SETTING THE SCENE
-- Saint Louis plays its first road contest of the season when it travels to Dallas, Texas, to face the SMU Mustangs on Friday night. Game time is slated for 8 p.m. (CT).
-- Last season, Saint Louis and SMU played to a 1-1 draw at Hermann Stadium. Ben Huels scored the Billikens' goal on a corner kick, with Leo Novaes assisting on the play.
ABOUT THE BILLIKENS
-- Saint Louis enters Friday's game 0-1 following last week's 3-2 loss against Notre Dame in the season opener.
-- Sophomore SLU newcomer Chris Bruch scored an equalizing goal late in the first half against the Irish, and a tally by sophomore John Klein cut the SLU deficit to one in the second half, but the Notre Dame defense fought off a flurry of chances late to hand SLU the season-opening loss.
-- A feisty crowd of 5,942 were on hand for the SLU-Notre Dame tilt. That was the largest crowd across NCAA soccer on opening weekend.
-- Last season, Saint Louis went 6-4-7, 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 were 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).
-- Kalish is 6-5-7 in two years at Saint Louis, 55-51-21 in eight years overall.
-- The Mustangs look to remain perfect on the year after opening their season with wins against Lipscomb (3-0) and Houston Baptist (7-1).
-- Garrett McLaughlin leads SMU with three goals, by Nicky Hernandez has tallied twice.
-- The Mustangs have outscored their opponents 10-1 and own a 42-11 advantage in shots through their first two games.
-- Head coach Kevin Hudson is 50-20-9 in five years at SMU, his first head coaching stop.