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What's on Tap: Saint Louis welcomes Dayton and Xavier to Robert R. Hermann Stadium this weekend for two Atlantic 10 Conference men's soccer matches. Friday night's game against the Flyers will kick at 7 p.m., while the Musketeers are in town Sunday for a 1 p.m. matchup.

Ticket Information: Tickets for all men's soccer home games at Robert R. Hermann Stadium can be purchased at the gate, by phone at (314) 977-4SLU or online at SLUBillikens.com. Prices for single-game tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. Groups of 20 or more receive discounted tickets for $4 apiece. Students with a valid SLU ID card receive free admission.

Following the Action: All Billiken home games this season will be video streamed live on the Internet at SLUBillikens.com. Subscriptions are available for $79.95 annually or $9.95 a month. To sign up, follow the Watch link in the upcoming events section on the front page of SLUBillikens.com, located just below the main story. Live stats for all home games also are available free of charge at SLUBillikens.com.

Brian McBride Night: Saint Louis soccer great Brian McBride will be in attendance at the Billikens' match against Charlotte Saturday, Nov. 5. The game kicks at 7 p.m. McBride will be recognized at halftime, and a limited number of Brian McBride bobbleheads will be given away at the Hermann Stadium entrance. McBride, SLU's all-time leading scorer, recently completed a brilliant professional career that included success in Major League Soccer and the English Premier League, as well as with the United States National Team.

Senior Night: The Saturday, Nov. 5, game against Charlotte will also serve as Senior Night. The following Billiken seniors will be honored in a ceremony at Hermann Stadium prior to the match - Beau Bellomy, Alex Johnston, Mike Roach, Blake Schneider and Chad Vandegriffe.

About the Billikens: Saint Louis has won three of four and enters the weekend 5-8-1 overall and 3-3 in the A-10, which puts the Billikens in a tie for sixth in the league standings. A pair of freshmen lead the team in scoring, as midfielder Raymond Lee (4G, 1A) and forward Robbie Kristo (4G, 1A) have nine points apiece. Senior forward Mike Roach trails with eight points (2G, 4A). Freshman midfielders Kingsley Bryce and William Hidalgo have two goals apiece. Senior midfielder Alex Johnston, sophomore forward Adnan Gabeljic and sophomore Jon Roeckle have also tallied for the Billikens. Hidalgo is second on the team with three assists. Senior defenders Chad Vandegriffe and Blake Schneider help anchor the back line. Sophomore keeper Nick Shackelford is 5-5-1 with a 1.30 goals against average in 11 starts.

Youth Movement: The Billikens regularly start seven underclassmen, including five freshmen. Four of the Billikens' top five scorers are freshmen.

Billikens Knock Off Ranked Foes: Two of Saint Louis' victories this season have come against ranked foes. On Sept. 16, the Billikens prevailed 2-1 at No. 17 South Florida on a pair of goals by Kingsley Bryce. Saint Louis picked up its first victory of the season Sept. 4, a 2-1 double-overtime victory against No. 10 Notre Dame at the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic at Indiana University. Adnan Gabeljic and Alex Johnston scored for the Billikens.

Tough Schedule: The Billikens have played one of the toughest schedules in the country. Seven of the Billikens' first eight opponents either have been, or currently are, nationally ranked. Future ranked opponents are Xavier (RV-NSCAA) on Oct. 30 and No. 10 Charlotte (NSCAA) on Nov. 5. Both of those games will take place at Hermann Stadium.

A Look at the Flyers: Dayton comes to St. Louis with a 5-11 overall record and a 4-2 mark in A-10 play. The Flyers have won four in a row, out-scoring their opponents 9-1 during that stretch. Abe Keller leads the team with nine points (3G, 3A), while Greg Enstone, the reigning A-10 Rookie of the Week, and Victor Duru follow with seven points (3G, 1A) apiece. Keeper Alec Storm has seen the majority of action in goal and has a 1.58 goals against average to go along with four shutouts. Head coach Dennis Currier is in his 18th career season with a 256-95-30 record.

A Look at the Musketeers: Xavier, the reigning A-10 tournament champion, is 9-3-2 overall and 3-2-1 in league play heading into Friday's game at Charlotte. Luke Spencer paces the Musketeers with 14 points (5G, 4A), while Gino Depaoli follows with 12 points (4G, 4A). Ryan Engelmann and Justin Marshall split time between the posts. Engelmann has a 0.69 GAA in six games, while Marshall has posted a 0.88 GAA in 10 matches. Six of Xavier's nine victories have come via a shutout. Head coach Andy Fleming is in his second season at Xavier with a 19-10-6 record.

A-10 Tourney at Hermann Stadium: Saint Louis University will host the 2011 Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Soccer Championship Nov. 10-13 at Robert R. Hermann Stadium on the SLU campus. The top six teams in the A-10 standings at the end of the regular season qualify for the single-elimination tournament. It is the first time since 2005 that SLU has served as the tournament host. The winning team receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

A-10 Honors: After scoring game-winning goals against Duquesne and St. Bonaventure, Saint Louis freshman forward Robbie Kristo was named A-10 co-Rookie of the Week Oct. 17. Kristo tallied in the 88th minute against Duquesne and the 81st minute versus St. Bonaventure. Saint Louis freshman midfielder Kingsley Bryce was tabbed the Atlantic 10 Conference men's soccer Rookie of the Week Sept. 19. Bryce scored both goals in the Billikens' 2-1 victory against No. 17 South Florida Sept. 16. Senior midfielder Alex Johnston and freshman midfielder Raymond Lee were named A-10 Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, Sept. 5. The duo hooked up for the double-overtime game winner against No. 10 Notre Dame, with Lee crossing the ball to Johnston for the deciding tally.

All-Tourney Team: Senior midfielder Alex Johnston, sophomore forward Adnan Gabeljic and freshman midfielder Kingsley Bryce were named to the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic All-Tournament team.

Great Crowds: Saint Louis leads the A-10 and ranks among the national leaders in home attendance, averaging more than 2,500 fans per game at Hermann Stadium. According to Soccer America, the crowd of 5,568 that saw the Billikens draw Missouri State on Homecoming is the ninth largest in the nation. That crowd is also the sixth largest in Hermann Stadium history.

SLU Coaching Staff: Mike McGinty is in his second season as the Billikens' head coach. He was hired at SLU in March 2010 after an 11-year stint at the University of Virginia, where he served as associate head coach for the 2009 NCAA national champion Cavaliers. McGinty's two-year career coaching record is 14-15-4. He is aided by assistant coaches Jason O'Keefe and Mark Santel, senior graduate manager John DiRaimondo and goalkeeper coach Franco Carotenuto.

Preseason Plaudits: Freshmen William Hidalgo and Robbie Kristo were selected to the A-10 preseason All-Rookie team. In addition, the Billikens were selected to finish second in the A-10 race by a vote of the league's head coaches.

Robson Gets Nod: TopDrawerSoccer.com keeps a weekly tally of what it considers the top upperclassmen in the country. In the latest ranking, SLU junior Michael Robson came in at No. 26. Last season, Robson claimed second-team All-Conference honors and was named second-team All-Region by the NSCAA.

NCAA History: The Billikens have qualified for the NCAA Tournament a record 46 times. SLU has won a record 10 national championships: 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1972 and 1973.


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