BILLIKEN WOMEN’S SOCCER: Miami (Ohio) at Saint Louis
WHEN: Friday, August 18, 2017 • 7 p.m. CDT
WHERE: Robert R. Hermann Stadium • St. Louis, Missouri
RECORDS: Season opener for both teams
SLU-MIAMI SERIES: First meeting
BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: at SLU 4, Western Kentucky 0 (Aug. 11, exhibition game)
REDHAWKS’ LAST GAME: Miami 4, at Dayton 2 (Aug. 11, exhibition game)
A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
•Saint Louis begins its 22nd season of women’s soccer Friday, Aug. 18, when the Billikens host Miami (Ohio) of the Mid-American Conference. Click here for SLU's complete 2017 schedule.
•SLU defeated Western Kentucky 4-0 Aug. 11 in the Billikens’ only exhibition game of the season. Click here for a recap, including box score and photos.
•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 and finish second in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 7-1-2 league mark.
•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.
•The Billikens are 13-7-1 in season openers overall and 18-3 in home openers. Saint Louis topped Kansas State 3-1 at Hermann Stadium in last season’s opener, the Bills’ second consecutive win in a season debut and fourth straight victory in a home opener.
•Katie Shields brings a 36-33-7 record into her fifth season as head coach.
A LOOK AT THE REDHAWKS
•Prior to its 4-2 exhibition victory at Dayton last Friday, Miami fell by the same score in an Aug. 8 home exhibition vs. Northern Kentucky.
•The RedHawks return six starters and four additional letter winners from their 2016 squad that was 8-9-2 overall and 5-4-2 (second place, East Division) in the Mid-American Conference. The Miami roster features 13 newcomers, 12 of whom are freshmen.
•Led by interim head coach Hugh Seyfarth, who took the reins earlier this month after serving 12 years as a RedHawks’ assistant coach, Miami is picked to finish third in the MAC East Division.
•Sophomore midfielder/forward Olivia Winnett led Miami in scoring (3G, 1A) a year ago, while sophomore defender Reagan Fleck made the 2016 MAC All-Freshman team.
•The RedHawks posted a 1.04 GAA, an .855 save percentage and seven shutouts last season.