Enough said. The top-level of soccer in town is on display today. Put down your rake, you owe it to yourself to be there!
Saint Louis (16-4) hosts Fairleigh Dickinson (10-5-6) Sunday in an NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship second round matchup at Robert R. Hermann Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m. The winner of the SLU/Fairleigh Dickinson matchup advances to face the winner of North Carolina and UMBC next Sunday, Nov. 25.
Saint Louis captured the Atlantic 10 Conference title last weekend to earn the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Championship. SLU was selected as the national No. 8 seed, which resulted in a first-round bye.
Saint Louis is making its record 47th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Billikens own a record 10 national championships. It is SLU’s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2009.
Saint Louis’ 16 wins are the most since the 2001 squad won 18 games. The school record for wins in a season belongs to the 1991 team, which posted a 20-2-2 record en route to the NCAA semifinals.
Ten players account for the Billikens’ 42 goals, led by sophomore forward Robbie Kristo, who has tallied 10 times and added five assists for a team-leading 25 points. Sophomore Adnan Gabeljic is second with 19 points (7G, 5A), while sophomore forward Kingsley Bryce has seven goals and three assists for 17 points. Junior midfielder Alex Sweetin also has 17 points (6G, 5A). Junior defender Jon Roeckle has three goals and five assists for 10 points, while freshman midfielder David Graydon chips in with two goals and team-leading five assists. Junior goalkeeper Nick Shackelford has started every game between the posts. He sports a 0.80 goals against average and nine shutouts.
The Billikens’ 45 goals this year are the most by a Billiken squad since the 2002 team scored 50 goals.