WOMEN’S SOCCER PREVIEW: No. 19 Kansas at Saint Louis

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 • 7 p.m. CDT
WHERE: Robert R. Hermann Stadium • St. Louis, Missouri
RECORDS: SLU 6-0, Kansas 5-1
SLU-KANSAS SERIES: Kansas leads 2-1
SLU-KANSAS LAST MEETING: at Kansas 2, SLU 0 (Sept. 5, 2004)
BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: SLU 3, at Missouri State 0 (Sept. 3)
JAYHAWKS’ LAST GAME: at Kansas 2, No. 7 Southern California 1 (Sept. 3)
UP NEXT FOR THE BILLIKENS: at Evansville • Friday, Sept. 15 • 7 p.m. CDT • Evansville, Indiana

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A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
• Looking to extend the best start in program history, Saint Louis takes on No. 19 Kansas of the Big 12 Conference Friday, Sept. 8, in the Billikens’ lone game this week.
• SLU also is seeking to stretch its school-record home winning streak to 13 games. The Billikens surpassed the previous mark of 11 when they defeated Illinois State Aug. 25.
• Friday night, Saint Louis will attempt to break its own record (2,768) for the highest attendance at a collegiate women’s soccer game in the state of Missouri.
• In a balanced Saint Louis attack, eight different players have scored at least one goal, and 12 different Billikens have at least one goal or one assist.
Maddie Pokorny has a team-high four goals, while Alyssa Seitzer leads SLU with five assists. Pokorny and Seitzer are tied for the team lead with nine points apiece. Click here for the Billikens’ complete statistics and results.
• Mary Niehaus notched her 13th career shutout and fourth clean sheet of the season when the Billikens blanked Missouri State 3-0 Sept. 3 (click here for a recap). Niehaus has a 0.35 goals against average and an .867 save percentage.
• Saint Louis leads the Atlantic 10 Conference and ranks among the top 25 in the nation in shutouts (five/No. 6 nationally), goals against average (0.33/No. 15), points per game (7.83/No. 17), assists per game (2.50/No. 18), goals per game (2.67/No. 21) and corner kicks per game (7.17/No. 24).
• Alyssa Seitzer tops the A-10 in assists per game (0.83) and shots per game (3.17). Mary Niehaus leads the league in shutouts (four).
• Megan Nixon was named the Atlantic 10 Conference co-Rookie of the Week for helping lead Saint Louis to road wins over SIUE and Missouri State last week. Click here for the story.
• The Billikens are ranked 12th in the United Soccer Coaches East Region poll.
• Katie Shields owns a 42-33-7 record in her fifth season as head coach. 

A LOOK AT THE JAYHAWKS
• Kansas, tabbed for a second-place Big 12 Conference finish in the league’s preseason coaches’ poll, brings a five-game winning streak into Friday’s contest. The Jayhawks jumped into the United Soccer Coaches national poll at No. 19 after beating defending national champion and then-No. 7 USC Sept. 3.
• Click here for the Jayhawks’ statistics and results.
• Six starters and 11 additional letter winners returned from the 2016 squad that went 11-6-4 overall and finished second (5-1-2) in the Big 12 behind eventual national runner-up West Virginia. 
• The Jayhawks earned an NCAA Championship berth for a second time in three seasons a year ago. They defeated Missouri in the opening round and fell to North Carolina in the second round
• Among KU’s returning players are junior forward Grace Hagan, a first-team All-Conference selection who led the team in goals (seven) and points (18); sophomore forward Katie McClure, a Big 12 All-Freshman honoree who finished second to Hagan in goals (five) and points (12); senior defender Kayla Morrison (second-team All-Big 12); and sophomore defender Addisyn Merrick (Big 12 All-Freshman).
• Mark Francis, who captured his 200th Kansas victory last month, is in his 19th season as the Jayhawks’ head coach.