WOMEN’S SOCCER PREVIEW: Saint Louis (11-3-1, 6-0 A-10) vs. Fordham, at St. Bonaventure
FORDHAM (8-5-1, 5-0-1 A-10)
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 • 7 p.m. CDT
WHERE: Robert R. Hermann Stadium • St. Louis, Mo.
SLU-FORDHAM SERIES: Tied 4-4
SLU-FORDHAM LAST MEETING: at Fordham 2, SLU 0 (Oct. 22, 2017) RECAP
BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: at SLU 1, Duquesne 0 (Oct. 7) RECAP
RAMS’ LAST GAME: Fordham 1, at St. Bonaventure 0 (Oct. 7) RECAP
ST. BONAVENTURE (0-11-4, 0-6 A-10)
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018 • Noon CDT
WHERE: Marra Athletics Complex • Olean, N.Y.
SLU-SBU SERIES: SLU leads 8-3
SLU-SBU LAST MEETING: at SLU 5, St. Bonaventure 0 (Sept. 21, 2017) RECAP
BONNIES’ LAST GAME: Fordham 1, at St. Bonaventure 0 (Oct. 7) RECAP
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A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
• First place in the Atlantic 10 Conference will be at stake when league leader Saint Louis hosts second-place Fordham Thursday, Oct. 11. The Billikens conclude the week Sunday, Oct. 14, at St. Bonaventure.
• Click here for the Billikens’ complete statistics.
• Saint Louis moved up two spots to No. 4 in this week’s United Soccer Coaches East Region top 10. Georgetown (12-0-2) is No. 1, followed by Princeton (7-3-2), Butler (9-4-1), SLU, Providence (8-4-2), Saint Joseph’s (9-4-2), Penn (7-1-1), VCU (10-3), Villanova (9-5) and Xavier (8-6-1).
• The Billikens are 23-1-4 in their last 28 games at Hermann Stadium, a stretch that dates to the final home game of the 2015 campaign.
• SLU is 6-0 in conference play for the first time since 2005, Saint Louis’ first year as an A-10 member.
• The Billikens were unbeaten at home in regular-season conference play the past two seasons. SLU was 5-0 vs. A-10 foes at Hermann Stadium in 2016 and followed with a 4-0-1 slate a year ago.
• 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 20 different player combinations produce its 25 assisted goals.
• SLU has decisive advantages over its opponents in goals (32-10), shots (324-72), shots on goal (152-38) and corner kicks (124-35).
• Saint Louis has outscored its opponents 20-4 in the second half.
• Maddie Pokorny leads the Billikens in goals (five) and points (11) against A-10 opponents.
• Alyssa Seitzer has a team-high nine goals, a total that ranks third on Saint Louis’ all-time list for juniors.
• Hannah Friedrich leads Saint Louis in points (21) and assists (seven). Friedrich ranks fourth on the Billikens’ all-time lists for points and assists by a freshman.
• On the Billikens’ career lists, Maddie Pokorny is fourth in shots (201) and tied for ninth in game-winning goals (seven). Alyssa Seitzer is eighth in game-winning goals (eight) and tied for eighth in goals (19).
• With a 324-72 shots advantage over its opponents, SLU is on track to set school marks for most shots taken and fewest shots allowed in a season. The records are 377 taken (2004) and 141 allowed (1999).
• On the Bills’ all-time overall season lists, Alyssa Seitzer is tied for fourth in game-winning goals (four), Maddie Pokorny is 10th in shots (58), and Olivia Silverman is tied for 10th in wins (10).
• Through games of Oct. 7, the Billikens are second in the nation in shots on goal per game (10.13) and fourth in total shots per game (21.60). They also are 31st in goals against average (0.66), 34th in winning percentage (.767), 39th in points per game (6.07) and 48th in assists per game (1.80).
• Alyssa Seitzer ranks 15th nationally in game-winning goals (four) and 18th in shot-on-goal percentage (.641).
• Hannah Friedrich is 44th in assists per game (0.47).
• Olivia Silverman is 32nd in shutouts (six) and 35th in goals against average (0.64).
• Maddie Pokorny ranks 38th in shots on goal per game (1.93), 42nd in shots per game (3.87) and 45th in game-winning goals (three).
• In the A-10, Maddie Pokorny leads the league in shots (58) and shots on goal (29). Pokorny is tied for third in game-winning goals (three), tied for seventh in goals (six) and tied for ninth in points (14).
• Hannah Friedrich tops the conference in assists (seven) and ranks second in points (21). Friedrich is tied for third in shots on goal (24), tied for fourth in shots (41) and tied for fifth in goals (seven).
• Olivia Silverman is tied for first in the A-10 with 10 wins. Silverman stands second in goals against average (0.64) and shutouts (six).
• Alyssa Seitzer is No. 2 in the A-10 in goals (nine), game-winning goals (four) and shots on goal (25). Seitzer is tied for fourth in points (19) and sixth in shots (39).
• 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 62-39-10 record at SLU.
A LOOK AT FORDHAM
• The Rams are coming off a 1-0 win over St. Bonaventure on Sunday.
• Defense is Fordham’s calling card. The Rams have allowed 11 goals in 14 games, including only two in their six A-10 matches.
• Kelly LaMorte has played every minute in goal and leads the A-10 with seven shutouts.
• Margaret Roughley leads the Rams with four goals, while Clara Gastaldi and Lane Cronin have three tallies apiece.
• Brooke Salmon was a second-team All-Conference choice in 2017.
• One of Fordham’s losses was a 1-0 decision at No. 5 South Carolina in the season opener.
• Click here for Fordham's complete statistics.
A LOOK AT ST. BONAVENTURE
• The Bonnies play at Rhode Island Thursday night before hosting the Billikens.
• Despite being winless, St. Bonaventure has been competitive in A-10 play. Four of the Bonnies' conference defeats have been one-goal decisions.
• Sydney Cerza has team highs of four goals and 10 points.
• Sabrina Sousa-Sampson has three goals, and Maddie Mason has a team-high three assists.
• Click here for St. Bonaventure's complete statistics.