BILLIKENS, BULLDOGS BATTLE AT HERMANN

 

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 • 1 p.m. CDT

WHERE: Robert R. Hermann Stadium • St. Louis, Missouri

RECORDS: SLU 1-2; DU 0-3

SLU-DRAKE SERIES: SLU leads 2-1

LAST MEETING: Drake 4, at SLU 3 (Sept. 13, 2015)  RECAP

BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: at Louisville 1, SLU 0 (Aug. 29)  RECAP

BULLDOGS’ LAST GAME: No. 21 Baylor 1, at Drake 0, OT (Aug. 30)  RECAP

GAME NOTES: Saint Louis

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UP NEXT FOR THE BILLIKENS: at Oral Roberts • Friday, Sept. 6 • 7 p.m. CDT • Tulsa, Okla.

 

A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS

For a second consecutive Sunday, the Saint Louis Billikens entertain a Missouri Valley Conference team as the Drake Bulldogs from Des Moines, Iowa, visit Robert R. Hermann Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Both teams were successful in conference play last season. Saint Louis claimed Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season and tournament crowns, while Drake finished second to Loyola Chicago in MVC regular-season and tournament play.
SLU’s 2-1 victory over Indiana State last Sunday gave the Billikens a 27-1-4 record in their last 32 games at Hermann Stadium, a stretch that dates to the final home game of the 2015 season.
Saint Louis leads the series with Drake 2-1. The Billikens won the first two meetings, defeating the Bulldogs 2-0 in a 2006 NCAA Championship first-round game in St. Louis and 2-1 in a 2014 match in Des Moines. Drake won 4-3 at Hermann Stadium in 2015.

After winning Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season and tournament titles and posting a school-record 18 wins a year ago, the Billikens were selected to finish atop the league again in the A-10 head coaches' preseason poll. Seven starters and 10 additional players are back from SLU’s 2018 team.

Senior defender Alli Klug appears on the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List for a second straight season. Klug also is one of four Billikens on the A-10 preseason All-Conference team, joining senior goalkeeper Mary Niehaus, senior midfielder Courtney Reimer and sophomore forward Hannah Friedrich.

Saint Louis will host the semifinals and final of the 2019 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship Friday and Sunday, Nov. 8 and 10. Four first-round games will be played on the home fields of the top four teams in the final regular-season standings, with the winners advancing to SLU's Robert R. Hermann Stadium.

 

A LOOK AT THE BULLDOGS

The Bulldogs continue a difficult schedule when they take on the Billikens. Drake dropped road decisions against Colorado and Denver, both by a 2-0 score, before falling 1-0 in overtime to No. 21 Baylor in its home opener Friday night.

• Drake was picked to finish second in the MVC in preseason polling of the league’s head coaches.

Senior midfielder Cassie Rohan returned after earning first-team All-Conference plaudits in 2018. Senior midfielder Vanessa Kavan and junior goalkeeper Kelsie Stone collected second-team All-Conference honors. All were selected to this year’s preseason All-Conference team.
Also back are senior forward Shelley Lyjak, a second-team All-Conference choice; sophomore forward Alison Walls, an MVC honorable mention pick; and junior forward Olivia Bruce, who led last year’s team with 13 points (6G, 1A).