WOMEN’S SOCCER PREVIEW: Richmond at Saint Louis
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 • 1 p.m. CDT
WHERE: Robert R. Hermann Stadium • St. Louis, Missouri
RECORDS: SLU 13-1-2, 5-1-1 Atlantic 10; Richmond 2-11-1, 2-4-1 Atlantic 10
SLU-RICHMOND SERIES: Saint Louis leads 6-2-1 and has won three straight
SLU-RICHMOND LAST MEETING: SLU 1, at Richmond 0 (Oct. 6, 2016) RECAP
BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: SLU 2, at Rhode Island 0 (Oct. 12) RECAP
SPIDERS’ LAST GAME: VCU 1, at Richmond 0 (Oct. 12) RECAP
UP NEXT FOR THE BILLIKENS: Massachusetts • Thursday, Oct. 19 • 7 p.m. CDT • Hermann Stadium
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A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
• Seeking a third straight win, Saint Louis welcomes Richmond to Robert R. Hermann Stadium Sunday, Oct. 15, for Senior Day.
• Prior to Sunday’s game, seniors Jordan Catalano, Mary Niehaus, Molly Ream and Lauren Tondl will be honored.
• Saint Louis made a significant jump in this week’s NCAA Division I Ratings Percentage Index (RPI). The Billikens check in at No. 37.
• With three games remaining, SLU is in third place in the Atlantic 10 Conference behind La Salle (7-0) and Duquesne (6-1). The top eight teams in the final regular-season standings advance to the A-10 Championship. The top four teams host the quarterfinal games, and the semifinals and final will be hosted by VCU in Richmond, Virginia.
• SLU’s 13-1-2 record is the best mark through 16 games in program history.
• The Billikens take a 17-game home undefeated streak, dating to the final game of the 2015 season, into Sunday’s contest. The program record is 18, set during the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
• Saint Louis’ 11 shutouts are just two shy of matching the program record of 13 shared by the 2003 and 2004 teams.
• In SLU’s 2-0 triumph at Rhode Island, Mary Niehaus picked up her 18th career shutout to move into a fourth-place tie with Hannah Perry on SLU’s all-time list. Niehaus’ 13 wins this season place her one behind the Billiken season record of 14 she shares (2016) with Meghann Burke (1999) and Amanda Martin (2004).
• The Billikens lead the A-10 in winning percentage (.875), shots on goal (8.75/game), total shots (17.00/game), goals against average (0.43), save percentage (.887), shutouts (11) and corner kicks (7.69/game). SLU is second in points (6.31/game), goals (2.25/game) and assists (1.81/game).
• Mary Niehaus stands atop the A-10 in GAA (0.45), save percentage (.879) and shutouts (nine).
• Olivia Petit (7G, 2A) is tied for seventh in goals (0.44/game) and tied for ninth in points (1.00/game).
• Maddie Pokorny (6G, 2A) is tied for second in shots (3.00/game) and tied for ninth in goals (0.38/game).
• Alyssa Seitzer (4G, 6A) is tied for third in game-winning goals (three) and tied for sixth in assists (0.38/game).
• Courtney Reimer (0.38/game) and Evie Lavelle (0.31/game) are tied for sixth and tied for 10th, respectively, in assists.
• In the national rankings, Saint Louis is sixth in corner kicks, seventh in save percentage, ninth in winning percentage, 10th in shutout percentage (.688) and shots on goal, 11th in GAA, 28th in goals and 29th in total shots.
• Mary Niehaus is fifth in the nation in shutouts, 11th in GAA and 12th in save percentage.
• 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 28 assisted goals. Click here for SLU’s complete statistics.
• Seven different Billikens have combined to earn eight A-10 weekly awards this season. SLU has had at least one honoree in all but two weeks, and at least two players have been recognized in each category – Offensive, Defensive and Rookie.
• The Billikens are 27-5-4 since the beginning of the 2016 season.
• Katie Shields owns a 49-34-9 record in her fifth season as head coach.
A LOOK AT THE SPIDERS
• Richmond is coming off a 1-0 loss to VCU Thursday night. The Spiders have defeated Rhode Island and Fordham in conference play.
• The Spiders have suffered seven one-goal defeats, including 1-0 road losses to Atlantic Coast Conference teams Virginia (ranked No. 3 at the time, now No. 14) and Maryland (double overtime).
• Richmond returned seven starters and 13 additional players from its 2016 team that was 9-9-1 overall and 4-6 (tied for eighth) in the A-10.
• Among the returnees are three players who earned 2016 A-10 postseason honors. Senior forward Lexi Prillaman was a second-team All-Conference choice, while sophomore midfielder/forward Brooke Beam and sophomore forward Alyssa Walker earned All-Rookie nods.
• Click here for Richmond's statistics and results.