Game 1: Dartmouth (0-0) vs. Purdue Boilermakers (2-2)
Date: Friday, September 6, 2013 – 7 p.m.
Location: West Lafayette, Ind. – Boilermaker Soccer Complex

Game 2: Dartmouth (0-0) vs. Northwestern Wildcats (1-1)
Date: Sunday, September 8, 2013 – 2 p.m. ET
Location: Evanston, Ill - Lakeside Field

The Dartmouth women’s soccer team returns to the field as it opens up the 2013 season this weekend with a pair of road contests against two Big Ten opponents. The Big Green will begin with a Friday night game at Purdue before moving over to the Chicago area for a Sunday matinee with Northwestern.

Purdue enters Friday’s game with a 2-2 overall record. The team split its two games in the Boilermaker Challenge Cup to open the year, knocking off Akron, 5-0, before falling 4-3 to Xavier in the second game. A win against Northern Illinois, 4-3, was followed two days later by a 4-1 loss to Kansas in the first road game of the fall. Already this season, Maddy Williams has amassed 11 points on four goals and three assists, while Hadley Stuart’s two goals and six assists give her 10 points, good for second on the team in scoring. Three goalkeepers have already seen action with Ciara Kridler leading the way, making all four starts thus far.

Currently, Northwestern sports an 0-3-1 overall mark with a Thursday night game at Valparaiso still on tap prior to its game with Dartmouth on Sunday.  The team started off the year with a 2-1 overtime loss to Western Illinois, before dropping 4-1 decision to Notre Dame two days later. A 1-1 tie on the road with Northeastern helped the team snap its skid only to fall 2-0 to Boston University on Sept. 1. Katie Langrebe, Suzanne Malherbe and Julie Sierks have scored the only three goals of the season to this point, while Rachel Bergman has gotten the start in three games, posting an 0-2 mark.

After a nine-win turnaround from 2011 to 2012, the Big Green will look to continue their upward trend this fall. With head coach Theresa Romagnolo now in her third season on the sidelines, Dartmouth has returned to its role as an perennial threat to capture the Ivy League crown. Last season, the Green and White were 13-4-0 overall and took second in the conference standings at 6-1.

Seniors Emma Brush, Kim Rose and Marina Moschitto were all tabbed as team captains for the 2013 season. For Rose, this marks her third year in the leadership role, while Brush is taking on the responsibilities for the second year.

Last season, eight Dartmouth players were recognized with spots on the All-Ivy First or Second Teams. An incredible seven of those individuals will be back in uniform this season. Brush, Corey Delaney, Chrissy Lozier and goalkeeper Tatiana Saunders all return after first-team showings. The second-teamers returning included Rose, Moschitto and Jackie Friedman. In addition, Delaney was the league’s unanimous Rookie of the Year, the first for Dartmouth in more than a decade.

The talented group of incoming players that comprise the Class of 2017 include Casey Cousineau, Piper Curtis, Claire Goss, Meredith Gurnee, Jessica Lukas, Holly Patterson, Hannah Petrone and Hayley Snyder. Patterson comes to Hanover from New Zealand where her skills earned her a spot on the national team, becoming one of the youngest players ever to secure a roster spot in her home country. Her 2012 call-up at age 17 came after a standout performance at the 2010 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago.

Dartmouth will look to snap its current skid of season-opening losses with a victory Friday at Purdue. The last time the Green won its first contest of the season came during the 2009 campaign when they knocked off Maine, 3-1, at home.

Following this weekend’s trip through the Midwest, Dartmouth will be back in Hanover to open its home campaign at Burnham Field against Fordham on Friday, Sept. 13. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. under the lights.