Billikens Bounce Butler; Claim No. 2 Seed in A-10 Tourney
ST. LOUIS - Saint Louis men's soccer scored two goals in each half to post a 4-0 win against Atlantic 10 Conference foe Butler Sunday afternoon in the Billikens' regular-season finale at Robert R. Hermann Stadium.
The win gives the Billikens (13-4, 7-1 A-10) the No. 2 seed at next week's Atlantic 10 Conference Championship in Charlotte, N.C. SLU will take on No. 7 La Salle Thursday, Nov. 8, at 10 a.m. (CT).
Prior to Sunday's match, SLU recognized Jordan Gladstone, Joda Holloway, Nick Maglasang, Michael Robson, Dillon Saffle, Jonathan Svigos and Alex Sweetin as part of Senior Day festivities.
"I though we did well," SLU head coach Mike McGinty said. "Senior Day can be an emotional day, and I thought the guys really wanted to send this group out on a high note. That is a very good Butler team, they had their whole season to play for, so to come out with a 4-0 victory isn't easy. It was a really good performance."
The first half was evenly played for the majority until the Billikens struck twice late in the half. SLU sophomore Kingsley Bryce opened the scoring when he deflected a corner kick by freshman David Graydon.
Less than a minute later, sophomore Robbie Kristo scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season off a sequence from Bryce and senior Michael Robson. The Billikens took the 2-0 lead into halftime.
SLU maintained its momentum into the second half and scored again in the 59th minute. Kristo sent a ball to junior Alex Sweetin in the box, and he fired to the keepers' left for the game's third score.
Junior Adnan Gabeljic completed the scoring late in the match, scoring on a ball from senior Jonathan Svigos to make it a 4-0 final.
Junior Nick Shackelford and Dillon Saffle combined on the shutout, with Shackelford making four saves and Saffle stopping one.
If the Billikens win Thursday, they advance to face No. 3 Xavier or No. 6 Dayton on Friday, Nov. 9, at 4 p.m. (CT). The A-10 title match is schedule for Sunday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m. (CT) and will be televised on CBS Sports Network. The complete bracket is available at the link above.
Saint Louis enters the A-10 Championship having out-scored its opponents 9-0 in the last two matches. SLU is No. 10 in the latest NCAA RPI and ranked as high as No. 17 (Soccer America) in the national polls.