Written by Will Parchman

Carlyn Baldwin, one of the most highly recruited midfielders in the 2014 women’s soccer class, enjoyed a fine freshman campaign at Tennessee last season. She played more than 1,700 minutes and contributed to the lacework of a young but growing midfield. The addition of No. 1 recruit Katie Cousins for 2015 will excite no one more than her future running mate in the midfield.

Baldwin came off the bench in two matches at the U20 Women’s World Cup last summer, making her a rarity in that she earned U20 WC playing time before she’d even reached college.

If Baldwin’s silky offseason skills (above, of course) are any indication, it appears she’s ready for the college season to kick off already.

Look out for the Tennessee women this year. The Vols signed a whopping five players in the IMG Academy 150 for this fall: Cousins (No. 1), Danielle Marcano (No. 49), Megan Massey (No. 57), Maya Neal (No. 30) and Tatum Wagner (No. 95). Remember too, the 2014 class was No. 11. We ranked this one No. 4 nationally.

It seems a given the Vols are in for a marked improvement over their 10-10-2 record last season. The bigger question is whether this team can compete for an SEC title. And perhaps more.

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Written by Travis Clark

Over the past two seasons, the Virginia women’s soccer team has been one of North America’s most entertaining sides — regardless of the level. With head coach Steve Swanson emphasizing possession-based, attacking soccer and U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Morgan Brian at the hub of it, the Cavaliers scored 88 goals in 2014 and 78 in 2013.

The downside? Virginia reached the College Cup both seasons, only to come up short against both eventual champions (UCLA and Florida State respectively).

Relive some of the best of those 88 goals from last fall in the above compilation. It’s worth the time.

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Written by Will Parchman

Ireland doesn’t have the most robust reputation as a producer of international quality women’s soccer talent. They’ve never qualified for a World Cup or a European Championship, and they finished third in their qualifying group for the 2015 World Cup, 13 points adrift of group champs Germany. It wasn’t even that close.

But can a single world class talent turn their fortunes? Katie McCabe aims to find out.

McCabe smashed in this 35-yard free kick golazo over the weekend to guide her Raheny United club side to a cup final victory. It was one in a long line of notable recent successes for the 19-year-old phenom, who’s produced three hat tricks this year as one of the world’s most exciting young wingers. McCabe’s quietly becoming one of the Names To Know on the international soccer scene, and believe it or not, this golazo here isn’t an outlier.

It’ll take more than just McCabe for Ireland to become more relevant on the international WoSo stage, but moments like these sure augur better days ahead.

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The women’s college season kicks off on Friday, which means the guys weigh in this week with a special preview edition of The Young Professionals podcast. This week, Travis, J.R. and Will talk about some of the teams to beat, discuss some of the nation’s top players and bring on UCLA star midfielder Sam Mewis for an interview about the Bruins’ title defense in 2014. Don’t miss this one.

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Written by Will Parchman

Back in November, the Pali Blues and LA Strikers FC women’s teams merged within the USL W-League to create LA Blues SC, which kicks off its first consolidated season on May 16 against Sedona FC. Competing in the competitive eight-team Western Conference, the Blues will run up against teams like the Seattle Sounders’ women’s affiliate.

In advance of the season opener, the Blues came out with this promo video this spring. It starts off as a fairly normal thing until GOALS happens and suddenly you’re wondering why this disembodied voice is shouting you down. It all happens so fast (wait, did he say “the top tier of women’s soccer?”) that by the time he shouts GOALS in your face again, you might as well be drowning.

 

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It’s been a whirlwind weekend for the UCLA women’s soccer team. Winners of the national championship on Sunday, the Lady Bruins were recognized on Thursday’s edition of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, earning a round of applause for their recent accomplishment.

The full episode is posted above, fast forward to the 7:45 mark to see the quick segment during Leno’s monologue.

 

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Written by Will Parchman

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Welcome to our final installment of the five best women’s DI squads to ever suit up. We’ve already taken you through the 2005 Portland Pilots, the 1998 Florida Gators and the 1992 North Carolina Tar Heels.

Here are our last two combatants. Next up, be on the lookout for a proper vote between the five. Almost time to start picking sides.

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Written by Will Parchman

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On Friday, we started our journey through the five best women’s DI teams of all time leading into this weekend’s College Cup. With the ’05 Portland Pilots already on the wall, here are our next two entrants into the mix.

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Written by Will Parchman

bigwinners

Welcome to a fun project we’ve cooked up as the Women’s College Cup approaches next weekend. Over the course of the next few days, we’ll profile what we consider to be five of the best women’s Division I national title-winning sides of all time.

We’ll release the first today, two more on Monday and the final two on Tuesday. Then we’ll open up the floor to you for a vote on which women’s team you think is the best since the NCAA started its DI soccer tournament in 1982. It’s understood that every team that wins a national title deserves praise. But these five stand above the rest as some of the best to ever suit up.

Without further ado, our first contestant.

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Written by Will Parchman

ACC Soccer Weekly is back to profile the Final Four of the ACC women’s tourney, which features four of the top six teams in the country. If anyone can knock off unbeaten Virginia, call it a coup.

But this video’s a bit special. Breaking it down is our own Travis Clark, whose beard helps him dispense magical morsels of wisdom from some unspeakable place. Watch and be amazed.

 

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