WOMEN’S SOCCER PREVIEW: Illinois State at Saint Louis
WHEN: Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 • 5 p.m. CDT
WHERE: Robert R. Hermann Stadium • St. Louis, Missouri
RECORDS: SLU 2-0, Illinois State 0-1-1
SLU-ILLINOIS STATE SERIES: Illinois State leads 2-1-1
SLU-ILLINOIS STATE LAST MEETING: at Illinois State 4, SLU 1 (Sept. 17, 2013)
BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: at SLU 3, Vanderbilt 0 (Aug. 20)
REDBIRDS’ LAST GAME: No. 23 Northwestern 3, at Illinois State 0 (Aug. 20)
UP NEXT FOR THE BILLIKENS: at Arkansas State • Sunday, Aug. 27 • 1 p.m. CDT • Jonesboro, Ark.
A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
•Saint Louis looks to start 3-0 for a second consecutive season when the Billikens host Illinois State of the Missouri Valley Conference Friday, Aug. 25.
•After blanking Miami (Ohio) and Vanderbilt in its first two games, SLU also is attempting to tie a program record with a third straight shutout to begin a season. The 2003 Billikens are the only Saint Louis women’s soccer team to do so.
•The Billikens are 23-10-7 all-time vs. Missouri Valley Conference opponents. Saint Louis plays road games vs. MVC foes Missouri State and Evansville in September.
•The Billikens improved to 2-0 with a 3-0 win over Vanderbilt Aug. 20 at Hermann Stadium. Click here for a game recap that includes video highlights, photos and box score.
•Sunday’s victory extended the Billikens’ home winning streak to 11 – matching the program record (1999-2000) – and their home unbeaten streak to 12. SLU has not lost at home since falling 2-1 to Saint Joseph’s Oct. 22, 2015.
•Olivia Petit leads Saint Louis with six points (3G), followed by Evie Lavelle with five points (2G, 1A) and Alyssa Seitzer with four points (1G, 2A). Click here for the Billikens’ complete statistics.
•Evie Lavelle and Olivia Petit were named Atlantic 10 Conference co-Offensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for their performances in the wins over Miami and Vanderbilt. Click here for details.
•Molly Ream also was honored, earning a spot on the TopDrawerSoccer.com Women’s Team of the Week. Click here for the story.
•The Billikens are ranked 14th in the first United Soccer Coaches East Region poll.
•Katie Shields owns a 38-33-7 record in her fifth season as head coach.
A LOOK AT THE REDBIRDS
•Click here for the Redbirds’ complete statistics.
•Favored to win the Missouri Valley Conference title, Illinois State opened the season with a 1-1 tie at Eastern Michigan before falling 3-0 at home to nationally ranked Northwestern.
•The Redbirds were 14-6-3 overall last year, including a 5-0-1 MVC mark that placed them atop the league standings. Illinois State won the MVC tournament to earn a berth in the NCAA Championship, where the Redbirds advanced over Michigan on penalty kicks before losing to Duke in the second round.
•MVC Player of the Year Lauren Koehl (17 goals, eight assists) and Defensive Player of the Year Paige Jarsombeck have graduated. However, the Redbirds still feature sophomore forward Mikayla Unger, the 2016 MVC Freshman of the Year; senior midfielder/forward Kelli Zickert (6G, 5A), a first-team All-Conference choice a year ago; and a pair of 2016 MVC honorable mention players in junior midfielder Kiley Czerwinski and sophomore goalkeeper Haley Smith.
•Brad Silvey is in his first season as head coach after spending two years as a Redbird assistant.