WOMEN’S SOCCER PREVIEW: Saint Joseph’s at Saint Louis
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 • 1 p.m. CDT
WHERE: Robert R. Hermann Stadium • St. Louis, Missouri
RECORDS: SLU 10-1-1, 2-1 Atlantic 10; Saint Joseph’s 6-3-2, 1-1-1 Atlantic 10
SLU-SAINT JOSEPH’S SERIES: SLU leads 4-3-3 overall; series tied 1-1-2 in St. Louis
SLU-SAINT JOSEPH’S LAST MEETING: at Saint Joseph’s 2, SLU 1 (Oct. 20, 2016) RECAP
BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: SLU 2, at Davidson 0 (Sept. 28) RECAP
HAWKS’ LAST GAME: at Saint Joseph’s 2, George Mason 2 (Sept. 28) RECAP
UP NEXT FOR THE BILLIKENS: Dayton • Thursday, Oct. 5 • 7 p.m. CDT • Hermann Stadium
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A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
• Saint Louis plays the first of two consecutive Atlantic 10 Conference home games Sunday afternoon when defending A-10 regular-season champion Saint Joseph’s comes to Hermann Stadium.
• The Billikens bring a 15-game Hermann Stadium unbeaten streak, dating to the final game of the 2015 season, into Sunday’s contest.
• Saint Louis leads the A-10 in points (6.92/game), goals (2.42/game), assists (2.08/game), shots (17.50/game), corner kicks (8.00/game), goals against average (0.49) and shutouts (eight).
• Mary Niehaus leads the conference in GAA (0.53), is tied for first in shutouts (six) and ranks fourth in save percentage (.850).
• Alyssa Seitzer is tied for the A-10 lead in assists (0.50/game) and game-winning goals (three). Seitzer is tied for third in points (1.17/game).
• Maddie Pokorny is second in the league in goals (0.50/game), tied for third in points (1.17/game) and fourth in shots (2.83/game).
• The Billikens are among the top 30 teams in the nation in corner kicks (sixth), winning percentage (.875, ninth), shots on goal (9.00/game, ninth), shutout percentage (.667, 13th), GAA (18th), goals (21st), shots (22nd), points (23rd) and save percentage (.860, 27th). Mary Niehaus is 10th in shutouts and 24th in GAA nationally, while Alyssa Seitzer is 18th in game-winning goals.
• In a balanced Saint Louis attack, 11 different players have scored at least one goal; 14 different Billikens have at least one goal or one assist; and 21 different player combinations have accounted for SLU’s 24 assisted goals. Click here for SLU’s complete statistics.
• Seven different Billikens have earned an A-10 weekly award this season. SLU has had at least one honoree in all but one week, and at least two players have been recognized in each category – Offensive, Defensive and Rookie.
• The Billikens are 24-5-3 since the beginning of the 2016 season.
• Katie Shields owns a 46-34-8 record in her fifth season as head coach.
A LOOK AT THE HAWKS
• Saint Joseph’s, which was picked to finish third in the 2017 A-10 race, is coming off a 2-2 draw with George Mason Thursday night. The Hawks defeated Richmond 2-0 and fell 3-2 in overtime to La Salle in their first two conference games.
• Eight starters and 10 additional letter winners returned from the 2016 Saint Joseph’s team that went 18-2-2 overall and finished first (9-0-1) in the A-10 regular-season standings. The Hawks lost to Dayton in the A-10 Championship title match.
• Junior forward Dakota Mills captured A-10 Offensive Player of the Year accolades last season, while sophomore forward Gabrielle Vagnozzi snared the league’s Rookie of the Year award. Other notable returnees are junior defender Paige Bergman (All-Conference second team) and sophomore goalkeeper Cameron Perrott (A-10 All-Rookie team).
• Vagnozzi (5G, 2A) leads Saint Joseph’s with 12 points, while Morgan Bower (4G, 2A) and Hannah Racis (4G, 2A) are close behind with 10 points apiece. Click here for the Hawks’ statistics and results.
• Head coach Jess Mannella, the 2016 A-10 Coach of the Year, is in her 17th season at the helm.