WOMEN’S SOCCER PREVIEW: Saint Louis at Duquesne
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 • Noon CDT
WHERE: Rooney Field • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
RECORDS: SLU 9-0-1, 1-0-0 Atlantic 10; Duquesne 4-3-2, 0-1-0 Atlantic 10
SLU-DUQUESNE SERIES: SLU leads 4-2 overall; tied 1-1 in Pittsburgh
SLU-DUQUESNE LAST MEETING: at SLU 3, Duquesne 0 (Oct. 11, 2013) RECAP
BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: at SLU 5, St. Bonaventure 0 (Sept. 21) RECAP
DUKES’ LAST GAME: at La Salle 3, Duquesne 0 (Sept. 21) RECAP
UP NEXT FOR THE BILLIKENS: at Davidson • Thursday, Sept. 28 • 6 p.m. CDT • Davidson, N.C.
A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
• Saint Louis plays its first Atlantic 10 Conference road game of the season when the Billikens square off with Duquesne Sunday, Sept. 24, in Pittsburgh.
• The Billikens are No. 24 in the first NCAA Division I Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) rankings. SLU is rated fifth highest among teams that play in non-Power 5 conferences.
• For a second consecutive week, Saint Louis received votes in the United Soccer Coaches national poll. The Billikens are ranked No. 10 in the East Region.
• SLU is one of only six undefeated NCAA Division I women’s soccer teams, joining Tennessee, Texas, Milwaukee, UCLA and Rutgers.
• The Billikens are 5-5-2 in A-10 road openers.
• Saint Louis leads the A-10 in points (7.50/game), goals (2.60/game), assists (2.30/game), shots (17.90/game), corner kicks (8.10/game), goals against average (0.39) and shutouts (seven).
• Three Billikens are atop the A-10’s individual rankings. Mary Niehaus leads in GAA (0.42) and shutouts (five), Maddie Pokorny leads in goals (0.60/game) and Alyssa Seitzer leads in assists (0.60/game).
• Through games of Sept. 21, the Billikens are No. 6 in the nation in corner kicks, No. 8 in shutout percentage (.700), No. 10 in GAA and shots on goal (9.00/game), No. 13 in save percentage (.882), No. 19 in goals, No. 21 in points and No. 22 in shots.
• Mary Niehaus is 11th in shutouts, 13th in GAA and 21st in save percentage (.871) in the national rankings. Alyssa Seitzer is 23rd nationally in assists.
• In a balanced Saint Louis attack, 10 different players have scored at least one goal; 14 different Billikens have at least one goal or one assist; and 19 different player combinations have accounted for SLU’s 22 assisted goals. Click here for SLU’s complete statistics.
• Alli Klug was named the A-10 co-Defensive Player of the Week Monday (read the story here) for her effort in wins at Evansville and Murray State. Klug is the seventh different Billiken to earn an A-10 weekly award this season. SLU has had at least one honoree every week and at least two players recognized in each category – Offensive, Defensive and Rookie.
• The Billikens are 23-4-3 since the beginning of the 2016 season.
• Katie Shields owns a 45-33-8 record in her fifth season as head coach.
A LOOK AT THE DUKES
• Duquesne was tabbed for a fifth-place A-10 finish in the preseason coaches’ poll. Senior forward Linnea Faccenda and junior midfielder Casey Aunkst were selected to the preseason All-Conference team.
• Illinois State was a common nonconference opponent for Saint Louis and Duquesne. Both teams posted a 1-0 home victory over ISU.
• Faccenda and Aunkst are among eight starters who returned from Duquesne’s 2016 team that was 11-6-3 overall and 7-2-1 (third place) in the A-10. Faccenda was a first-team All-Conference choice, while junior forward Katie O’Connor made the second team after leading the Dukes in goals (six) and assists (eight).
• Faccenda, O’Connor and freshman forward Lauren Bell are tied for the team lead with three goals apiece. Click here for the Dukes’ statistics and results.
• Duquesne won the 2015 A-10 Championship as the No. 7 seed.