BILLIKEN WOMEN’S SOCCER: Western Kentucky at Saint Louis (exh.)
WHEN: Friday, August 11, 2017 • 7 p.m. CDT
WHERE: Robert R. Hermann Stadium • St. Louis, Missouri
SLU-WESTERN KENTUCKY SERIES: Teams have never met
BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: Dayton 3, SLU 0 (Nov. 3, 2016, Atlantic 10 Championship quarterfinals)
LADY TOPPERS’ LAST GAME: Charlotte 1, WKU 1 (Nov. 2, 2016, Conference USA Championship quarterfinals)
A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
•Saint Louis plays its only exhibition game of the 2017 season when the Billikens host Western Kentucky Friday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m.
•The 26-member Billiken roster features 17 returning players and nine newcomers (all freshmen). Click here for the complete roster.
•SLU is coming off a successful 2016 campaign that saw the Billikens post a 14-4-2 overall record. They finished second in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 7-1-2 league mark after being picked to place 10th in the preseason coaches’ poll.
•Senior goalkeeper Mary Niehaus (0.82 GAA, nine shutouts) was selected to the Mid-Atlantic All-Region third team and the All-Conference first team in 2016.
•Junior forward/midfielder Maddie Pokorny (All-Conference second team) and sophomore midfielder Courtney Reimer (A-10 All-Rookie) also earned 2016 postseason honors.
•Junior forward Lindsay Sands (six) and sophomore forward Alyssa Seitzer (five) are SLU’s top returning goal scorers. Click here for the Billikens’ complete 2016 statistics.
•Katie Shields will bring a 36-33-7 record into her fifth season as head coach when Saint Louis hosts Miami (Ohio) in the season opener Friday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. Click here for the complete 2017 schedule.
A LOOK AT THE LADY TOPPERS
•Western Kentucky was picked to finish fifth in the Conference USA preseason coaches’ poll, its highest prediction since joining the league three years ago.
•Senior goalkeeper Allison Leone, junior midfielder Nicole Roseland and sophomore forward/defender Chandler Backes were selected preseason All-Conference.
•Roseland was a 2016 first-team All-Conference choice, Leone made the second team, and Backes earned spots on the third team and All-Freshman team. Jason Neidell was tabbed C-USA Coach of the Year.
•Backes led the 2016 Lady Toppers in goals (10) and points (21). Western Kentucky returns players who tallied 25 of the team’s 31 goals a year ago.
•Leone played all but 99 minutes between the posts last year, turning in a 0.60 GAA, .853 save percentage and nine shutouts.
•The Lady Toppers were 12-6-1 overall and 7-3 in C-USA in 2016. Like the Billikens, they outperformed expectations by finishing third in the conference following an eighth-place preseason prediction.