This week marked the beginning of the FIFA Women's World Cup, the once-every-four-years spectacle generally regarded to be the most significant women's athletic competition outside of the Olympics. The 2015 version of this competition is being held in the country of our lovely, albeit boring neighbors to the north, as 24 of the world's best international soccer teams meet in Canada to take home a really ugly trophy.
Among these 24 competing nations is, unsurprisingly, Brazil. Surprising to some though is the presence of an Ole Miss alumna on the Brazilian squad. Rafaelle Souza, a defender who spent four years in Oxford as a forward, where she scored 44 goals - a school record - and earned all-SEC honors. She also led the Ole Miss soccer program to a few appearances in the NCAA women's soccer tournament and helped keep the lady Rebels ranked in the top-25 for much of her final season on campus.
And now would you look at her? She's out there representing Brazil in the World Cup. We think that's pretty damn cool thing for an Ole Miss alumna to do. Hotty Toddy, Rafaelle. Best of luck to your squad (until they're eliminated by the United States in the knockout round).