WOMEN’S SOCCER PREVIEW: Massachusetts at Saint Louis
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 • 7 p.m. CDT
WHERE: Robert R. Hermann Stadium • St. Louis, Missouri
RECORDS: SLU 14-1-2, 6-1-1 Atlantic 10; Massachusetts 7-7-2, 4-3-1 Atlantic 10
SLU-MASSACHUSETTS SERIES: Saint Louis leads 5-1-3; last three games have been ties
SLU-MASSACHUSETTS LAST MEETING: SLU 0, Massachusetts 0 (Nov. 7, 2013) RECAP
BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: at SLU 3, Richmond 0 (Oct. 15) RECAP
MINUTEWOMEN’S LAST GAME: Massachusetts 2, at Duquesne 0 (Oct. 15) RECAP
UP NEXT FOR THE BILLIKENS: at Fordham • Sunday, Oct. 22 • Noon CDT • Bronx, N.Y.
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A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
• Now in second place in the Atlantic 10 Conference, Saint Louis concludes the home portion of its 2017 regular-season schedule Thursday, Oct. 19, against Massachusetts.
• The Billikens take an 18-game home undefeated streak, dating to the final game of the 2015 season, into Thursday’s contest. That ties the program record set during the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
• With two regular-season games to play, SLU trails only La Salle (8-0) in the A-10 standings. 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 14-1-2 record is the best mark through 17 games in program history. The Bills need only two more victories to tie the school record of 16 established by the 2005 team.
• Saint Louis’ 12 shutouts are just one shy of matching the program record of 13 shared by the 2003 and 2004 teams.
• For a second consecutive season, Mary Niehaus has registered a school-record-tying 14 wins. Niehaus is deadlocked with Meghann Burke (1999) and Amanda Martin (2004) for the Billikens’ single-season standard.
• Courtney Reimer’s team-high eight assists tie her for 10th place on SLU’s all-time single-season list.
• The Billikens lead the A-10 in winning percentage (.882), goals (2.29/game), shots on goal (8.88/game), total shots (17.71/game), goals against average (0.40), save percentage (.891), shutouts (12) and corner kicks (7.88/game). SLU is second in points (6.53/game) and assists (1.94/game).
• Mary Niehaus stands atop the A-10 in GAA (0.43) and save percentage (.881). Courtney Reimer (1G, 8A) leads the A-10 in assists (0.47/game).
• Olivia Petit (8G, 4A) leads the Billikens with 20 points. Joining Petit in double figures are Alyssa Seitzer (5G, 6A) with 16 points, Maddie Pokorny (6G, 2A) with 14 points, Evie Lavelle (4G, 5A) with 13 points and Courtney Reimer (1G, 8A) with 10 points. Click here for SLU’s complete statistics.
• In the national rankings, Saint Louis is fourth in corner kicks, seventh in shots on goal, eighth in winning percentage, save percentage and shutout percentage (.706), ninth in GAA, 21st in goals and total shots, and 25th in points.
• Mary Niehaus is sixth in shutouts and 11th in GAA and save percentage in the NCAA. Courtney Reimer is 29th 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 23 different player combinations have accounted for SLU’s 31 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 28-5-4 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 50-34-9.
A LOOK AT THE MINUTEWOMEN
• Massachusetts notched a big road win Sunday, upending then-second-place Duquesne 2-0.
• The Minutewomen are making a push to qualify for the A-10 Championship following a two-year absence.
• UMass is led by junior forward Erin Doster (7G, 1A). Doster is tied for eighth in the A-10 in goals. Freshman midfielder Jenny Hipp (2G, 5A) ranks ninth in the A-10 in assists (0.33/game).
• Click here for Massachusetts’ statistics and results.