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33 minutes ago, moytoy12 said:

1-0 Notre Dame with about 5 min left in the 1st half. Appeared to be off a corner. 

ND scored off of a corner. Our keep misplayed the cross which was about a yard off the line and the ball bounced in after being kicked around. SLU has gotten the better of play maybe 60-40. SLU hit the post early and forced a diving save in the 1st half. 

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SLU just put a 25 yd shot 6" over the post in the corner at the 55 min mark Thought it was in initially. 

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1 minute ago, slufanskip said:

ND scored off of a corner. Our keep misplayed the cross which was about a yard off the line and the ball bounced in after being kicked around. SLU has gotten the better of play maybe 60-40. SLU hit the post early and forced a diving save in the 1st half. 

Thanks for the info. 

I’m seeing 1-0 Notre Dame in the 2nd half, 59:45. SLU has 8 shots (3 SOG) compared to 7 for ND (2 SOG).

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Based on the stat tracker, it looks like we're putting pressure on ND but just can't put one in the goal. 

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2 minutes ago, moytoy12 said:

Based on the stat tracker, it looks like we're putting pressure on ND but just can't put one in the goal. 

a bit back and forth right now with good chances from both. Lavelle missed a wide open header from 7 yards out putting it over

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SLU goes down 1-0 @ND. Pretty even game with SLU probably creating a couple of good chances and a little more of the play. From the games I've seen lately SLU needs to be better in the final 3rd. In the end it's a season you can be both happy and disappointed with

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25 minutes ago, slufanskip said:

SLU goes down 1-0 @ND. Pretty even game with SLU probably creating a couple of good chances and a little more of the play. From the games I've seen lately SLU needs to be better in the final 3rd. In the end it's a season you can be both happy and disappointed with

It's a bigger challenge to be better in the final third against the better teams. SLU struggled with tougher earlier season games for the same reasons. This was a consistent straight forward team that dominated a weaker league and weaker league tourney, but, lost close low scoring games to the better NCAA level teams. SLU needs to get a little faster, a little bigger, a little stronger while also play at high pace and skill on the ball. It's become/becoming an annual NCAA program, which is a good accomplishment, but not yet one that can win against Power 5 NCAA teams in regular season or NCAA's. That is the next step.

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It's fitting that 3 of the 4 NCAA Final Four teams will be from The Pac 12 Conference. It had the best season of any league this year. (4 of 8 quarterfinalists) 

Stanford, UCLA, Washington St. North Carolina. It was almost all four as USC had a lead at UNC but fell 3-2 in a great game. UCLA and Stanford have been the most dominant teams in the tourney, especially UCLA. Washington St. has been a bit of a Cindarella taking down Virginia and South Carolina on the road in exciting games. 

 

 

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2 minutes ago, courtside said:

Klug, Niehaus, Reimer, Friedrich, named to the all region team.

https://slubillikens.com/news/2019/12/2/womens-soccer-four-billikens-selected-all-region.aspx

Would be nice to see SLU aspire to atmospheres such as the quarterfinal crowd shown below at South Carolina. 


 

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 How did they rank attendance wise nationally? 

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1 hour ago, slufanskip said:

 How did they rank attendance wise nationally? 

I don’t have this year’s totals yet.

For 2018 (last year) SLU was 36th in average home attendance. They were 32nd in total home attendance, 800 per game. (South Carolina was 2nd, 2300 per game avg) .....For perspective, roughly speaking, both of these two teams had similar levels of play 2018/2019 seasons. 

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My nephew goes to SCarolina. I’m order to get football tickets, students must attend a certain number of non-revenue sports events. Those numbers are inflated by their ticket policy.

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28 minutes ago, courtside said:

I don’t have this year’s totals yet.

For 2018 (last year) SLU was 36th in average home attendance. They were 32nd in total home attendance, 800 per game. (South Carolina was 2nd, 2300 per game avg) .....For perspective, roughly speaking, both of these two teams had similar levels of play 2018/2019 seasons. 

Thanks for the info. Regardless of S. Carolina and whether their numbers are inflated or not due to students being required to go. SLU being in the mid 30's is pretty good. Hopefully they continue to make tourneys and play well and it grows. I'd guess 800 a game puts them above many mens teams

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It was mentioned in a different thread about SLU keeping coach Katie Shields. 

She has now completed 7 seasons at SLU and has kept SLU at or near the top of the A-10 during her time. And, SLU has gotten over the hump the past few years of getting into the NCAA's. The next step would be to try to win a little bit in the NCAA's. SLU women's soccer doesn't have much of a history prior to her run. Scheduling is difficult as the league requires too many league games and less opportunity for better RPI non-conference games. And the few they get are often mostly road games. They would benefit from fewer league games and from getting to player stronger non-league opponents later in the season, not just early.

Kat Mertz, her one year predecessor at SLU as head coach, was not re-signed by Oregon after her contract ran out this year. She struggled greatly in her 7 seasons at Oregon. The Pac 12 is often one of the best leagues in the country. It definitely was this year. She never had a winning season there.

So yes, hopefully SLU can give Shields the support and resources she needs to keep growing the program at SLU. If not, they would risk losing her to a power 5 team or a program or league that provides more support.

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3 minutes ago, courtside said:

It was mentioned in a different thread about SLU keeping coach Katie Shields. 

She has now completed 7 seasons at SLU and has kept SLU at or near the top of the A-10 during her time. And, SLU has gotten over the hump the past few years of getting into the NCAA's. The next step would be to try to win a little bit in the NCAA's. SLU women's soccer doesn't have much of a history prior to her run. Scheduling is difficult as the league requires too many league games and less opportunity for better RPI non-conference games. And the few they get are often mostly road games. They would benefit from fewer league games and from getting to player stronger non-league opponents later in the season, not just early.

Kat Mertz, her one year predecessor at SLU as head coach, was not re-signed by Oregon after her contract ran out this year. She struggled greatly in her 7 seasons at Oregon. The Pac 12 is often one of the best leagues in the country. It definitely was this year. She never had a winning season there.

So yes, hopefully SLU can give Shields the support and resources she needs to keep growing the program at SLU. If not, they would risk losing her to a power 5 team or a program or league that provides more support.

In regards to Coach Shields all indications I’ve been given are that she really prefers a school like SLU. Smaller, academically rigorous and we take soccer, especially women’s seriously(having a former women’s player in Janet as asst AD helps). She played at Harvard, coached at Northwestern and Harvard. She’s already turned down at least one big school since taking our HC job. 

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2 minutes ago, billikenfan05 said:

In regards to Coach Shields all indications I’ve been given are that she really prefers a school like SLU. Smaller, academically rigorous and we take soccer, especially women’s seriously(having a former women’s player in Janet as asst AD helps). She played at Harvard, coached at Northwestern and Harvard. She’s already turned down at least one big school since taking our HC job. 

Those opportunities exist in academic conferences as well as some power 5 schools at times. People move on for a variety of reasons. Darren Ambrose left U Penn after 15 seasons for Vandy (and he's done very well at both places) She needs competitive pay for herself and staff, competitive budgets to be able to win in the NCAA's on a regular basis. As long as she keeps having success and improves upon it, she will keep getting opportunities.

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