse understandable.

NCAA – Chris’ Final 2018 Mock NCAA Tournament Bracket

Well, I did my best. Seeding looks to be volatile this year, with some weird first round matchups likely thanks to a glut of ACC and SEC teams.

In College Cup for these brackets, Stanford Quadrant winner would play Georgetown Quadrant winner, with Florida State Quadrant winner playing North Carolina Quadrant winner.

Stanford Quadrant

Palo Alto Regional

[1] Stanford vs Seattle
NC State vs Mississippi State
[4] Penn State vs Albany
Washington State vs Montana

Los Angeles Regional

[2] USC vs Pepperdine
Auburn vs Wake Forest
[3] Texas vs Denver
Arizona vs BYU

Florida State Quadrant

Tallahassee Regional

[1] Florida State vs Murray State
Kansas vs Saint Louis
[4] Texas A&M vs Abilene Christian
South Florida vs Minnesota

Westwood Regional

[2] UCLA vs Long Beach State
Arkansas vs Texas Tech
[3] Santa Clara vs San Jose State
South Carolina vs Clemson

North Carolina Quadrant

Chapel Hill Regional

[1] North Carolina vs Radford
Memphis vs Ole Miss
[4] Vanderbilt vs Lipscomb
Louisville vs Butler

Waco Regional

[2] Baylor vs Little Rock
LSU vs Virginia Tech
[3] Tennessee vs Loyola Chicago
TCU vs North Texas

Georgetown Quadrant

Washington DC Regional

[1] Georgetown vs Howard
Hofstra vs Central Connecticut State
[4] Virginia vs Monmouth
Princeton vs Rutgers

Morgantown Regional

[2] West Virginia vs Bowling Green
Boston College vs Boston University
[3] Duke vs UNC Greensboro
Illinois vs Milwaukee

NCAA – Chris’ Final 2018 NCAA Tournament Field of Sixty-Four Projection

Note: I have NOT calculated seeds yet. That will be coming with the mock bracket.

America East – Albany*
AAC – Memphis*, South Florida
Atlantic 10 – Saint Louis*
ACC – Florida State*, North Carolina, Duke, Virginia, NC State, Boston College, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Louisville
A-Sun – Lipscomb*
Big 12 – West Virginia*, Baylor, Texas, TCU, Kansas, Texas Tech
Big East – Georgetown*, Butler
Big Sky – Montana*
Big South – Radford*
Big Ten – Minnesota*, Penn State, Rutgers, Illinois
Big West – Long Beach State*
CAA – Hofstra*
C-USA – North Texas*
Horizon – Milwaukee*
Ivy – Princeton*
MAAC – Monmouth*
MAC – Bowling Green*
MVC – Loyola (Ill.)*
Mountain West – San Jose State*
NEC – Central Connecticut State*
OVC – Murray State*
Pac-12 – Stanford*, USC, UCLA, Arizona, Washington State
Patriot – Boston University*
SEC – LSU*, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss
SoCon – UNC Greensboro*
Southland – Abilene Christian*
SWAC – Howard*
Summit – Denver*
Sun Belt – Little Rock*
WCC – BYU*, Santa Clara, Pepperdine
WAC – Seattle*

Last IN – Pepperdine, Louisville, Butler, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech
Last OUT – Wisconsin, Northwestern, Ohio State, Colorado