The College season is underway with the SIUE Cougars opening their preseason schedule with an exhibition match at Evansville last night (RESULT ). I hope to provide weekly College Soccer updates this season on Thursday’s that offer upcoming games in St. Louis and links to reports on players and teams as the season progresses. So let’s get this started.
Some administration first – Check out my College Page where I’m using a new database to track college players. An intern has gotten the Women’s list in great shape, I have some work to do on the Men’s list. If you are a College Player, you can submit your information (or provide updates) via a Form. Share stories and awards with me so that I can share it with the fans of this site.
Let’s start with the Washington University Bears, where the women are the defending National Champions in NCAA Division 3. They start the season ranked No. 1 in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Top-25 Poll. Senior forward Mariana Alisio (Ladue) returns after leading the squad and the UAA in assists with eight. They open their season September 1st at DePauw and their first home game comes Thursday September 7 against Rose-Hulman.
Home games this weekend are all NCAA Division 1, here in St. Louis as well as in Cape Girardeau and Columbia. I suspect Anna Lawler will be on hand for the Oklahoma State Cowboys match at Mizzou, I hope they return sometime during her four year career that begins next Fall. Get out and see a game, your kids will love it!
|Fri Aug 11||5pm||Women||SEMO v Central AR (exh)||Cape Girardeau|
|Fri Aug 11||7pm||Women||SLU hosts Western Kentucky (exh.)||Hermann Stadium|
|Sat Aug 12||1pm||Women||SIUE vs IUPUI (exh)||Korte Stadium|
|Sat Aug 12||6:30pm||Women||Mizzou v OK State||Columbia|
|Sat Aug 12||7pm||Men||SLU v UMKC (exh.)||Hermann Stadium|
|Mon Aug 14||7pm||Men||SLU v STLCC Archers (exh.)||Hermann Stadium|
Note that ALL of the local college programs, from D1 to NJCAA, are part of my St. Louis Soccer calendar. Women’s games are coded Pink/Red and Men’s are Blue. Also included are High School games (orange) and Club games (green). One place to find all of the local action!
Kirsten Davis (Westminster) has joined Jr. Carly Wickenheiser (St. Joe) at Texas Tech and the local paper looked at the incoming freshman, singling out Davis as an important part of the offense.
The Stanford Cardinal’s have now won two straight NCAA titles and come into the season ranked Number 1 in the NCAA polls. Logan Panchot, who I consider the Top Recruit out of St. Louis this year, is part of their top-ranked recruiting class.
The West Virginia Mountaineers suffered a surprising loss in the National title game last year and Alli Magaletta (St. Joe) returns for her senior year. The loss to USC (who visit Mizzou September 1st) provided plenty of motivation to return and earn hardware of their own. The preseason polls have them at Number 1 so they look positioned to accomplish it. Magaletta started all 27 games at defensive midfield and got the game-winner against Duke in the NCAA Quarterfinals. The team has already opened their season with a 2-1 win against Michigan earlier this week. Coach Izzo-Brown was quoted noting Alli (Magaletta) was smart and worked hard.
Finally, how about Ashley Parks! The red-shirt senior was named to the Atlantic Sun preseason All-Conference team as an outside back. Congratulations to the Lafayette Lancer alum, have a great senior year!
— ASUN Soccer ⚽ (@ASUNSoccer) August 7, 2017
The SIUE Women are picked second in the OVC Preseason Poll. The Cougars are coming off an impressive season finishing with a 10-8-5 (6-3-1 OVC) record. The Cougars became just the second OVC team ever to advance to the NCAA second round after ousting Notre Dame in the first round.
Missouri makes its 2017 television debut on Sunday, Aug. 20 when the squad hosts Iowa State at 4 p.m. CT in the Tigers’ official home opener. The Sept. 24 home matchup with Texas A&M is also slated for television, as the Tigers and Aggies will appear on ESPNU at 5 p.m. CT. A road game at Kentucky on Thursday, Oct. 12 on SEC Network rounds out Mizzou’s regular season television contests.
All nine games of the 2017 SEC Tournament will be broadcast on SEC Network as well, including the championship match on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. CT. Mizzou enters the 2017 season coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance a year ago.