WOMEN’S SOCCER PREVIEW: Saint Louis at Evansville
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 • 7 p.m. CDT
WHERE: Arad McCutchan Stadium • Evansville, Indiana
RECORDS: SLU 6-0-1, Evansville 4-4
SLU-EVANSVILLE SERIES: SLU leads 6-5-1
SLU-EVANSVILLE LAST MEETING: SLU 3, at Evansville 1 (Sept. 8, 2016)
BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: at SLU 1, Kansas 1 (Sept. 8)
PURPLE ACES’ LAST GAME: at Evansville 2, Morehead State 1 (Sept. 10)
UP NEXT FOR THE BILLIKENS: at Murray State • Sunday, Sept. 17 • 2 p.m. CDT • Murray, Kentucky
A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
• Saint Louis begins its final weekend of nonconference play this Friday when the Billikens travel to Evansville for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
• SLU and Evansville have played three common opponents this season. Both teams defeated Miami (Ohio) (SLU 3-0, Evansville 1-0) and SIUE (SLU 3-0, Evansville 1-0 in an exhibition game). The Billikens topped Western Kentucky 4-0 in exhibition play, while Evansville dropped a 4-1 regular-season decision to WKU.
• Evansville is Saint Louis’ third Missouri Valley Conference opponent this season. The Billikens edged MVC preseason favorite Illinois State 1-0 and downed Missouri State 3-0. SLU is 25-10-7 all-time vs. MVC teams.
• The Billikens are coming off a 1-1 tie vs. nationally ranked Kansas Sept. 8. Click here for a recap.
• In a balanced Saint Louis attack, nine different players have scored at least one goal, and 12 different Billikens have at least one goal or one assist. Alyssa Seitzer owns team leads in points (10) and assists (six), while Maddie Pokorny has a team-high four goals and is second with nine points. Click here for the Billikens’ complete statistics and results.
• Through games of Sept. 11, the Billikens rank among the nation’s top 25 teams in corner kicks/game (No. 8, 7.86), winning percentage (No. 11, .929), shutout percentage (No. 13, .714), save percentage (No. 18, .885), goals against average (No. 19, 0.42), points/game (No. 20, 7.14), shots on goal/game (No. 21, 8.43), goals/game (No. 22, 2.43) and assists/game (No. 22, 2.29).
• Saint Louis leads the Atlantic 10 Conference in points/game, goals/game, assists/game, GAA, shutouts (five) and corner kicks/game.
• Alyssa Seitzer tops the A-10 and ranks fifth nationally in assists/game (0.86). Seitzer is second in the conference in points/game (1.43) and third in shots/game (3.14).
• Mary Niehaus leads the A-10 in shutouts (four) and GAA (0.43), ranking 14th and 24th, respectively, in the nation. Niehaus also has a league-best .875 save percentage.
• Maddie Pokorny is third in the conference in goals/game (0.57) and fourth in points/game (1.29).
• Mary Niehaus and Annabelle Copeland were selected the A-10 co-Defensive Player of the Week and co-Rookie of the Week, respectively, for their roles in the draw vs. Kansas. Click here for the story.
• The Billikens moved up two spots to No. 10 in the United Soccer Coaches East Region poll. They received one vote in the United Soccer Coaches national poll.
• Katie Shields owns a 42-33-8 record in her fifth season as head coach.
A LOOK AT THE PURPLE ACES
• Evansville, which brings a two-game winning streak into Friday’s contest, was picked to finish fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference.
• The Purple Aces returned six starters and eight additional letter winners from last year’s team that finished 4-12-3 overall and 3-2-1 (second place) in the MVC. Evansville fell 2-1 to Illinois State in the MVC Championship final.
• Senior forward/midfielder Nicki Baham and senior forward Montana Portenier earned All-MVC honorable mention in 2016. Sophomore midfielder Mikayla Harvey and sophomore defender Samantha Brown were MVC All-Freshman picks.
• Click here for the Purple Aces’ statistics and results.