The Dartmouth women’s soccer team will host Princeton on Saturday afternoon, in the first home matchup in conference play.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Princeton enters the game with an 8-1 record, the only loss to then-No.6 West Virginia. The Tigers began Ivy League play against Yale last weekend, taking a 2-0 win over the Bulldogs. This week they climbed to No. 14 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll, and are first in the conference. Sophomore forward Abby Givens is leading the offense with six goals, followed by Mimi Asom and Courtney O’Brien who have four goals each. Senior Vanessa Gregoire is leading the Ivy League in assists with five, and goalkeeper Natalie Grossi is first in the conference in goals against average and shutouts.
LAST TIME AGAINST PRINCETON
Princeton leads the series against Dartmouth 18-16-2, this weekend’s match will be the 37th meeting between the two teams. In the 2016 season the Tigers won 2-0 on their home field, scoring both goals in the first seven minutes of play.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green are coming off a 1-0 loss to Brown in overtime. Good defense and goalkeeping resulted in a 0-0 score at the end of regulation. Bears’ Star White scored the only goal in the first two minutes of overtime and took the win.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
Freshman keeper Mariel Gordon has played all nine games for Dartmouth and holds an Ivy-best 39 saves, a 4.33 saves per game average and two shutouts.
GETTING OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT
Players in the class of 2021 are making their presence known for the Big Green. Along with Gordon’s performance in the net, fellow freshman Erin Kawakami is tied to lead the team in assists with three this season, and Lorna MacFarlane has also recorded an assist.
WATCH THE ACTION
This weekend’s home game will be streamed on ESPN3 as well as the Ivy League Network, and there will be live stats provided by DartmouthSports.com, for fans who cannot make it.
Looking ahead, Dartmouth will host UMass Lowell on Monday, October 2 at 7 p.m., the last non-conference matchup of the regular season.