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Author: Jessa Braun

Jessa is a fourth year Community Health major at Wilfrid Laurier University (Brantford campus). She is the Sports Editor for The Sputnik newspaper and is President/EIC of Her Campus LB. She captains Laurier Brantford's varsity cross-country and soccer.

Sam Kerr leaving NWSL: for better or for worse?

Photo courtesy of Fox News. It’s been just over a week since Sam Kerr, 2019 NWSL MVP and leading scorer, confirmed her long-awaited move to Chelsea FC of the Women’s Super League (WSL) in England. European football fans are ecstatic while North Americans are upset to see her go. But how sad should National Women’s […]

NWSL expands to Louisville

Photo courtesy of NWSL. The NWSL will expand to Louisville in 2021, the league announced Tuesday. The expansion marks the first time the city has had a top-tier pro sports team since the American Basketball Association lost the Kentucky Colonels in 1976. Louisville, the league’s fourth expansion team, will play at Lynn Family Stadium, a […]

Reign FC clinches final playoff spot with win over Thorns

Theresa Nielsen and Jodie Taylor celebrate after Nielson assists Taylor with the opening goal. (Photo credit: Jane Gershovich/isiphotos.com) TACOMA, Wash. (Sept. 29, 2019) — The Seattle Reign FC defeated the Portland Thorns FC for the third time this season with a 2-0 victory on Sunday. The Reign’s win clinched the NWSL’s fourth playoff spot. Jodie […]

Mystics return to WNBA finals

(Photo courtesy of Monumental SportsNet Twitter account.) LAS VEGAS (Sept. 24, 2019) – With WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne’s 25 points against the Las Vegas Aces, the Washington Mystics are finals bound for the second straight season. The Mystics defeated the Aces 94-90 in Game 4 to close their best-of-five semifinal series on Tuesday night. […]

Rapinoe wins Best FIFA Player and gives moving speech

Photo courtesy of Getty Images. American World Cup champion Megan Rapinoe won Best FIFA Women’s Player on Monday and used her acceptance speech to address issues including racism, homophobia and sexism. The midfielder was a key player for the U.S.A. during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, scoring enough goals to get the Golden Boot […]

Connecticut Sun advance to the WNBA finals

Jasmine Thomas led the Connecticut Sun with 29 points. (Photo courtesy of Connecticut Sun Twitter account.) LONG BEACH, Calif. (Sept. 22, 2019) — Connecticut Sun swept the best-of-five semi-final series in three games against the Los Angeles Sparks. The 78-56 win on Sunday advanced the Sun to the finals for the first time since 2005, […]

NWSL bans fan who yelled racist comments at player

Photo courtesy of NWSL. A fan who yelled racist slurs at Portland Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch at last week’s Portland vs. Utah match has been banned from all NWSL games. The league issued the following statement on Sept. 14: “After a thorough investigation, the individual who made racist comments toward one of our players at […]

Sky Blue FC moves game to Red Bull Arena due to sellout crowd

Sky Blue FC captain Carli Lloyd. (Photo courtesy of Pro Soccer USA.) Despite Sky Blue FC being last place in the standings, there is no lack of interest in New Jersey’s NWSL squad. The team will upgrade from their humble 5,000-seat stadium to a 25,000-seat facility on August 18 due to an increase in attendance. […]

She the North: WNBA team coming to Toronto

If all goes well with the paperwork this summer, the Toronto Raptors will have a sister team by next year. The WNBA currently consists of 12 American teams and is the highest level of women’s basketball. Once the Toronto franchise is approved, the team will not only become Canada’s first professional women’s basketball squad, but […]