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Women's Soccer Hosts UNH, Travels to Fordham

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By Doug Austin
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Friday, Sept.14
- vs. New Hampshire (Burnham Field), 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 16
- at Fordham (Bronx, N.Y.), 12:00 p.m.

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The Dartmouth College women's soccer team looks to get back in the win column when it hosts Granite State rival, New Hampshire, on Friday (Sept. 14) at Burnham Field. Kickoff between the Big Green and Wildcats is set for 7 p.m. Dartmouth will then head to the Bronx to take on Fordham in a Sunday afternoon matinee. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m.

Burnham Magic - The Big Green women will look to get back in the win column on its home field when New Hampshire comes to town on Friday (Sept. 14). The Big Green dropped their home opener for just the third time in the last 10 seasons, when they fell to No. 21 Rutgers, 2-1, on Sunday (Sept. 9).

Family Ties - Assistant coach Kelly Kuss will know at least one person on the New Hampshire sideline. Kuss' sister, Chelsea is a senior forward for the Wildcats. Kuss played one season at Division III Nazareth College before joining the UNH team. Kuss led the Wildcat in points (12) and assists (6) in 2010 but is currently out with injury.

Brush Named Ivy League Player of the Week - Senior tri-captain Emma Brush's (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) three goals over the weekend earned her Ivy League Player of the Week honors it was announced by the conference on Monday (Sept. 10). It is Brush's first career honor and she becomes the first Big Green player to earn the honor since Laurel Peak during the 2008 season.

Need A Goal? Ask Emma! - Senior forward Emma Brush (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) has opened the 2012 season on an offensive tear. Brush, who scored her first career goal last season, has recorded three of Dartmouth's six goals this season, including three of the Big Green's four total goals against Maine and No. 21 Rutgers.

First Time Foe - Sunday's game against Fordham marks the first time the Big Green and Rams have met. Dartmouth will also take on NJIT for the first time in program history at Burnham Field on Sept. 20.  Last season, the Big Green didn't take on any first time opponents.

Offensive Outburst vs. Maine - The Big Green has been working all offseason on being more aggressive to the goal and it has paid off. Dartmouth's three goals against Maine were  the most goals by the Big Green since tallying three goals in a win over Harvard during the 2010 season. Additionally, Dartmouth scored just nine goals during 2011 and already has six goals this season.

Big Green Freshmen Continue to Impress - The Big Green's freshmen class continues to impress in the early part of the season.  Corey Delaney (Chatham, N.J.), Jackie Friedman (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.),  and Kelly Bach (Charlotte, N.C.) have started each game while Lucielle Kozlov (Vancouver, British Columbia), and Catherine Granville (Bethesda, Md.) have started two games. Kristen Vondrak (Palos Verdes, Calif.) has seen time off the bench.

Delaney Picks Up First Collegiate Points - Forward Corey Delaney (Chatham, N.J) picked up her first collegiate points with two assists in Dartmouth's 3-1 win over Maine. The New Jersey native, became the first of the Big Green freshmen to record points this season.

Upset Bid against No. 21 Rutgers Comes Up Just Short - The Big Green certainly put a scare into the 21st-ranked Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Sunday (Sept. 9). Dartmouth took an early 1-0 lead on a goal from Emma Brush (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) but Rutgers took it up a notch and scored the equalizer four minutes later and won the game on a goal in the 89th minute from Olympian Jonelle Filigno. This marks the second consecutive season a match up between Rutgers and Dartmouth has been decided by a single goal.

Fearer Sees Some Time in Net - Junior goalkeeper Sam Fearer (Mesa. Ariz.) earned her first action of the season in Dartmouth's 3-1 win over Maine (Sept. 7). Fearer played 6:04 minutes and allowed one goal. Fearer has seen time off the bench in each of the last two seasons.

"Tats" Keeps on Keeping On - Sophomore goalkeeper Tatiana Saunders (Rye, N.Y.) has maintained her ever-steady presence in goal this season. Deemed the Big Green starter since her freshman season, Saunders has started each game of her collegiate career and is giving up just 1.50 goals per game for her career.

UCF All-Tournament Players - Senior tri-captain Aurelia Solomon (Washington, D.C.) and freshman Jackie Friedman (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) were named to the UCF All-Tournament team for their efforts throughout the weekend. Solomon also earned All-Tournament honors as a sophomore at the Dartmouth Nike Tournament.

Brittany Cameron Joins Staff - Dartmouth also added a staff member in the offseason. Assistant coach Brittany Cameron joins the staff after spending the 2011 season at Niagara.  Cameron spent three years as a professional player in the Women's Professional Soccer league with the Los Angeles Sol, Bay Area FC Pride and the Western New York Flash. In her stints with the Western New York Flash and the FC Pride Gold, she won the WPSL Championship and was a finalist in 2009 with the LA Sol. She played collegiately at San Diego leading the Toreros to a No. 9 ranking and a trip to the NCAA second round in 2009.

Trio to Wear Captain's Armband - This season, a trio of upperclassmen will lead the Big Green. Seniors Aurelia Solomon (Washington, D.C.), Emma Brush (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) and Kim Rose (Seaford, N.Y.) will wear the captain's armband. Solomon and Brush will be donning the armband for the first time, while Rose will be making a return appearance after serving as captain in 2011.  The trio will also pen a blog on throughout the season. You can follow the blog here.

Looking at New Hampshire  -- The Wildcats enter Friday's match with a 1-4-1 record after falling to Providence, 2-1, on Sunday (Sept. 9). The Big Green leads the all-time series 23-6-2 and despite dropping the last meeting in 2010, has won 17 of the last 19 meeting between the in-state foes. UNH hasn't won a game since a 2-0 win over Fairfield to open the season on Aug. 24. Kirstyn Corder leads the offense with a team-best two goals and two assists for six points. She is the lone Wildcat to have multiple goals. In goal, Erica Correa has started each game and has a 1.87 goals against average with 25 saves on the season. The squads have three common opponents in Brown, Harvard and Boston University. 

A Glance at Fordham - Fordham will take on Ivy League foe Columbia on Friday night before hosting the Big Green. The meeting between the two teams will be the first in program history. The Rams are coming off a 1-0 win over Maryland on Sunday (Sept. 9), pushing its overall record to 2-4-0 on the season. Kristina Maksuti leads the way with two goals on the season, including the game-winner at Maryland. Teammate Kaitlyn Carballeira has the Rams other goal on the season. Maksuti has also taken a team-best 27 shots with 14 coming on goal. Ally White and Rachel Suther have both seen time in net. White has a 1-4-0 record with a 1.50 goals against average while Suther is 1-0 with a 2.00 goals against average. The lone opponent the squads have in common is Columbia.  

Keep Up With the Big Green -- Stay current with everything going on with your Big Green by "liking" the Big Green women's soccer team on Facebook.

Thursday, Sept. 20 - NJIT (Burnham Field), 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 23 -Brown (Burnham Field.) 1:00 p.m.  (Ivy League Opener)