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Women's Soccer Heads to Harvard

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By John Quackenbos
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Saturday, Oct. 29 - at Harvard (Cambridge, Mass.), 1:00 p.m.

The Dartmouth College women's soccer team (3-11-0, 1-4-0 Ivy) hit the road for its last road trip of the season when it travels to Cambridge, Mass., for a matchup with Harvard. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. at Harvard's Soldier Field Stadium.

Wilkins Picks Up Third Goal - Freshman forward Tasha Wilkins (Portland, Ore.) picked up her team-leading third goal of the season in Dartmouth's 2-1 loss to Columbia on Saturday (Oct. 22). Wilkins, who missed four games midway though the season, has come off the bench in each of Dartmouth's last two contests. She leads the Big Green offense with six points on three goals.

Taking the Terriers to the Wire - The Dartmouth women's soccer team played No. 16 Boston University to 80 minutes of scoreless soccer before falling to the Terriers, 2-0. In games against nationally or regionally ranked opponents, Dartmouth hasn't allowed more than two goals and took Rutgers (Sept. 11) to overtime.

End of Non-Conference Slate - With last week's game against Boston University, the Big Green concluded the non-conference slate with a 2-8 record. Dartmouth recorded wins over Maine and Vermont in non-conference action.

Final Road Trip of the Season - This week's game at Harvard marks the Big Green's final road trip of the season. Dartmouth has played nine road games this season and is looking for its first road win of the season when they square off against the Crimson on Saturday. Dartmouth has only scored two goals on the road this season against Colgate (Sept. 20) and Yale (Oct. 8).

Looking to End the Skid - Dartmouth enters Saturday's game winless in its last four contests and is hoping to sneak up on league leader, Harvard, who is undefeated in Ivy League action with a 4-0-1 record. The teams have split the last two meetings with each squad winning on its home field, but each game has been close with the winner not scoring more than two goals in the contest. Three of the last four meetings have been decided by one goal and the 2008 season featured a 1-1 double overtime tie.

Another Ranked Foe on Tap - Dartmouth is taking on its seventh opponent this season that is ranked either regionally or nationally. The Crimson enter this week as the No. 5 team in the Mid-Atlantic region, just ahead of Ivy League foe, Penn. The Big Green have also faced ranked opponents, Texas A&M, Rutgers, Boston College, UMass, Penn and Boston University.

Big Green Offense Looking for Goals - This season Dartmouth has scored a total of seven goals while allowing 23 goals.  This season, Dartmouth is averaging 0.50 goals per game, the lowest goals per game average for the Big Green in the last four seasons.

Captain, My Captain - The Big Green have named three upperclassmen as captains for the 2011 season. Seniors Ally Dutton (Granite Bay, Calif.) and Erin Fleischli (San Mateo, Calif.) and junior Kim Rose (Seaford, N.Y.) will wear the captain's armband this season.

Looking at Harvard  -- Harvard enters Saturday's contest with a 10-4-1, 4-0-1 Ivy League record after defeating Princeton, 2-1, in its last outing. The Crimson lead the all-time series 16-14-1 but the teams have split the last two meetings, Dartmouth posted a 3-2 win last season in Hanover and Harvard won 2-1 in Cambridge during the 2009 season. Melanie Baskind leads the Crimson offense with seven goals and seven assists for a team leading 21 points. Meg Casscells-Hamby has 13 points on four goals and five assists. Freshman goalkeeper, Bethany Kanten owns a 7-2-1 record and has a 1.04 goals against average with 34 saves on the season.

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, Nov. 5- vs. Cornell (Burnham Field), 2:30 p.m. (Senior Day)