WHAT’S ON TAP?
-- Saint Louis resumes Atlantic 10 Conference play on Saturday when it takes on the UMass Minutemen in Amherst, Massachusetts. Game time is noon (CT).
ABOUT THE BILLIKENS
-- Saint Louis enters Saturday's game 5-3 overall.
-- The Billikens are coming off a 6-2 road win at Marquette on Tuesday. The Billikens' six goals were the most goals scored by SLU in a nonconference road game since 1978, and the most goals scored in any game since 2007
-- Senior forward Leo Novaes leads the Billikens in scoring with 11 points (4G, 3A). Senior midfielder Devin Boyce is close behind with nine points (3G, 3A). Ten different Billikens have scored at least one goal so far this season.
-- The Billikens are one of five teams without a loss in Atlantic 10 Conference play.
-- Two of the Billikens’ losses came against teams ranked in the top 25 – SMU and Notre Dame. The Billikens play current No. 1-ranked Virginia later this season in Charlottesville.
-- Freshman goalkeeper Patrick Schulte recently spent two weeks with the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team in Slovenia.
-- The Billikens were predicted by Atlantic 10 Conference 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.
KELLER, WILKINSON DRAW NATIONAL HONORS
-- A pair of Billikens were honored on various national teams of the week recently.
-- CollegeSoccerNews.com recognized freshman defender Kipp Keller on its National Team of the Week Sept. 15 after he scored the dramatic double-overtime goal in the win against SIUE as the Billikens retained the Bronze Boot.
-- TopDrawerSoccer.com named junior defender Patrick Wilkinson to its Men’s Team of the Week Sept. 23 after he helped anchor a Billiken defense that registered shutouts against Tulsa and Davidson.
NOVAES LEADS THE BILLIKENS IN SCORING
-- Senior forward Leo Novaes leads the Billikens in scoring with 11 points (4G, 3A). Senior midfielder Devin Boyce follows with nine points (3G, 3A).
-- Boyce and Novaes are also the Billikens’ top active career scoring leaders. Boyce leads the way with 38 points (12G, 14A), including 17 points in two seasons at New Mexico. Novaes has 35 points (11G, 13A) in his four years with the Billikens.
FRESHMEN HELPING ANCHOR DEFENSE
-- Three freshman have played key roles in the Billikens’ defensive effort thus far. Freshmen Kipp Keller and Mujeeb Murana have been regulars on the Billikens’ back line. SLU is limited the opposition to an average of less than seven shots per contest.
-- Freshman Patrick Schulte has seen the majority of time in goal. The only game he missed (at SMU) was due to international duties with the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team.
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 has an eight-year head coaching career record of 60-53-21. He is 11-7-7 in two years at Saint Louis.
-- The Minutemen enter Saturday's game 4-5 overall and 0-1 in league play.
-- UMass started the year 3-0, but have lost its last four.
-- Eight different players have accounted for UMass' 13 goals, led by James McPherson and Graham Brenner who have three apiece.
-- Chandler O'Dwyer leads UMass with four assists.
-- Marvin Dorchin has played every minute between the posts and has a 0.78 goals against average and four shutouts.