Friday, Sept. 20 – Kentucky (Eugene E. Stone III Stadium), 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 22 – South Carolina (Eugene E. Stone III Stadium), 1:30 pm.
The Dartmouth men’s soccer team heads down to South Carolina for an in-season tournament hosted by the Gamecocks in Columbia, South Carolina. The Big Green will meet Conference USA affiliate members Kentucky and host South Carolina on Friday and Sunday, respectively. This will be the southernmost destination on the schedule in the regular-season.
The Week That Was –Men’s soccer continues to thrive early on this season and have yet to fall in defeat in four tries. The Big Green finished week two of competition with a 2-0-1 record, all coming from Burnham Field. Massachusetts’ institutions Boston College and UMass fell victim to the powerful offense set forth by first-year boss Chad Riley. The lone draw came against a scrappy Lafayette team.
NH Comics Alex and Robin - Alex Adelabu and Robin Alnas have become the go-to threats for the Big Green this season. Adelabu’s two goals and five points lead the team in scoring, while Alnas sits in second with two goals and four points. The duo has combined for 15 shots this season and each had a hand in both DC victories.
Its Not Always Free – Sunday’s victory over Massachusetts was the first game this season that did not go into extra time. The three prior home games for the Big Green extended into the second overtime period, with the Big Green recording a 1-0-2 slate in OT.
No Goals For You – The last line of defense is always the most important piece of the puzzle for any coaching staff and team to assemble. Coach Riley has been granted two capable goalkeepers to keep the ball out of the goal. In Dartmouth’s first week of play, sophomore Stefan Cleveland was named the Ivy League Player of the Week after securing a 1-1 tie with Holy Cross. This past week, freshman James Hickok was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for his two wins and first collegiate shutout against UMass.
Hi Johan! – Former Dartmouth assistant coach Johan Cedergren enters his Kentucky squad into this weekend’s tournament with a 2-2 record. Just like the Big Green, the Wildcats opened up the season with two straight overtime contest, however, Kentucky finished with a pair of ties. UK split its next four games with two wins and two losses. Isak Krogstad leads the team with six points and Callum Irving has two shutouts in goal.
SC Pride - Tournament host South Carolina has struggled a bit out of the gates this season with a 2-4 record. During their recent New York Metropolitan area trip, the Gamecocks fell to #12 St. John’s 1-0 and Rutgers 3-0. Both of their wins on the season came on Eugene E. Stone III Stadium against East Tennessee State and High Point. JP Rafferty leads the team with two goals and four points. The Gamecocks have utilized three netminders this season, with Robert Beebe and Marco Velez playing in four games each. Beebe is 2-1 with a 1.32 goals against average, while Velez is 0-2 with a 2.69 GAA
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 - The Big Green will return to the Granite State for a three-game stand with Albany, Vermont and Princeton.
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