MSOC Preview: Billikens vs. George Mason
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 | 7 p.m. | St. Louis, Mo. (Hermann Stadium)
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ABOUT TONIGHT’S MATCH
-- Saint Louis looks to keep its perfect Atlantic 10 Conference record intact tonight when it hosts George Mason at Hermann Stadium. Game time is 7 p.m.

ABOUT THE BILLIKENS

-- Saint Louis has won three in a row and enters tonight’s game 6-3 overall and 3-0 in A-10 play.

-- The Billikens have yet to allow a goal during conference play.

-- SLU is coming off a 2-0 victory at Massachusetts on Oct. 5. Senior midfielder David Viox and sophomore forward Simon Becher scored for the Billikens.

-- Saint Louis defeated Marquette 6-2 on Oct. 1 in Milwaukee. The six goals were the most scored by the Billikens in a game since 2007. In addition, the six tallies were the most in a road nonconference game since 1978.

-- Senior forward Leo Novaes leads the Billikens in scoring with 13 points (4G, 5A). He has recorded at least one point in seven of the last eight games. Senior midfielder Devin Boyce follows with nine points (3G, 3A).

-- Senior midfielder David Viox and sophomore forward Simon Becher have two goals apiece.

-- Saint Louis retained the Bronze Boot after a thrilling 2-1, double-overtime victory over SIUE on Sept. 13. Senior forward Leo Novaes had a goal and assisted on the game-winner. Freshman defender Kipp Keller, who was named MVP, scored with less than 10 seconds remaining in double overtime to lift the Billikens to the victory.

-- Freshman goalkeeper Patrick Schulte sports a 1.09 goals against average and four shutouts.

-- 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.
-- 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.

-- 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.

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 61-53-21. He is 12-7-7 in two years at Saint Louis.

2019 A-10 CHAMPIONSHIP

-- The 2019 Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Soccer Championship will feature the league’s top eight teams at the end of the regular season.

-- The A-10 quarterfinals will be held Nov. 9-10 on campus sites, with the top four seeds hosting. If the Billikens host a quarterfinal match, it will be played on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m. at Hermann Stadium.

-- Fordham University will serve as the host of the A-10 semifinals on Friday, Nov. 15, and the A-10 final on Sunday, Nov. 17. The games will be played at Jack Coffey Field in the Bronx, N.Y.

SCOUTING GEORGE MASON

-- George Mason enters tonight’s game 3-7-1 overall and 2-0 in the A-10.

-- The Patriots are coming off a 3-2 overtime victory against Dayton. Raheem Lawal scored George Mason’s golden goal against the Flyers.

-- Ryan Mingachos (4G, 2A) and Tunde Akinlosotu (3G, 4A) lead the Patriots with 10 points apiece.

-- George Mason played in last season’s A-10 title game at Hermann Stadium, falling 2-0 to Rhode Island.

-- Head coach Greg Andrulis is in his 15th season at George Mason. He was head coach of Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew from 2001-05.