WOMEN’S SOCCER PREVIEW: Saint Louis at Fordham
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 • Noon CDT
WHERE: Jack Coffey Field • Bronx, N.Y.
RECORDS: SLU 15-1-2, 7-1-1 Atlantic 10; Fordham 5-8-5, 2-5-2 Atlantic 10
SLU-FORDHAM SERIES: Saint Louis leads 4-3
SLU-FORDHAM LAST MEETING: at SLU 1, Fordham 0 (Oct. 13, 2016) RECAP
BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: at SLU 3, Massachusetts 0 (Oct. 19) RECAP
RAMS’ LAST GAME: at Saint Joseph’s 2, Fordham 1 (2 ot) (Oct. 19) RECAP
UP NEXT FOR THE BILLIKENS: vs. TBA • Saturday, Oct. 28 • 7 p.m. CDT • Robert R. Hermann Stadium
A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
• Carrying a four-game winning streak, Saint Louis concludes the regular season Sunday, Oct. 22, at Fordham.
• The Billikens enter Sunday’s contest not only assured of finishing no lower than second in the final A-10 standings, but also with a chance to tie for the league’s regular-season title. Conference leader La Salle is 8-0-1.
• Saint Louis will host an A-10 Championship quarterfinal game Saturday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. The opponent is to be determined.
• SLU’s 15-1-2 record is the best mark through 18 games in program history. The Bills need only one more victory to tie the school record established by the 2005 team.
• The Billikens have eight road wins this season, just one shy of the school record set by the 2005 team.
• The Billikens’ 3-0 shutout of Massachusetts Thursday night was their 13th clean sheet of the season, matching the program record achieved by the 2003 and 2004 teams.
• Mary Niehaus chalked up her 15th win in goal Thursday night, breaking the SLU single-season record she shared with Meghann Burke (1999) and Amanda Martin (2004). Niehaus’ 10 shutouts this year tie her for third on the Billikens’ single-season chart.
• Courtney Reimer’s team-high nine assists tie her for sixth place on SLU’s all-time single-season list.
• The Billikens lead the A-10 in winning percentage (.889), goals (2.33/game), shots on goal (9.11/game), total shots (18.17/game), goals against average (0.38), save percentage (.897), shutouts (13) and corner kicks (7.78/game). SLU is second in points (6.61/game) and assists (1.94/game).
• Mary Niehaus stands atop the A-10 in GAA (0.40), save percentage (.889) and shutouts (10). Courtney Reimer leads the A-10 in assists (0.50/game).
• Olivia Petit (8G, 4A) leads the Billikens with 20 points. Joining Petit in double figures are Alyssa Seitzer (5G, 6A) with 16 points, Evie Lavelle (5G, 5A) with 15 points, Maddie Pokorny (6G, 2A) with 14 points, Courtney Reimer (2G, 9A) with 13 points and Alli Klug (5G) with 10 points. Click here for SLU’s complete statistics.
• In the national rankings, Saint Louis is fourth in corner kicks, fifth in shots on goal, sixth in winning percentage, GAA and save percentage, eighth in shutout percentage (.722), 12th in total shots, 18th in points and 19th in goals.
• Mary Niehaus is fourth in shutouts and 10th in GAA and save percentage in the NCAA. Courtney Reimer is 18th in assists.
• 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 24 different player combinations have accounted for SLU’s 33 assisted goals.
• Olivia Petit was named the Oct. 16 A-10 Offensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week (story here). Seven different Billikens have combined to earn 10 A-10 weekly awards this season. SLU has had at least one honoree in all but two weeks and has garnered at least three awards in each category – Offensive, Defensive and Rookie.
• The Billikens are 29-5-4 since the beginning of the 2016 season.
• Katie Shields collected her 50th victory as SLU’s head coach when the Billikens defeated Richmond Oct. 15. Shields owns a five-year mark of 51-34-9.
A LOOK AT THE RAMS
• Fordham’s loss at Saint Joseph’s Thursday night knocked the Rams out of A-10 Championship contention. They are 0-5-2 after winning their first two conference games.
• Fordham features a strong defense. The Rams own a 0.87 GAA and six shutouts; they have allowed only one goal in seven other contests and have not yielded more than two goals in any game.
• Sophomore Kelly LaMorte has played the bulk of the minutes in goal. LaMorte carries a 0.88 GAA and a .778 save percentage.
• Freshman forward/defender Crea Baker-Durante has a team-high seven points (2G, 3A). Sophomore forward Amanda Miller and senior midfielder Carlie Wagner are tied for the team lead with three goals apiece.
• Fordham also features junior midfielder Brooke Salmon, who earned second-team All-Conference plaudits last season, and sophomore midfielder Maggie Roughley, a 2016 A-10 All-Rookie choice.
• Click here for Fordham’s statistics and results.