By: Rick Bender
HANOVER, N.H. — The third week of “Big Green Classic” — live streams of Dartmouth fall sporting events from the recent past with commentary from some of the players and coaches — will feature a 2017 men’s soccer game between the Big Green and Princeton. The event will be streamed Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. on the Dartmouth Sports YouTube channel with alumnus Eduvie Ikoba ’19 and current senior Dawson McCartney ’21, along with the Bobby Clark Head Coach, Bo Oshoniyi, joining host Brett Franklin to discuss the game and their Dartmouth experiences.
The Big Green were playing their Ivy League opener when hosting the Tigers on Sept. 30, 2017, and came into the contest having with a 5-2 record, including victories in their past five games. This was a robust offensive squad that ended the season leading the Ancient Eight in scoring with 33 goals in 17 gamesPrinceton, on the other hand, was off to a rough start at 1-4-2, but eventually rebounded to finish the 2017 campaign in a tie for third place in the conference standings.
Ikoba, a forward from Bettendorf, Iowa, was a junior on that squad and went on to be named to the All-Ivy League First Team for the first of two times in his career, while also earning all-region second team honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). He ranked among the league’s top three in goals (8, second), goals per game (0.47, second) and points per game (1.12, third) to earn those accolades, and currently the recent graduate is playing overseas in Solvakia.
A midfielder hailing from Voorhees, New Jersey, McCartney was just a freshman on that 2017 squad but immediately made an impact on the team, starting 14 of the 17 games. By the end of the campaign, he was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year as he tied teammate Justin Donawa ’19 for the conference lead with eight assists while scoring a pair of goals as well. In his first three seasons with the Big Green, McCartney has twice been named to the All-Ivy League Second Team while scoring eight goals — including the game-winner against UMass — and assisting on 14 others.
Be sure to tune in to the Dartmouth Sports YouTube channel on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. to watch the game unfold and hear insight on the strategies and behind-the-scenes discussions.