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
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:
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
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.