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Women's Soccer Opens 2012 in Sunshine State

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2012 Women's Soccer Team      By Mark Washburn
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Friday, Aug. 31
- at UCF (Orlando, Fla.), 7:30 p.m. - UCF Tournament
Sunday, Sept. 2
- vs. South Florida (Orland0, Fla.), 12:00 p.m. - UCF Tournament

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The Dartmouth College women's soccer team opens up the 2012 season at the UCF Tournament. The Big Green will take on host and ninth-ranked UCF, on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and will close tournament action against South Florida on Sunday at 12: 00 p.m.  Georgia is also in the tournament field.

Lets Get it Started -- Dartmouth opens its 33rd season of intercollegiate women's soccer this weekend. The Big Green owns a 272-215-40 record entering this weekend's season-opener. Dartmouth has played 527 games and is approaching its 300th program victory. Head coach Theresa Wagner Romagnolo is entering her second season at the helm of the program.

For Openers - For the second consecutive season, the Big Green will open the season on the road. Last season, Dartmouth did a tour of Texas with season-opening games against Texas A&M and Texas. The Big Green is looking for its first season-opening win since 2009. Dartmouth is seeking its first win in a season-opening road game since besting Virginia Commonwealth, 3-1, in the 2005 opener.

Tournament Action - This weekend's UCF Tournament marks the first tournament the Big Green have participated in since the 2010 season when they hosted the Dartmouth Nike Tournament. It will be the Big Green's first road tournament since 2009 when they played at the Nike Virginia Classic and the Oregon State Classic. Dartmouth won the Nike Virginia Classic with wins over West Virginia and Seton Hall.

Welcome to the Team! - This season Dartmouth welcomes seven new faces to the women's soccer team. Joining the women's soccer family are: Kelly Bach (Charlotte, N.C.), Jill Dayneka (Solon, Ohio), Corey Delaney (Chatham, N.J.), Jackie Friedman (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), Catherine Granville (Bethesda, Md.), Lucielle Kozlov (Vancouver, Canada), Kristen Vondrak (Palos Verdes, Calif.). Kozlov's arrival from our Northern neighbors in Canada marks the return of a international player on the roster. Dartmouth last had an international on the roster in 2010 in Meagan Tibbio who hailed from Ottawa, Ontario.

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.

Hittin' the Road Early - Dartmouth opens the season playing four of its first six games away from the friendly confines of Burnham Field. The Big Green will play its first three games on the road before hosting Rutgers (Sept. 9) and New Hampshire (Sept. 14) and will close the non-conference road schedule with a trip to the Bronx to take on Fordham (Sept. 16).  Dartmouth played 10 road games last season and has eight on the schedule this season.

Heavy Hitters on Tap - The Big Green continue to take on some of the top non-conference competition during the non-conference schedule. This season, Dartmouth will face three teams that received votes in the NSCAA preseason poll released on Aug. 7.  Included in that group is Pepperdine (No. 10), UCF (No. 12) and Boston University (No. 23).  Of that group, Dartmouth will host Pepperdine and BU.  Additionally, the Big Green will tangle with four teams that participated in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, led by the UCF Knights, which reached the quarterfinals.

Looking No. 9 UCF  -- UCF enters Friday's matchup with a 3-1 record after defeating in-state rival, No 12 Miami, 1-0, on Sunday in Orlando, Fla. Friday's game marks the first-ever meeting between the teams. Nicolette Radovcic and Jennifer Martin lead the offense with two goals each while Lianne Maldonado is sporting a 0.56 goals against average in 320:00 minutes of action in net. The Knights are coming off a 2011 season in which they reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. They are currently ranked No. 9 in the latest NSCAA Coaches Poll.

Scouting South Florida - The Big Green will also be meeting South Florida for the first time in program history at the UCF Tournament. The Bulls own a 2-1 record entering this weekend's tournament. South Florida has defeated Miami and Indiana and took a 3-1 loss to tournament host UCF.  The Bulls will face Georgia to open the tournament on Friday before squaring off with the Big Green on Sunday. Sharla Passariello leads the offense with seven points on three goals and one assist while Christiane Endler has a 1.00 goals against average in 270:00 minutes in net.

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.

Friday, Sept. 7 - at Maine (Orono, Maine), 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 9 -Rutgers (Hanover, N.H.) 4:30 p.m.