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Women Travel to Maine; Host No. 21 Rutgers

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By Doug Austin
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Friday, Sept. 7
- at Maine (Orono, Maine), 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 9
- vs. Rutgers (Burnham Field), 4:30 p.m.

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The Dartmouth College women's soccer team concludes its three-game season-opening road swing at Maine on Friday (Sept. 7). Kickoff against the Black Bears is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. The Big Green opens the home slate on Sunday (Sept. 9) against Rutgers in the second game of a doubleheader with the men's team. Game time is set for 4:30 p.m.

Home Sweet Burnham - This weekend will mark the return of the Dartmouth women's soccer team to Burnham Field. The Big Green posted a 4-2-0 record on their home field in 2011 and haven't won less than three games at home in each of the last 24 seasons. In fact, the Big Green has only had seven seasons in which they have had losing home records.

For Home Openers - Dartmouth is looking for its second consecutive home-opening win and its eighth win in the last 10 seasons. The Big Green dropped their home opener in 2010, but prior to that had won six consecutive home-opening games.

Ranked Foe on the Horizon - The Big Green will be facing their second ranked foe this season when No. 21 Rutgers makes the trip to Hanover. The Big Green has already taken on No. 9 UCF, falling 2-0, in the season-opener on Aug. 31. Dartmouth will also host Pepperdine (Oct. 1) who is currently ranked No. 10 in addition to the Scarlet Knights.

Collegiate Debuts - In the opening weeken of action five Big Green freshmen made their collegiate debuts. Kelly Bach (Charlotte, N.C.), Corey Delaney (Chatham, N.J.), Lucielle Kozlov (Vancouver, British Columbia), and Jackie Friedman (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) started both games in Florida while Catherine Granville (Bethesda, Md.) came off the bench in both contests.

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.

The Streak Is Over - Entering Sunday's game against South Florida the Big Green had dropped 10 consecutive road/neutral games, but that streak ended with its 2-1 win over the Bulls. The win was also the first road/neutral site win for head coach Theresa Romagnolo.

Offense is Heating Up - With Dartmouth's two goals against South Florida on Friday it marked the first time since scoring two goals against Vermont last season, the Big Green scored multiple goals, a span of 14 games. Last season, the Big Green had 10 games that were decided by one goal.

New Jersey Connections - When Dartmouth takes on Rutgers, freshman Corey Delaney (Chatham, N.J.) will be seeing some familiar faces as she grew up in Chatham, N.J. Delaney is the lone member of the Big Green squad from the Garden State.

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 Maine  -- Maine enters Friday's match up with a 3-2 -0 record after picking up wins over South Carolina State and Francis Marion at the South Carolina State Bulldog Classic last weekend.  Dartmouth owns the series edge with the Bears, 4-2-1, and has won each of the last three meetings between the teams. The Big Green is looking for their second consecutive win in Orono. The Black Bears are led by Jordan Pellerin and Nikki Misener who each have five points on the season on two goals and one assist. In goal, Lauren Swant and Megan Price-Leibenzeder have both seen action. Swant leads the way with a 0.96 goals against average and 21 saves for a 2-1-0 record while Price-Leibenzeder is 0-1-0 in 90 minutes of action. The teams will take on two common opponents in Boston University and New Hampshire.

A Glance at No. 21 Rutgers - Rutgers has a 5-1-0 record entering Sunday's game at Dartmouth and will take on Stony Brook at home on Friday (Sept. 7) before making the trip to Hanover. The Scarlet Knights are currently ranked No. 21 in the latest NSCAA Coaches Poll and lead the all-time series with the Big Green 1-0 after the teams met for the first time last season. Jonelle Filigno leads the offense with five goals and an assist for a team-best 11 points. She has also netted three game-winning goals. In net, Emmy Simpkins and Jessica Janosz have both seen action. Simpkins has started each game and is boasting a 0.86 goals against average while Janosz is equally impressive with a 0.76 goals against average and a 4-0-0 record. The Scarlet Knights and Big Green have one common opponent in South Florida. Rutgers will take on the Bulls Sept. 21 while Dartmouth defeated them, 2-1, last Sunday (Sept. 2).

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. 14 - New Hampshire (Hanover, N.H.), 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 16 -at Fordham (Bronx, N.Y.) 12:00 p.m.