Saint Louis (7-7-3) vs. Dayton (7-8-3)
Thursday, Nov. 10 :: 10 a.m. (CT) :: Davidson, N.C.
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WHAT’S ON TAP?
-- A-10 regular-season champion Saint Louis plays in the lid-lifter of the 2016 Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Soccer Championship on Thursday, taking on eight-seeded Dayton at 10 a.m. (CT) in Davidson, North Carolina.
-- Earlier this season, the Billikens defeated the Flyers 1-0 in Dayton, Ohio. Saadiq Mohammed scored the game-winning goal for the Billikens in the first half.
-- If the Billikens win Thursday, they would play either #4 UMass or #5 VCU Friday at 4 p.m. The A-10 Championship game is Sunday at 11 a.m. The match will be televised in St. Louis on KPLR-11.
ABOUT THE BILLIKENS
-- Saint Louis enters the Championship with a 7-7-3 overall record. The Billikens won their first six A-10 games to take control in the league. SLU wrapped up the regular-season crown and No. 1 seed for the Championship prior to its last regular-season tilt against George Washington.
-- Senior Joe Saad leads the team in scoring with 12 points (3G, 4A). Senior Max Karcher follows with eight points (3G, 2A), while freshman Saadiq Mohammed has seven points (3G, 1A).
-- Junior Sascha Otte, who missed seven games in the regular season due to injury, returned to play in the regular-season finale against George Washington. He has a 1.22 goals against average and has made 46 saves.
FOUR BILLIKENS TABBED ALL-CONFERENCE; MCGINTY NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR
-- Four Billikens were named All-Conference on Wednesday. Additionally, SLU head coach Mike McGinty was named the A-10 Coach of the Year.
-- Earning second-team All-Conference plaudits were senior forward Joe Saad and redshirt-junior midfielder Max Karcher. Forward Saadiq Mohammed and defender Quayyum Murana were named to the A-10 All-Rookie team. Karcher, a business administration major, also earned a spot on the A-10’s All-Academic team.
A-10 CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
-- Saint Louis has claimed at least a share of the A-10 regular-season title five times since joining the league in 2005.
-- This is the fifth time Saint Louis has captured the No. 1 seed in the A-10 Championship.
-- The Billikens won the A-10 Championship in 2012 and 2009. SLU was the runner-up in 2013, 2006 and 2005.
MURANA, SAAD HONORED BY ATLANTIC 10
-- Quayyum Murana (co-Rookie of the Week) and Joe Saad (Offensive Player of the Week) were honored with Atlantic 10 Conference men’s soccer weekly awards recently.
-- Murana, a freshman defender, played every minute at the centerback position in the Billikens’ two victories against Davidson and St. Bonaventure. The SLU backline yielded just one shot on goal in the two games combined. Additionally, he tallied the first goal of his career on a header off a corner kick in the St. Bonaventure game.
-- Saad totaled eight points two weeks on three goals and two assists. He scored both goals, including the golden goal early in overtime, as SLU defeated Davidson 2-1 last Wednesday. On Saturday against St. Bonaventure, Saad scored a goal and registered two assists in helping the Billikens to a 5-0 victory.
-- Additionally, Saad collected a national honor this week after being named to TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Men’s Team of the Week.
SAADIQ MOHAMMED IS BACK-TO-BACK A-10 ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
-- Freshman Saadiq Mohammed has drawn two A-10 Rookie of the Week honors this season. All three of his goals have been game-winners – at Dayton, vs. Rhode Island and vs. George Mason.
-- The Atlantic 10 Conference released a video feature on Mohammed describing his journey to Saint Louis University from Africa. You can view the feature by visiting the SLU men’s soccer Twitter account at @SLUMensSoccer. The tweet with the video is pinned at the top of the page.
THREE OTHER BILLIKENS COLLECT A-10 AWARDS
-- Ben Yeager was tabbed the A-10 Defensive Player of the Week Oct. 17 after totaling 11 saves in victories against Rhode Island and George Mason.
-- On Sept. 6, Grant Owens was named A-10 Offensive Player of the Week for his goal against Tulsa. In the second half, Owens buried a cross from Anthony Brown to tie the score at 1-1.
-- On Aug. 29, Brown was tabbed the A-10 Offensive Player of the Week for a dramatic game-winning goal at No. 5 Wake Forest. The goal was selected as the “College Goal of the Week” on TopDrawerSoccer.com.