MEN’S SOCCER | BILLIKENS AT MARQUETTE
WHEN: Saturday, September 9, 2017 • 7 p.m. CT
WHERE: Valley Fields • Milwaukee, Wis.
RECORDS: Saint Louis 0-3, Marquette 0-2-1
SLU-MARQUETTE SERIES: SLU leads 20-3-2
SLU-MARQUETTE LAST GAME: Tie 1-1 • Sept. 7, 2016 • St. Louis, Mo.
BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: No. 2 Wake Forest 4, Saint Louis 1 • Sept. 2, 2017 • St. Louis, Mo.
GOLDEN EAGLES’ LAST GAME: New Mexico 4, Marquette 1 • Sept. 4, 2017 • Milwaukee, Wis.
LIVE VIDEO: Televised and streamed locally only in Milwaukee on Spectrum Sports
LIVE STATS: Gametracker
ABOUT THE MATCH
-- Saint Louis plays its first road game of the season Saturday night when it travels to Marquette to face the Golden Eagles. Game time from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is set for 7 p.m.
-- Last season, Saint Louis and Marquette played at Hermann Stadium, with the teams battling to a 1-1 draw. MU’s Connor Alba scored the first goal of the game in the 67th minute, and SLU equalized when Max Karcher buried a PK in the 86th minute.
-- SLU and Marquette are old conference rivals from the Great Midwest Conference and Conference USA days. The Billikens lead the all-time series 20-3-2.
ABOUT THE BILLIKENS
-- Saint Louis enters Saturday’s match 0-3-0, with all losses coming against ranked opponents.
-- The Billikens dropped a pair of heartbreakers on opening weekend. Against No. 8 Syracuse in the season opener, SLU went up 1-0 on a second-half goal by junior Jacob Krupp, but the Orange later equalized then scored the golden goal in overtime to upend the Billikens 2-1. Against No. 22 Michigan State two days later, the Spartans scored in the 67th minute, then tacked on a goal as time expired for the 2-0 win.
-- In SLU’s last outing, No. 2 Wake Forest scored three times in the second half to defeat the Billikens 4-1. Junior Lennart Hein scored the lone Billiken tally.
-- Krupp’s goal against Syracuse was his first in a Billiken uniform. The junior transferred to SLU after spending his freshman year at Memphis and his sophomore season at Jefferson College. Redshirt freshman Spencer Jones recorded the assist on Krupp’s goal for his first collegiate point.
-- 21 Billikens have seen playing time so far this season.
-- Senior goalkeeper Sascha Otte has 14 saves. He is tied for third nationally among active NCAA Division I goalkeepers with 20 career shutouts.
-- Sophomore midfielder Saadiq Mohammed is SLU’s leading returning scorer after scoring three goals – all game-winners in conference play – a season ago.
-- Junior forward Anthony Brown is the Billikens’ career active leading scorer with 12 points (3G, 6A).
-- Head coach Mike McGinty is in his eighth season at Saint Louis. The reigning A-10 Coach of the Year has a 74-49-13 record at SLU.
-- The Billikens finished 7-8-3 last season. SLU posted a 6-2 record in Atlantic 10 Conference play to win the A-10 regular-season title.
-- The Billikens’ nonconference home schedule features six teams currently in the United Soccer Coaches’ poll – No. 1 Stanford (Sept. 23), No. 2 Wake Forest (Sept. 2), No. 7 Syracuse (Aug. 25), No. 9 Denver (Sept. 26), No. 13 Michigan State (Aug. 27) and RV Akron (Sept. 16).
-- Next up for the Billikens is a home matchup against Akron on Saturday, Sept. 16. Game time at Hermann Stadium is 7 p.m.
ABOUT THE GOLDEN EAGLES
-- Marquette is still seeking its first win of 2017 following three straight matches against 2016 NCAA tournament qualifiers Kentucky, UIC and New Mexico.
-- Three different Golden Eagles have scored MU’s three tallies – Luka Prpa, former Billiken Grant Owens and Brendan Skinner.
-- Luis Barraza has played every minute between the posts and has made 18 saves.
-- Head coach Louis Bennett is in his 12th season at Marquette with a 73-99-32 record. He led the Golden Eagles to NCAA tournament appearances in 2012 and 2013.