Bills Welcome Butler, Vanderbilt to Hermann Stadium

SLU unbeaten through four games for third time in program history


Andrea Barklage has been named to two All-Tournament teams.

Sept. 9, 2008

THIS WEEK: Saint Louis women's soccer (3-0-1) continues its four-game homestand this weekend against opponents from the Horizon League and the Southeastern Conference. The Butler Bulldogs (2-3) visit Robert R. Hermann Stadium Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Sunday, the Vanderbilt Commodores (5-0) come calling for a 1 p.m. match.

FOLLOWING THE ACTION: All Billiken home games this season will be video streamed live on the Internet via Billiken All-Access at www.slubillikens.com. Subscriptions are available for $79.95 annually or $9.95 a month. In addition to the games, fans can view player interviews, highlights and the Tim Champion Show at no charge. GameTracker is again available free of charge in 2008.

TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets for all women's soccer home games at Robert R. Hermann Stadium may be purchased at the gate, by phone at (314) 977-4SLU or online at www.slubillikens.com. Prices for single-game tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youth. Groups of 20 or more receive discounted tickets for $3 apiece. Students with a valid SLU ID card receive free admission.

THE BILLIKEN LODOWN: Senior back Lauren Olson will keep an online journal this season, a feature available only on www.slubillikens.com. The journal will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the women's soccer squad and will be updated weekly throughout the year. Go to the women's soccer page and look for "The Billiken LoDown" button.

SLU DEFENSE A STONE WALL: By allowing just one goal in their first four contests, the Billikens have tied a program record for fewest goals allowed in the first four games of a season. The 2003 team yielded just one marker in its first four outings.

BILLS UNBEATEN THROUGH FOUR FOR THIRD TIME: At 3-0-1, Saint Louis is undefeated through four games for the third time in program history, joining the 2000 (4-0-0) and 2003 (3-0-1) teams.

 

 

PERRY HONORED BY A-10: Freshman goalkeeper Hannah Perry was named Atlantic 10 Conference co-Rookie of the Week for her performance in the Toys For Tots Tournament hosted by SLU. In a 1-0 win over Nebraska Friday night, Perry tied a Hermann Stadium record for a Billiken by making 10 saves. She collected one save Sunday in a 0-0 deadlock against Missouri State, posting her third consecutive shutout and lowering her goals against average to 0.24.

FOUR BILLS NAMED TO TOYS FOR TOTS ALL-TOURNEY TEAM: Senior back Lauren Olson, junior midfielder Ashley Hayes, freshman goalkeeper Hannah Perry and freshman back Andrea Barklage were selected to the Toys For Tots All-Tournament team. Olson, Perry and Barklage anchored a defense that registered shutouts against Nebraska (1-0) and Missouri State (0-0). Hayes scored the game-winning goal against Nebraska, while Perry's 10 saves in that game tied a Hermann Stadium record for a SLU goalkeeper.

BARKLAGE 2-FOR-2: The Toys For Tots honor was the second All-Tournament nod for Andrea Barklage. She was tabbed for the same accolade at Army's BAE Systems Fall Classic the previous weekend.

SCOUTING BUTLER: The Bulldogs, who snapped a two-game skid by beating IPFW 3-0 Sept. 7, return nine starters and six additional letterwinners from last year's team that finished 10-9-1 overall and 5-3-0 (fourth) in the Horizon League. The 10 victories were the most for Butler since 2002. Junior forward/midfielder Carrie Twyman leads the team with three goals, while junior midfielder Molly Kruger and sophomore defender Sarah Phelps have two assists apiece. Sophomore keeper Laura Baker owns a 0.68 goals against average. The Bulldogs also feature a pair of 2007 All-Conference first-team selections in senior midfielder Angie Muir and junior defender/midfielder Abbie Kaul. Third-year head coach Tari St. John has a 17-23-4 Butler and career ledger.

THE BUTLER SERIES: The Billikens and Bulldogs are meeting for the first time. SLU has a 4-0-0 record against other Horizon League members.

SCOUTING VANDERBILT: The Commodores, who return seven starters and 10 additional letterwinners, compiled a 6-10-3 overall record and a 3-6-2 mark (ninth) in the SEC last season following NCAA Tournament appearances in 2005 and 2006. Vanderbilt, which owns two 1-0 double-overtime wins among its five victories, plays at Missouri Friday night before its Sunday match against the Billikens. Sophomore defender Lindsay Ratterman has two goals, while nine of her teammates have one goal apiece in a balanced attack. Sophomore keeper Rachel Bachtel has turned in a 0.39 GAA in five outings. The Commodores also feature senior midfielder Katie Schulz, a 2007 second-team All-SEC choice. In his 10th season as a collegiate head coach and eighth season at Vandy, Ronnie Coveleskie is 79-71-27 overall and 64-50-23 with the Commodores.

THE VANDERBILT SERIES: The Commodores lead the series 2-1. The teams have split two games in Nashville, and Vandy captured the most recent meeting, at Hermann Stadium in 2003, by a 1-0 score. Overall, the Billikens have a 5-3 mark against SEC teams.

BILLS IN THE A-10 STATISTICAL RANKINGS: SLU leads the Atlantic 10 in shots (17.25 per game), goals against average (0.24) and shutouts (three) while ranking fourth in assists (1.25 pg) and corner kicks (5.25 pg). Individually, Hannah Perry leads the league in GAA (0.24), save percentage (.952) and shutouts (three). Susan Frederickson is fifth in shots (3.25 pg) and tied for fifth in assists (0.50 pg), while Molly Hartmann is tied for eighth in goals (0.50 pg) and tied for 10th in points (1.00 pg). Julia Bradenberg and Andrea Barklage are tied for sixth in shots (3.00 pg).

RECAPPING THE MISSOURI STATE GAME: Saint Louis earned a 27-10 advantage in shots and a 13-3 margin in corner kicks in the Toys For Tots Tournament finale Sunday, but the Bills couldn't find the net and settled for a 0-0 tie with the Bears. Susan Frederickson fired a career-high nine shots, including four on goal, and Andrea Barklage added a career-high six shots. Despite having their three-game winning streak broken, the Billikens and keeper Hannah Perry chalked up their third consecutive shutout.

RECAPPING THE NEBRASKA GAME: The Billikens gained revenge for a 5-1 loss to the Huskers last season with a 1-0 triumph Friday night in the Toys For Tots Tournament. Ashley Hayes, with an assist from Susan Frederickson, scored the game's only goal in the 21st minute. The defense, led by Hannah Perry's 10 saves, withstood constant pressure from the Nebraska attack to post the shutout.

PRESEASON HONORS: Julia Bradenberg was named to the A-10 preseason All-Conference team, while Andrea Barklage earned a spot on the league's All-Rookie team. The Billikens were picked by A-10 head coaches to finish third in the conference. Defending champion Charlotte is the preseason favorite, followed by Dayton.

ASCENDING THE CAREER CHARTS: On the Bills' career game-winning goals chart, Julia Bradenberg is tied for seventh with six game-winners, while Kelly Waeckerle is tied for 10th with five.

SEEING DOUBLE: Saint Louis finished the 2007 campaign with a 10-6-2 record, giving the Bills a double-digit victory total for the 10th time in the 12-year history of the program. Included in that record was a 7-2-2 mark in Atlantic 10 Conference play.

HEAD COACH Tim Champion: The only head coach in Saint Louis women's soccer history, Tim Champion is in his 13th season in charge of the Billikens and his 16th season overall as a collegiate head coach. He owns a 151-73-23 record (.658) at SLU helm and a career mark of 211-87-26 (.691). Champion has led his teams to three conference regular-season championships and two conference tournament titles. He became the first head coach to guide a SLU women's program to the NCAA Tournament when his 2005 Billikens made the first of two consecutive NCAA appearances. Champion's .689 win percentage and 208 victories at the beginning of the season ranked 19th and 27th, respectively, all time among coaches with at least 10 seasons as an NCAA Division I head coach. The win percentage is 21st in the nation and the victory total is 24th among active coaches with at least five years as a Division I head coach. Joining Champion on the sideline are assistant coaches Kelly Ferguson and Rob LaMear and graduate assistant Sarah Schweitzer.

HERMANN STADIUM: Billiken women's soccer has been tough to beat on Robert R. Hermann Stadium's state-of-the-art natural grass. Since the facility re-opened in 1999, the Bills have posted a 70-17-4 (.791) record at home, including a 39-6-2 (.851) mark in league play. SLU was undefeated at home in the 2006 regular season, yielding just one tie to nationally ranked Marquette, before falling to Illinois in the NCAA Tournament second round. Last season yielded a 7-1 Saint Louis ledger on the home pitch. The Bills played 18 straight games without a home loss beginning Sept. 16, 2005, and running through an NCAA Tournament first-round win over Drake on Nov. 10, 2006.

SLU TO HOST 2008 A-10 CHAMPIONSHIP: Robert R. Hermann Stadium will be the site of the 2008 Atlantic 10 Women's Soccer Championship. The top six teams in the final A-10 regular-season standings will gather in St. Louis to compete for the league's tournament championship and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. First-round action is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 6, followed by the semifinals Nov. 7 and the title game Nov. 9.

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