GAME DETAILS
Saint Louis 1, Illinois 0
Sunday, August 28, 2016 | 6 p.m.
Robert R. Hermann Stadium | St. Louis, Missouri

THE BASICS
Shaney Sakamoto buried a penalty kick in the fourth minute, and Mary Niehaus made three second-half saves to lead Saint Louis to a 1-0 victory over Illinois Sunday night at Robert R. Hermann Stadium. The Billikens improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2008, tying the second-best start in program history. Illinois fell to 2-2.

SCORING SUMMARY
Shaney Sakamoto (PK), 3:24, SLU 1-0.

BILLIKEN NOTABLES
Shaney Sakamoto’s goal was her second of the season. Sakamoto is now tied for the team scoring lead with six points (2G, 2A) … Mary Niehaus registered her second consecutive shutout … the Billikens out-shot the Illini 10-0 in the first half and finished with a 16-9 advantage in total shots … Danielle Tolmais tied the Saint Louis season high with five shots, including two on goal … Maddie Pokorny fired four shots for a third consecutive game, and Tori Marshall took a season-high three shots … Marshall, Kacey Bright and Mary Niehaus played all 90 minutes.

SAINT LOUIS STARTERS
Mary Niehaus (G), Kacey Bright (D), Carli Bond (D), Isabella Palazzolo (D), Julia Peterson (D), Maddie Pokorny (M), Shaney Sakamoto (M), Tori Marshall (M), Lauren Tondl (M), Cristina Rodriguez (M), Lindsay Sands (F).

SAINT LOUIS SUBSTITUTES
Alyssa Seitzer, Danielle Tolmais, Courtney Reimer, Kirsten Clemens, Evie Lavelle, Alli Klug.

UP NEXT
The Billikens take on Valparaiso Friday, Sept. 2, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.