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The Big Green women's soccer team hosts NJIT in non-conference action on Thursday and open...     By Doug Austin
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Thursday, Sept. 20
- vs. NJIT (Burnham Field), 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 23
- vs. Brown (Burnham Field.), 1:00 p.m.

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The Dartmouth College women's soccer team looks to make it three straight when they host NJIT on Thursday (Sept. 20) at Burnham Field. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. The Big Green will then dive into Ivy League action on Sunday when they host Brown. Game time is set for 1 p.m.

Midweek Action at Burnham - The Big Green women's team will christen midweek action at Burnham Field on Thursday (Sept. 20) when they host the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). It is the first regular-season midweek game at Burnham for either the men or women's squad. The Big Green will play three weekday games this season in addition to Thursday's game, hosting Pepperdine (Oct. 1) and Boston University (Oct. 17) and traveling to Brown (Oct. 9).

#Winning - The Big Green are riding a two-game win streak and have wins in four of its last five games.  With four wins already this season, the Big Green has tied its win total from last year. In addition, Dartmouth is outscoring its opponents, 12-6 and in its last two games has held opponents scoreless. Dartmouth is taking nearly four more shots per game than their opponents and it's paying off in the form of wins!

Delaney Named co-Ivy League Rookie of the Week - Dartmouth freshman Corey Delaney (Chatham, N.J.) picked up her first career Rookie of the Week award on Monday (Sept. 17) after scoring her first collegiate goal in a 3-0 win over Fordham (Sept. 16). The forward has four points on the season after picking up two assists in a win at Maine. She is the first Big Green player to earn Rookie of the Week honors since the 2010 season when teammate Chrissy Lozier (Fairfield, Conn.).

Burnham Magic - Dartmouth is looking to keep its stellar play on its home field going this week. The Big Green is 1-1 at Burnham with its lone loss coming to then-No. 21 Rutgers, 2-1. Heading into this season, the Big Green had a 142-79-20 record and hasn't posted a losing home record since 1987.

Ivy League Opener on Tap - Sunday's game against Brown (Sept. 23) is the Ivy League opener for both squads. Dartmouth is 6-3 over the last nine seasons in Ivy League openers and dropped its opener last season for the first time in three seasons.  

First Time Foe - Thursday's game against NJIT marks the first time the Big Green and Highlanders have met. Dartmouth also took on Fordham for the first time on Sunday. Last season, the Big Green didn't take on any first time opponents.

Streakin' - Several Dartmouth players have active scoring streaks heading into this week's games. Marina Moschitto (Andover, Mass.) and Chrissy Lozier (Fairfield, Conn.) have scored goals in each of Dartmouth's last two games while Emma Brush (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) has recorded points in three of Dartmouth's last four games.

Delaney Makes Her Mark - Reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week Corey Delaney (Chatham, N.J.) finally got into the scoring column against Fordham (Sept. 16). She becomes the first member of the Big Green freshman class to score a goal and already has two assists to her name. She is also one of three rookies to start each game this season.

Tats and Dartmouth Backline are in Sync - Sophomore goalkeeper Tatiana Saunders (Rye, N.Y.) picked up her second consecutive shutout in Dartmouth's win over Fordham on Sunday. The Big Green backline, led by Saunders, have only allowed six goals this season and are shutting down opponents left and right. 

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 throughout the season. You can follow the blog HERE.

Looking at NJIT  -- The Highlanders enter Thursday's contest with a 2-6-2 record after a double overtime 1-1 tie with Iona on Sunday (Sept. 16). The Highlanders are winless in their last four contests with two losses and two ties. Thursday's contest will be the first meeting between the two squads and will also be the first road trip for NJIT since Aug. 31 when they traveled to Temple. NJIT's lone road win was against Saint Peters in its season-opener. Gechi Ukaegbu leads the team with seven points on three goals and one assist. Erin Williams-Weir is next with six points on three goals. Samantha Bersett has spent the majority of the time in net for the Highlanders starting each game and sporting a 1.33 goals against average and making 44 saves. Larissa Beer has also played one game. NJIT will take on Ivy League foes, Penn and Columbia this season.

A Glance at Brown - Brown will take on UMass on Thursday (Sept. 20) before traveling to Hanover for the Ivy League opener. Heading into the weekend, the Bears have won three straight, most recently defeating Sacred Heart, 1-0, moving their overall record to 5-1-0.  Chloe Cross leads the offense with eight points on four goals, classmate Mika Siegelman is next with seven points on three goals and one assist. Cross also leads the team in shots with 25 to her credit. Amber Bledsoe and MC Barrett are splitting time in net. Bledsoe has started each game and sports a .033 goals against average to go with a 3-0-0 record and a .909 saves percentage. Barrett has made 21 saves and has a 0.67 goals against average to go with a 2-1-0 record. The Big Green and Bears have played some close games recently going to overtime last season, resulting in a 1-0 Brown victory. Six of the last seven meetings have been decided by one goal and the all-time series is tied at 17-17-1. 

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.

Saturday, Sept. 29 - at Princeton (Princeton, N.J.), 2:00 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 1 -vs. Pepperdine (Burnham Field.) 2:00 p.m.