Billikens Strike Late, Blank Evansville 2-0
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Saint Louis scored twice in 21 seconds late in the second half and registered its first victory of the season, a 2-0 triumph over Evansville Friday afternoon at McCutchan Stadium.
Freshman midfielder Jamie Borges (Woodridge, Ill./Benet) gave the Billikens a 1-0 lead with her first career goal, unassisted, at the 72:08 mark. Borges collected a loose ball and beat Evansville goalkeeper Chaviel Harrison.
Junior forward Jenny Hummert (Wildwood, Mo./St. Joseph's) doubled the Saint Louis lead at 72:29 with her first goal of the season. Hummert took a short pass from senior midfielder Alli Reimer (St. Charles, Mo./Duchesne) on a free kick and banged a shot past Harrison.
The Billikens (1-1-1) dominated the action, especially in the second half. SLU's 22-8 advantage in shots included a 14-4 edge after the break. The Bills put 12 shots on frame to four for Evansville (0-2).
Hummert led the way with four shots, including three on goal. Junior forward Maddie Gebauer (Cedar Hill, Mo./St. Joseph's) and freshman midfielder Katelyn Hammarlund (Arlington Heights, Ill./St. Viator) each tallied three total shots and two shots on goal, while sophomore forward Lindsay Elking (St. Louis, Mo./Ursuline) launched three shots.
Senior goalkeeper Katie Walsh (Chesterfield, Mo./Whitfield) made three saves to chalk up her second consecutive shutout and 16th of her career. Harrison made 10 saves for the Purple Aces.
"Our team did well tonight, and it was nice to get our first victory on the road, especially a shutout," head coach Kat Mertz said. "We put some things together in the first half, but Evansville came out strong and made it tough for us to break them down defensively. Then in the second half we really went after them in the attacking third.
"We got a great performance tonight by Maddie Gebauer," Mertz said, "and Alli Reimer did a fantastic job and showed leadership in the midfield. Now we're ready to come home and play our first game at Hermann Stadium against Marquette."The Billikens host nationally ranked Marquette Sunday, Aug. 26, at Hermann Stadium. First whistle is at 5:30 p.m. There will be two men's games in the Billiken Classic beginning at noon, and one ticket is good for all three contests.