THIS WEEK - Saint Louis women's soccer (1-3-2) has two games on this week's docket. Iowa (8-0-0) comes to Robert R. Hermann Stadium Wednesday, Sept. 12, for a 5 p.m. first whistle. The Billikens travel across the Mississippi River Sunday, Sept. 16, to take on SIUE (3-2-1) at 1 p.m.
TICKET INFORMATION - Tickets for all women's soccer home games at Robert R. Hermann Stadium can be purchased at the gate, by phone at (314) 977-4SLU or online at www.slubillikens.com. Prices for single-game tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. Groups of 20 or more receive discounted tickets for $4 apiece. Students with a valid SLU ID card receive free admission.
FOLLOWING THE ACTION - All Billiken home games this season will be video streamed live on the Internet at www.slubillikens.com. Subscriptions are available for $79.95 annually or $9.95 a month. Live statistics will be offered free of charge for every home game. Live stats and subscription video will be available for the SIUE game as well. Video and live stats links may be found in the schedule boxes located just below the main photo on www.slubillikens.com.
LAST WEEK - The Billikens recorded a tie and a loss at the UMKC Tournament. Jamei Borges scored her second goal of the season and Katie Walsh made five saves in a 1-1 tie against UMKC Sept. 7. Jenny Hummert, assisted by Lindsay Elking, picked up her second goal of the year in a 2-1 loss to Florida Gulf Coast Sept. 9.
ABOUT THE BILLIKENS - Jenny Hummert and Jamei Borges have scored two goals apiece, and Maddie Gebauer has tallied once. Lindsay Elking has two assists, while Alli Reimer has one helper. Goalkeeper Katie Walsh owns a 1.09 goals against average and two shutouts.
BILLIKENS IN THE A-10 STATS - Saint Louis is tied for third in the Atlantic 10 Conference with two shutouts and ranks fourth with a 1.09 GAA. Katie Walsh is tied for second in shutouts (two) and ranks sixth in GAA (1.09), Lindsay Elking is tied for seventh in assists (two), and Jenny Hummert and Jamei Borges are tied for eighth in goals (two).
THE NEW BOSS - Kat Mertz, who has made nine NCAA Tournament appearances in four collegiate coaching stints covering 13 seasons, was named the second head coach in Saint Louis women's soccer history Feb. 3, 2012. She has a 50-42-21 career record. Mertz came to SLU following two seasons as an assistant coach at Texas, where she helped lead the Longhorns to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths. Prior to her stint in Austin, Mertz served five seasons as head coach at UNLV. She compiled a 49-39-19 record and led the Rebels to two NCAA Tournament appearances, two Mountain West Conference Tournament titles and the MWC regular-season crown in 2007, when she was named the league's Coach of the Year. Mertz was the lead assistant coach at UCLA for five years, helping the Bruins reach the NCAA Tournament round of 16 every year and the NCAA College Cup in 2000, 2003 and 2004. She began her collegiate coaching career in 1999 as an assistant at Virginia. Mertz also has extensive coaching experience with the U.S. Women's Youth National Team and the Olympic Development Program.
A LOOK AT IOWA - At 8-0-0, the Hawkeyes are off to the second-best start in program history. Iowa has outscored its opponents 27-3 and has five shutouts. Cloe Lacasse leads the team in goals (10), assists (four) and points (24), and Ashley Catrell has five goals and two assists for 12 points. Katie Nasenbenny and Dana Dalrymple have netted three goals apiece, while Melanie Pickert has chipped in three assists. Hannah Clark (0.26 GAA, .900 save percentage) and Meg Goodson (0.67 GAA, .889 save percentage) have shared the bulk of the playing time in goal.
THE IOWA SERIES - SLU leads the series with Iowa 2-1-1 and is 2-0-0 vs. the Hawkeyes at Hermann Stadium. In the most recent meeting, the teams battled to a 0-0 draw two years ago in Iowa City.
A LOOK AT SIUE - The Cougars are 3-0-1 since beginning the season with two losses. Michelle Auer leads SIUE with five points (2G, 1A), while Kristen Dailey, Katye Skrivan and Samantha Jones have a goal apiece. Jennifer Pelley (0.42 GAA, .920 save percentage) and Courtney Vonderhaar (1.20 GAA) have shared duties between the posts.
THE SIUE SERIES - The Billikens and Cougars played to a 0-0 tie last season at Hermann Stadium in the first meeting between the teams.
HERMANN STADIUM - Billiken women's soccer is tough to beat at Robert R. Hermann Stadium. Since the facility re-opened in 1999, the Bills are 86-27-15 (.730) at home, including 50-10-7 (.799) in league play.A LOOK AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK - Saint Louis plays just once next week. The Billikens travel to Chicago to face DePaul Thursday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m.