WOMEN’S SOCCER PREVIEW: Saint Louis (4-2-1) at No. 18 Kansas, vs. Evansville
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 • 7 p.m. CDT
WHERE: Rock Chalk Park • Lawrence, Kan.
SLU-KU SERIES: KU leads 2-1-1
SLU-KU LAST MEETING: at SLU 1, Kansas 1 (Sept. 8, 2017) RECAP
BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: at SLU 3, Missouri State 0 (Sept. 9) RECAP
JAYHAWKS’ LAST GAME: Kansas 0, at Cincinnati 0 (Sept. 6) RECAP
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 • 2 p.m. CDT
WHERE: Robert R. Hermann Stadium • St. Louis, Mo.
SLU-UE SERIES: SLU leads 7-5-1 and has won four straight
SLU-UE LAST MEETING: SLU 3, at Evansville 1 (Sept. 15, 2017) RECAP
PURPLE ACES’ LAST GAME: at IUPUI 1, Evansville 0 (Sept. 9) RECAP
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A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
• Saint Louis plays its final two nonconference games of the season this week. The Billikens challenge 18th-ranked Kansas on the road Friday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. before hosting Evansville Sunday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. Click here for the full 2018 schedule.
• Saint Louis is 19-1-4 in its last 24 games at Hermann Stadium, a stretch that dates to the final home game of the 2015 season.
• The Billikens are showing the same kind of balance they displayed last year when 24 different player combinations accounted for the team’s 33 assisted goals. This season, Saint Louis has had a different player combination produce each of its 11 assisted goals. Click here for the Bills’ complete statistics.
• SLU has decisive advantages over its opponents in goals (14-4), shots (156-35), shots on goal (70-20) and corner kicks (63-20).
• Saint Louis swept the Atlantic 10 Conference weekly awards handed out Sept. 10. Alyssa Seitzer was selected co-Offensive Player of the Week, Hannah Friedrich was named Rookie of the Week, and Isabel Burke collected Defensive Player of the Week plaudits. Click here for the story.
• Through games of Sept. 9, the Billikens rank among the top 35 teams in the nation in four categories. SLU is third in shots per game (22.3), sixth in shots on goal per game (10.0), 32nd in shutout percentage (.571) and 34th in goals against average (0.55).
• Seitzer is 31st in game-winning goals (two) and 42nd in shot-on-goal percentage (.667) in the national rankings. Olivia Silverman is 33rd in shutouts (three) and 38th in goals against average (0.57). Olivia Petit ranks 42nd in shots on goal per game (2.0).
• Petit leads the A-10 in shots (25) and shots on goal (14).
• Silverman is tied for first in the conference in wins (four) and shutouts (three), and she ranks third in GAA (0.57).
• Seitzer is tied for second in the league in goals (four), points (nine) and game-winning goals (two), tied for third in shots on goal (12), and tied for sixth in shots (18).
• Friedrich is tied for second in points (nine), tied for third in assists (three), tied for sixth in goals (three) and shots on goal (10), and tied for 10th in shots (16).
• Maddie Pokorny is tied for third in shots (20) and tied for 10th in shots on goal (nine).
• Seitzer’s two game-winning goals this season give her six for her career, tying for 10th on SLU’s all-time list.
• For the first time since 2007, SLU earned the favorite’s nod in the A-10 preseason coaches’ poll. In addition, four Billikens – Alli Klug, Olivia Petit, Maddie Pokorny and Courtney Reimer – landed on the 11-member preseason All-Conference team.
• Alli Klug is one of 45 players named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. Klug is the first player in SLU women’s soccer history to be included on the Watch List.
• Sixth-year head coach Katie Shields owns a 55-38-10 record at SLU.
A LOOK AT KANSAS
• The Jayhawks are ranked 18th in this week's United Soccer Coaches poll. They are one of four Big 12 Conference teams in the top 25 (Texas 14th, Oklahoma State 20th, Texas Tech 24th).
• Kansas has defeated two teams who were nationally ranked when they met the Jayhawks -- No. 18 Pepperdine and No. 25 Butler, both by a 1-0 score.
• Kansas allowed only two goals and 12 shots on goal in its first seven games. Click here for KU's complete statistics.
• After notching 14 points (6G, 2A) a year ago, junior forward Katie McClure has a team-high 13 points (5G, 3A) this season. Junior forward Taylor Christie owns three goals.
• Freshman Sarah Peters has logged every minute in goal for the Jayhawks. Peters has a 0.26 GAA, an .833 save percentage and five shutouts.
• Seven starters and 10 additional letter winners are back from KU's 2017 team that finished 8-9-3 overall and 3-5-1 (sixth) in the Big 12. Among the returnees are senior forward Grace Hagan, a 2017 second-team All-Conference pick who led the Jayhawks with 19 points (7G, 5A), and sophomore midfielder Ceri Holland, who made the Big 12 All-Freshman team.
A LOOK AT EVANSVILLE
• Evansville returned nine starters and eight additional letter winners from last year’s team that was 6-11 overall and 2-5 (seventh) in the Missouri Valley Conference.
• Senior forward Montana Portenier was a 2017 second-team All-Conference choice.
• Portenier and sophomore forward/midfielder Jayme-Lee Hunter have a team-high two goals apiece. Portenier (6G, 2A) and Hunter (4G, 3A) were the Purple Aces’ top two scorers a year ago with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Click here for Evansville's complete statistics.
• Evansville took a three-game losing streak into Friday night’s home game vs. Purdue Fort Wayne.
• The Billikens and Purple Aces have played two common opponents this season. Saint Louis defeated SIUE 4-0, while Evansville fell 2-0 to the Cougars in exhibition play. SLU edged Western Kentucky 2-1 in an exhibition match, and UE dropped a 4-1 decision to the Lady Toppers.