BILLIKENS AT RHODE ISLAND SUNDAY FOR A-10 OPENER

 

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 • Noon CDT

WHERE: URI Soccer Complex • Kingston, Rhode Island

RECORDS: SLU 5-3-1; URI 3-3-2

SLU-URI SERIES: SLU leads 11-2 and has won six straight

LAST MEETING: at SLU 1, URI 0 (9/27/18)  RECAP

BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: SLU 1, at Missouri State 0 (Sept. 18)  RECAP

RAMS’ LAST GAME: at Dartmouth 2, URI 0 (Sept. 19)  RECAP

GAME NOTES: Saint Louis | Rhode Island

LIVE STATS: StatBroadcast (there will be no video stream for this game)

 

UP NEXT FOR THE BILLIKENS: at VCU • Thursday, Sept. 26 • 6 p.m. CDT • Richmond, Virginia

 

A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS

• Ranked No. 7 in this week's United Soccer Coaches East Region poll, Saint Louis begins Atlantic 10 Conference play Sunday, Sept. 22, against Rhode Island. Game time is noon (CDT).

Sunday's contest is the second of three consecutive road games for SLU. The Billikens won 1-0 at Missouri State Wednesday night – extending their unbeaten streak to three – and play at VCU Thursday night.

• Saint Louis has turned up the defensive intensity, recording a shutout in each of its last three games to bring its season total to five. The Billikens had a school-record 13 clean sheets in each of the past two seasons.
Sunday's game is the 14th meeting between SLU and Rhode Island. Saint Louis owns an 11-2 series lead and has won six straight, including a 1-0 victory in St. Louis last year.
Goalkeeper Mary Niehaus is the Atlantic 10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week for Sept. 9-15. Niehaus leads the A-10 in GAA (0.37), save percentage (.897) and shutouts (five).

• Saint Louis is enjoying the offensive balance it featured the past two years. Eight different player combinations have accounted for the Billikens’ eight assisted goals this season.

• Last Sunday's draw vs. Purdue gave the Billikens a 29-1-5 record in their last 35 games at Robert R. Hermann Stadium, a stretch that dates to the final home game of the 2015 season.

Hannah Friedrich (3G, 1A) leads the Bills with seven points, while Anna Lawler (2G) is second with four points. Friedrich and Lawler are tied for the league lead in game-winning goals (two).

Friedrich also is tied for seventh in goals and 10th in points in the A-10. Evie Lavelle is tied for fifth in assists (three).

With 33 wins in goal, Mary Niehaus needs one more victory to tie Amanda Martin (2003-05) for second place on the Saint Louis career list.

After winning Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season and tournament titles and posting a school-record 18 wins a year ago, the Billikens were selected to finish atop the league again in the A-10 head coaches' preseason poll. Seven starters and 10 additional players are back from SLU’s 2018 team.

Senior defender Alli Klug appears on the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List for a second straight season. Klug also is one of four Billikens on the A-10 preseason All-Conference team, joining senior goalkeeper Mary Niehaus, senior midfielder Courtney Reimer and sophomore forward Hannah Friedrich.

Saint Louis will host the semifinals and final of the 2019 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship Friday and Sunday, Nov. 8 and 10. Four first-round games will be played on the home fields of the top four teams in the final regular-season standings, with the winners advancing to SLU's Robert R. Hermann Stadium.

 

A LOOK AT THE RAMS

• Rhode Island's most notable result this season is a 1-1 draw at Pittsburgh.

The Rams have allowed only six goals this season. 

• Freshman forward Brooke Cavino leads Rhode Island with two goals, while freshman defender Kelly Fitzgerald has a team-high two assists.

• Freshman Teresa Morrissey has played every minute in goal.