DARTMOUTH WOMEN'S SOCCER
Saturday, Sept. 29 - at Princeton (Princeton, N.J.), 2:00 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 1 - vs. No. 20 Pepperdine (Burnham Field.), 2:00 p.m.
The Dartmouth College women's soccer team puts its four-game win streak on the line when it travels to Princeton for a showdown between the top two teams in the Ivy League on Saturday (Sept. 29). Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. Dartmouth will then jump out of conference with a Monday game against No. 20 Pepperdine. The Waves and Big Green kick off at 2 p.m. at Burnham Field.
BIG GREEN TIDBITS
Big Green Open Ivy Action on Top - The Big Green opened Ivy League action in impressive fashion, with a 2-1 win over Brown, snapping the Bears four game winning streak and scoring a goal on the Bears for just the fifth time this season. The win was Dartmouth's third Ivy League opening win in the last four seasons.
Delaney Earns Second Consecutive Ivy League Rookie of the Week Honor - Freshman forward Corey Delaney (Chatham, N.J.) keeps racking up the awards and for the second consecutive week was the Ivy League's top rookie. She picked up two assists last week and added a helper in the game-winning goal against Brown. She is the first Big Green player to earn two Rookie of the Week honors since Chrissy Lozier (Fairfield, Conn.) in 2010.
Dartmouth Into the Regional Rankings - The Big Green enter the NSCAA regional rankings this week. The Big Green are ranked No. 8 in the Mid-Atlantic region. Dartmouth is ahead of Virginia Commonwealth and behind Hofstra. Ivy League foe, Brown is also ranked at No. 10.
Streakin' - Dartmouth is on a winning streak and has won its last four games. The Big Green's current four-game winning streak is the longest since Dartmouth closed the 2010 season with four consecutive wins. In 2006, Dartmouth won six straight and in 2005, the year Dartmouth claimed its last Ivy League title, Dartmouth won six straight at one point.
Dartmouth In the NCAA Rankings - Dartmouth is making its debut in the NCAA rankings this week. The Big Green are ranked No. 28 in scoring offense averaging 2.38 goals per game and No. 30 in win-loss percentage (0.75).
Dartmouth Offense on Point - What a difference a year makes. In 2011, Dartmouth scored nine goals and only earned 25 points as a team. Dartmouth's leading scorer from 2011, Tasha Wilkins (Portland, Ore.) only had three goals. Fast forward to 2012, the Big Green have 19 goals and leading scorers Chrissy Lozier (Fairfield, Conn.) and Emma Brush (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) each have five goals and we're not even midway through the season.
Lozier Gettin' It Done - Junior midfielder Chrissy Lozier (Fairfield, Conn.) is a scoring machine and is currently on a four-game scoring streak. She has tallied five goals on the season and is leading the Big Green with 27 shots. For her efforts last week, she earned a spot on the Ivy League honor roll.
Brush On a Roll Too - Tri-captain Emma Brush (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) is also on a roll and has recorded points in each of Dartmouth's last three games and in five of Dartmouth's last six contests. Her five goals and three assists are both career bests for the senior.
Non-Conference Opponent on Tap - When the Big Green host No. 20 Pepperdine on Monday (Oct. 1) it will be one of two non-conference opponents left on the schedule this season. It will also be Dartmouth's third ranked foe and the second ranked opponent to make the trip to Hanover. The Big Green's game at Brown on Oct. 17 will be counted as a non-conference game even though the teams are in the same league.
Everybody Getting In on the Action - In Dartmouth's 5-0 win over NJIT (Sept. 20) every field player on the Dartmouth roster saw action. The win was the largest margin of victory since the Big Green defeated Vermont, 7-0, in 2010. Jill Dayneka (Solon, Ohio) and Ari Kenyon (Hanover, Mass.) made their season debuts in the win.
Big Green Defense Is Shutting Teams DOWN - The Dartmouth backline of Tatiana Saunders (Rye, N.Y.), Aurelia Solomon (Washington, D.C.), Kelly Bach (Charlotte, N.C.) and Jackie Friedman (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) are on a roll. In the Big Green's eight games, the defense is allowing just 10.2 shots per game and is holding opponents to a 0.85 shots percentage. Tatiana Saunders (Rye, N.Y.) has only allowed six goals on the season and hasn't allowed more than two goals in a single game this season. For the season, Dartmouth has recorded three shutouts.
Granite State Bragging Rights - When the Big Green took on New Hampshire on Friday (Sept. 14) bragging rights were on the line and Dartmouth made sure that all those bragging rights stayed in Hanover with a 3-0 victory. The Big Green picked up their third consecutive win over their in-state rival and in dominating fashion. The three goals scored by the Big Green were the most since a 5-0 win over the Wildcats in 2005.
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 DartmouthSports.com throughout the season. You can follow the blog here.
Looking at Princeton - Princeton enters the week with a 5-3-1 record after defeating Saint Peters on Tuesday. The Tigers and reigning Ivy League Player of the Week Jen Hoy are tied with the Big Green atop the Ivy League standings after a 2-1 overtime win at Yale last Saturday. Hoy leads the Princeton offense with nine goals for a team-best 18 points. Caitlin Blosser, with three goals, is the only other player with multiple goals while Jessica Haley has a team-best four assists. Hoy leads the way with 29 shots while Haley (11) and Liana Cornacchio (13) are also in double figures. Four players have seen action in goal for Princeton with Claire Pinciaro and Kristin Watson seeing the most time. Pinciaro has started five games and has a 1.86 goals against average with 19 saves. She is boasting a 3-1-0 record with two shutouts. The series is a close one with the Tigers leading 16-15-1. Dartmouth won last season's match at Burnham, 1-0, but Princeton has won three of the last five meetings.
A Glance at No. 20 Pepperdine - Pepperdine will make a trip to Boston College on Saturday (Sept. 29) before traveling to Hanover for Monday's game. This will be the second meeting between the teams, the Big Green traveled to Malibu to face the Waves in 2010, a 2-1 loss for the Big Green. Entering the weekend, The Waves have won two of its last three games and blanked UC Santa Barbara, 2-0, to remain a perfect 5-0 at home. Amanda LeCave and Anisa Guajardo lead the offense. LeCave has 18 points on nine goals while Guajardo has 17 points on five goals and a team-best seven assists. The Waves have a potent offense with six players recording double-figure shots, including 41 from Lynn Williams. In goal, Roxanne Barker and Erinn Middo have both seen time. Barker has started eight games and has a 1.12 goals against average and 37 saves for a .804 saves percentage. She is 5-3-0 and has three shutouts. Middo has started two games and is 2-0-0.
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Saturday, Oct. 6 - vs. Yale (Burnham Field), 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 9 - at Brown (Providence, R.I.), 7:00 p.m. (Non-Conference)