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Big Green Welcomes Albany and Soccer Alumni On Saturday

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By John and Matt Risley
This Week in Dartmouth Men’s Soccer

Saturday, Sept. 28 — 4 p.m.
Dartmouth Big Green (3-0-3, 0-0 Ivy) vs.
Albany Great Danes (1-5-2, 0-0 AE)
Location: Hanover, N.H. — Burnham Field
All-Time Series: First Meeting

The Dartmouth men’s soccer team will play its only game of the week, when they meet the Albany Great Danes for the first time in program history on Saturday afternoon. Albany enters the game with a 1-5-2 record.  This contest is a special occasion for all former players, as Big Green men’s soccer turns 100. 

Co-Champions Down South

The Green were named co-champions of the South Carolina Tournament with South Florida. The Green and White and the Bulls were named co-champions due to tie breaking procedures, as both had the same number of goals for and goals against and did not face each other head-to-head. Dartmouth then won a coin toss to determine which team was awarded the four All-Tournament Team member (Colin Skelly, Justin Rosner, Stefan Defregger and Gabe Stauber) and Offensive MVP (Stauber).

My Old Sweet Kentucky Home -

In a 3-1 victory over the Wildcats of Kentucky, the team from the Upper Valley capitalized on a corner kick opportunity set by  Defregger to take a 1-0 lead. The set piece volleyed to the boot of junior Colin Heffron from 10 yards out in the 13th minute. Stauber and freshman Alexander Marsh also scored for the Big Green in the win.  Stauber received a cross from sophomore Alberto Gorini in the 52nd minute and Marsh blasted a shot from the far side in the 79th minute.  Sophomore Stefan Cleveland made five saves in the win.

Scoreless Ties Are No Fun -

The Big “D” played to a scoreless tie with tournament host South Carolina on Sunday. Freshman James Hickok made six saves, en route to his second consecutive Ivy League Rookie of the Week award.

State Capital of New York For 100

The Capital Region’s Great Danes have started off slow so far entering Saturday’s tilt.  After falling to fellow Albany neighbor Siena, 2-1 (2OT), on Wednesday evening, the Great Danes sit at 1-5-2 through eight matches.  Albany’s only victory of the season came against nationally ranked #22 Fairleigh Dickinson on Sept. 15.  A lack of offense has haunted this team thus far, having scored more than two goals just three times this season.

Sideline Shakeup

In the spring, top assistant Chad Riley was promoted and named the 10th head coach of the Big Green men’s soccer program. Assistant Chase Wileman was promoted and the team added Ryan Fahey to the staff.

Looking Forward

Dartmouth will remain home for games against Vermont on Tuesday at 6 pm and Princeton next Saturday at 4:30 pm before a three-game swing on the road.

Keep Up With the Big Green --

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