SETTING THE SCENE
-- Saint Louis opens the 2019 season on Saturday night when it hosts No. 9 Notre Dame at Hermann Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
-- Last season, Saint Louis and Notre Dame met in the season opener in South Bend, Indiana. The Billikens scored a dramatic goal with 16 seconds remaining in regulation to salvage a 1-1 draw.
-- A large crowd is expected for Saturday night's game. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of time by clicking here. Enter the promo code SOCCER to purchase $5 tickets. Tickets are $10 at the gate.
ABOUT THE BILLIKENS
-- Saint Louis went 6-4-7 in 2018, which included a 3-1-4 mark in Atlantic 10 Conference play.
-- Sophomore John Klein, the 2018 A-10 Rookie of the Year, led the Billikens with nine goals last year. Senior Leo Novaes added five goals and five assists, while senior Devin Boyce contributed four goals and four assists.
-- Saint Louis’ 2019 roster features 14 newcomers.
-- The Billikens were predicted by A-10 head men’s soccer coaches to finish second in the league race in the annual A-10 preseason poll. SLU received two first-place votes.
-- Earning spots on the A-10 preseason All-Conference team were sophomore Simon Becher, sophomore John Klein and senior Quayyum Murana.
-- The Billikens are receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 preseason national poll.
KALISH IN SECOND YEAR AS BILLIKENS’ HEAD COACH
-- Kevin Kalish, a Saint Louis University alumnus and Billiken All-American, is in his second season on the Billikens’ sideline.
-- The seventh head coach in the storied history of the SLU men’s soccer program, Kalish previously served as Vice President and Missouri Boys Club Director for St. Louis Scott Gallagher. He also was head coach at SIU Edwardsville for six seasons (2008-13).
SCOUTING NOTRE DAME
-- The Fighting Irish went 11-7-3 overall last season and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship.
-- Notre Dame is ranked No. 9 in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 preseason national poll.
-- Graduate student Ian Aschieris is Notre Dame’s top returning scorer after tallying five goals and an assist last season. Sophomore Jack Lynn registered nine points (3G, 3A), while graduate student Felicien Dumas posted a goal and a team-leading six assists in 2018.
-- Head coach Chad Riley is in his second season at Notre Dame, his alma mater. Previously, Riley served as head coach at Dartmouth for five seasons.