ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis University head women’s soccer coach Katie Shields has announced the Billikens’ 2019 schedule. The 19-game slate features nine home matches as well as five contests against opponents from Power 5 conferences.
In addition, the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship semifinals and final will be played at Robert R. Hermann Stadium Nov. 8 and 10, respectively. SLU will serve as the league tournament’s host institution for the first time since 2008.
The Billikens return 17 players, including seven starters, from their 2018 squad that tallied a school-record 18 victories (18-4-1), posted a 10-0-0 A-10 regular-season mark, and captured the A-10 Championship title and the program’s third NCAA Championship bid.
“We’re looking forward to our 2019 schedule,” Shields said. “The nonconference schedule is challenging, featuring teams from the ACC, Big Ten and Big 12 with different styles of play and diverse personnel. It will help us prepare to win the Atlantic 10 championship and position us to be in the NCAA Tournament again this November.”
Saint Louis’ nine nonconference opponents include Notre Dame (season opener, Aug. 22) and Louisville (2018 NCAA Championship qualifier) of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Oklahoma State and Iowa State of the Big 12 Conference, and Purdue of the Big Ten Conference. The Iowa State and Purdue games take place at Hermann Stadium Sept. 13 and 15, respectively.
Other nonconference foes coming to town are Indiana State (home opener, Aug. 25) and Drake (2018 Missouri Valley Conference runner-up). Oral Roberts and Missouri State round out the nonconference docket. The Bills host SIUE in an exhibition match Aug. 13.
The Billikens face six of the other seven 2018 A-10 Championship qualifiers, including Dayton and Saint Joseph’s at Hermann Stadium. A-10 rivals St. Bonaventure, La Salle and Richmond also visit Midtown. SLU’s conference road slate consists of tournament qualifiers VCU, Fordham, George Mason and George Washington, as well as Rhode Island.
The top eight teams in the Atlantic 10 advance to the A-10 Championship to compete for the league’s automatic NCAA Championship bid. First-round games will be played Nov. 2 or 3 on the home fields of the top four seeds, with winners advancing to St. Louis.
Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here, or by contacting the Billiken ticket office at 314-977-4SLU or firstname.lastname@example.org. Single-game tickets will be available later this summer.