MISSOURI STATE IS BILLIKENS' FINAL NONCONFERENCE TEST

 

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019 • 7 p.m. CDT

WHERE: Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium • Springfield, Missouri

RECORDS: SLU 4-3-1; MSU 5-1-1

SLU-MSU SERIES: SLU leads 10-2-5

LAST MEETING: at SLU 3, MSU 0 (9/9/18)  RECAP

BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: at SLU 0, Purdue 0, 2 OT (Sept. 15)  RECAP

BEARS’ LAST GAME: at Missouri State 1, Murray State 0 (Sept. 15)  RECAP

GAME NOTES: Saint Louis | Missouri State

WATCH: ESPN+
LIVE STATS
: SIDEARM 

 

UP NEXT FOR THE BILLIKENS: at Rhode Island • Sunday, Sept. 22 • Noon CDT • Kingston, R.I.

 

A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS

• Ranked No. 7 in this week's United Soccer Coaches East Region poll, Saint Louis wraps up its nonconference schedule Wednesday, Sept. 18, by taking on intrastate rival Missouri State in Springfield. Game time is 7 p.m.

Wednesday's contest is the last of three games in six days for the Billikens. SLU edged Iowa State 1-0 in overtime Friday night and tied Purdue 0-0 Sunday afternoon, both in St. Louis.

• Goalkeeper Mary Niehaus is the Atlantic 10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week for Sept. 9-15. Niehaus leads the A-10 in GAA (0.42), save percentage (.893) and shutouts (four).
Wednesday night's game is the 18th meeting between SLU and Missouri State, tying the Bears as the Billikens' most frequent opponent. Saint Louis' 10-2-5 series lead includes a 5-2-2 mark in Springfield. The Bills have won two straight, including 3-0 in St. Louis last year.
Saint Louis is enjoying the offensive balance it has featured the past two years. Seven different player combinations have accounted for the Billikens’ seven assisted goals this season.

• Sunday afternoon's draw vs. Purdue gave the Billikens a 29-1-5 record in their last 35 games at Robert R. Hermann Stadium, a stretch that dates to the final home game of the 2015 season.

• Hannah Friedrich leads the Billikens with seven points (3G, 1A). Friedrich is tied for first in the A-10 in game-winning goals (two), tied for seventh in goals and 10th in points.

Evie Lavelle is tied for fifth in the league in assists (three).

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 BEARS

• Eight starters and seven additional letter winners returned from last year's Missouri State team that was 8-9-2 overall and 2-3-2 (fifth place) in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Among the returning players are six 2018 Missouri Valley postseason honorees. Junior Kaitlin Maxwell was the MVC Goalkeeper of the Year and was joined on the All-Conference first team by senior defender Brittney Robinson. Junior midfielder Jacqueline Baetz and junior forward/midfielder Jordan Eickelman were named to the second team and honorable mention, respectively, while sophomore forward/midfielders Anna Durnin and Kennady Orlick were All-Freshman picks. 

Missouri State is 5-0-1 since dropping its opener at Western Illinois. The Bears have allowed just one goal over their last four games.

• Freshman forward Unnur Bergsdottir (3G), senior midfielder/forward Ashley Coonfield (2G, 2A) and Eickelman (2G, 2A) lead Missouri State with six points apiece.

• Maxwell carries a 0.83 goals against average and an .842 save percentage.