WOMEN’S SOCCER PREVIEW: Dayton at Saint Louis
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 • 7 p.m. CDT
WHERE: Robert R. Hermann Stadium • St. Louis, Missouri
RECORDS: SLU 11-1-1, 3-1 Atlantic 10; Dayton 7-5-1, 2-1-1 Atlantic 10
SLU-DAYTON SERIES: Dayton leads 10-2-2
SLU-DAYTON LAST MEETING: Dayton 3, SLU 0 (Nov. 3, 2016, in Kingston, R.I.) RECAP
BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: at SLU 3, Saint Joseph’s 0 (Oct. 1) RECAP
FLYERS’ LAST GAME: at Dayton 2, Davidson 0 (Oct. 1) RECAP
UP NEXT FOR THE BILLIKENS: at George Washington • Sunday, Oct. 8 • 11:30 a.m. CDT • Washington, D.C.
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PROMOTION: Youth soccer players, up to and including eighth-graders, who wear their club jersey to the game receive free admission.
A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
• Saint Louis concludes the first half of the 2017 Atlantic 10 Conference schedule Thursday, Oct. 5, against defending A-10 tournament champion Dayton.
• In addition to pursuing a third straight win, the Billikens will attempt to extend their Hermann Stadium unbeaten streak to 17 games.
• The Billikens lead the A-10 in points (6.92/game), goals (2.46/game), assists (2.00/game), shots on goal (8.85/game), corner kicks (8.31/game), goals against average (0.45) and shutouts (nine). SLU is second in save percentage (.872) and shots (17.69/game).
• Mary Niehaus stands atop the A-10 in GAA (0.48) and shutouts (seven) while ranking third in save percentage (.864, only three percentage points behind the league leader).
• Alyssa Seitzer (4G, 6A) leads the conference in assists (0.46/game), ranks second in game-winning goals (three) and is fourth in points (1.08/game).
• Maddie Pokorny (6G, 2A) is third in the A-10 in goals (0.46/game), fourth in points (1.08/game) and fifth in shots (2.77/game).
• In the national rankings, Saint Louis is third in corner kicks, eighth in winning percentage (.885), ninth in shutout percentage (.692), 10th in shots on goal, 13th in GAA, 17th in save percentage, 18th in goals, 21st in points and shots, and 28th in assists.
• Mary Niehaus is ninth in the nation in shutouts, 16th in GAA and 27th in save percentage. Alyssa Seitzer is 28th in game-winning goals.
• In a balanced SLU attack, 12 different players have scored at least one goal; 14 different Billikens have at least one goal or one assist; and 21 different player combinations have accounted for SLU’s 25 assisted goals. Click here for SLU’s complete statistics.
• After notching her 15th and 16th career shutouts last week, Mary Niehaus was selected A-10 co-Defensive Player of the Week (story here) and was named to the TopDrawerSoccer National Team of the Week.
• Seven different Billikens have combined to earn eight A-10 weekly awards this season. SLU has had at least one honoree in all but one week, and at least two players have been recognized in each category – Offensive, Defensive and Rookie.
• The Billikens are 25-5-3 since the beginning of the 2016 season.
• Katie Shields owns a 47-34-8 record in her fifth season as head coach.
A LOOK AT THE FLYERS
• Dayton, coming off a 2-0 home victory over Davidson Oct. 1, returned nine starters and 11 additional letter winners from its 2016 team that posted a 9-10-3 record. The Flyers finished seventh (4-4-2) in the A-10 regular-season standings but rallied to win the A-10 Championship.
• Senior forward Alexis Kiehl scored 21 goals and was a first-team All-Conference selection a year ago. Kiehl is UD’s leading scorer (6G, 2A).
• Sophomore forward Micayla Livingston and sophomore forward/midfielder Caroline Mink earned A-10 All-Rookie plaudits last season. Livingston is the Flyers’ second-leading scorer (5G, 3A).
• Junior goalkeeper Kaelyn Johns is tied for the conference lead with seven shutouts.
• Click here for the Flyers’ statistics and results.
• Eric Golz is in his first season as head coach. Golz took over for Mike Tucker, who retired following 22 seasons at the helm.