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Men's Soccer Welcomes SMU and Colgate

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By Vladimir Cherry
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Friday, Sept. 7 -
SMU (Burnham Field) 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 9
- Colgate  (Burnham Field) 2:00 p.m.

The Dartmouth College men's soccer team concludes its three-game home stretch with home dates with SMU on Friday (Sept. 7) and Colgate (Sept. 9). The Big Green and Mustangs will square off at 7:00 p.m. on Friday while Dartmouth and Colgate will kick off at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday in the first game of a doubleheader with the women's team. 

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Weekend Promotions
SMU (Friday Sept. 7) - Fans will receive free rally towels (While supplies last)
Colgate  (Sunday, Sept. 9)- Postgame autograph session with the Big Green freshmen

We Must Protect This House - This weekend's games mark the end of Dartmouth's three-game homestand, the longest of the season for the Big Green squad. Dartmouth has a 36-9-5 record at home over the last six seasons and hasn't had a losing record at home since the 2006 season when they went 2-3-1. In the last five seasons, Dartmouth hasn't dropped more than two games at home.

Familiar Foe  - Friday's game against SMU will pit assistant coach Chase Wileman against his collegiate team. Wileman, entering his second season with the Big Green, played collegiately at SMU from 2003-06 and led the Mustangs to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and to the College Cup in 2005. This is the second consecutive season the Big Green have faced the Mustangs. Last season, the pair played in Dallas with the Mustangs earning a 2-1 win in overtime.

Texas Ties - Playing SMU will be somewhat of a homecoming for several members of the Dartmouth squad. The Big Green has three players that call Texas home in Alex Adelabu (Houston, Texas), Tommy Johnson (Spring, Texas) and Sten Stray-Gundersen (Frisco, Texas). In addition, assistant coaches Chad Riley (Houston, Texas) and Chase Wileman (Dallas, Texas) also call the Lone Star state home. 

Collegiate Debuts - Last weekend, the Big Green had two freshmen make their collegiate debuts. Defender Sten Stray-Gundersen (Frisco, Texas) started both games while Alberto Gorini (Incisa Valdarno, Italy) made his first career start against UConn (Aug. 31) and came off the bench in the win over Holy Cross (Sept. 2). 

Cook Heading Toward the Century Mark - Head coach Jeff Cook is two wins away from becoming just the second head coach in program history to earn 100 career wins. He will join former Big Green head coach Thomas Dent in the century club. Dent earned 143 career wins in 35 years on the Big Green sidelines.  The earliest Cook can earn his 100th victory is against Colgate on Sunday (Sept. 9).

Pair of NCAA Tournament Opponents on Tap - Dartmouth's foes this weekend are two of the six teams the Big Green will play this season that reached the NCAA Tournament last year. In fact, four of Dartmouth's first five opponents this season advanced to the NCAA Tournament. UConn reached the quarterfinals, while Colgate fell in the first round and SMU in the second round. New Mexico reached the third round in 2011.

Taking the Huskies to OT - The Big Green had a great chance to shock the soccer world on Friday night when they took the No. 4-ranked UConn Huskies to overtime. Senior Brad Jacobson (Larchmont, N.Y.) scored the equalizer with just five seconds left in regulation setting up the overtime contest.  The OT marks the second consecutive season the Big Green have opened the season with an overtime contest. In 2011, they played double overtime at Holy Cross in a 0-0 tie. In fact, each of the last two meeting with the Huskies has resulted in overtime, the teams played to a 0-0 double overtime tie in 2009.

A Few Notes about OT - Dartmouth has lots of experience in overtime contests, especially in the last two seasons. In both 2011 and 2010, the Big Green played in no less than five overtime games.  Over the last seven season's Dartmouth has a 6-10-19 record in games that have gone into extra time.

Georgiou Heats Up Against the Crusaders - Senior Andoni Georgiou (London, England) scored his first career goals in Dartmouth's 3-1 win over Holy Cross (Sept. 2). The London native, scored twice against Holy Cross marking the first time a Big Green player scored multiple goals since former player Lucky Mkosana scored two in a 4-1 win over Princeton in 2011. Georgiou's efforts earned him a spot on the Ivy League Honor Roll and he was also named Dartmouth's Woodland Hills Credit Union male Athlete of the Week.

Captain, My Captain - Seniors Kevin Dzierzawski (Oakland Township, Mich.) and Teo Larsson-Sax (Kalmar, Sweden) will wear the captain's armband for the Big Green this season. Dzierzawski is coming off an outstanding 2011 season where he led the team with seven assists and earned first team All-Ivy honors as well as ECAC All-Star second-team honors. Larsson-Sax is a stable in the Big Green backfield and in 2011 started 15 games for the Big Green. He showcased his offensive skills with one goal and four shots, two of those shots reaching frame. It will be the first time Dzierzawski or Larsson-Sax has been a captain. Keep up-to-date with all the things that are happening with the Dartmouth men's soccer team with the Captains' Corner blog. You can access it HERE.

TV Time - Dartmouth's final regular-season game against Brown (Nov. 9) will be broadcast to a national television audience as the Fox Soccer Channel Game of the Week.  The game will be Dartmouth's lone TV contest of the season and marks the second time the Big Green have appeared on Fox Soccer Channel. Dartmouth last played in a televised game in 2008 when they also took on the Brown Bears, earning a 2-0 victory.

A Look at SMU  -- SMU enters Friday's game with a 0-2-1 record after dropping a game to No. 3 New Mexico on Sunday (Sept. 2). The Mustangs have had a tough stretch of games to start the year playing both the No. 2 and No. 3 teams in country in South Florida and New Mexico within the first three games of the season.  SMU leads the all-time series with the Big Green, 2-0. The teams met last season in Dallas and also in the NCAA first round in 1997. Leobrado Vazquez leads the SMU offense with one goal and one assist for three points. Eddie Puskarich has SMU's other goal. Jaime Ibarra is in goal and has a 1.55 goals against average with 22 saves for a .815 saves percentage. The teams have several opponents in common. SMU will take on fellow Ivy League foe, Harvard, on Sunday (Sept. 9) and will also face Missouri State, a squad Dartmouth will play on Sept. 16. The Big Green will also face New Mexico on Sept. 14, a team SMU fell to, 3-1.

Scouting Colgate - Colgate has a 1-2-1 record entering the weekend's game and will take on fellow Ivy League opponent, Yale, on Friday before making the trip to Hanover. The Raiders have defeated Binghamton and have losses to Syracuse and Villanova, with a 1-1 tie at St. John's. Dartmouth leads the all-time series 5-3-1 and hasn't dropped a contest to the Raiders in the last four meetings. This will be the second consecutive season the teams have met, but prior to last season, the last time the teams squared off was in 2008. Mike Reidy leads the offense with two goals for four points while Tanner Schilling and Mike Garzi each have scored one goal. Each of Colgate's three goalkeepers has seen action this season. Grant Reed has started each game and has a 2.25 goals against average. Liam Stapleton and Christian Quinttus have also seen time in net this season. In addition to Dartmouth and Yale, Colgate will also take on Cornell this season.

Keep Up With the Big Green -- Stay current with everything going on with your Big Green by following Dartmouth men's soccer on twitter (@DartmouthMSoc) and "liking" the Big Green men's soccer team on Facebook.

Friday, Sept. 14 - at New Mexico (Albuquerque, N.M), 7:00 p.m. - New Mexico Tournament
Sunday, Sept. 16 -- vs. Missouri State (Albuquerque, N.M), 10:00 a.m. - New Mexico Tournament