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24 minutes ago, bauman said:

Does anybody know why Lawler is in the senior night picture?  Is she going to by-pass her last year of eligibility?

All of SLU’s Seniors took part in some Senior day photos. The only one not expected back next year is Hatfield, who experienced the full Senior Day ceremonies. 

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17 minutes ago, bauman said:

Does anybody know why Lawler is in the senior night picture?  Is she going to by-pass her last year of eligibility?

I believe that is a picture with all the “seniors” but only Hatfield was celebrated/had flowers because the rest are returning

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44 minutes ago, BuiltFordBills said:

I believe that is a picture with all the “seniors” but only Hatfield was celebrated/had flowers because the rest are returning

Thanks to you and courtside for the reply.  If the four others in the picture are returning for next year that will be outstanding as they are all starter or starter quality.

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2022 SLU commit Lauren Hiatt scored the game winning goal (2-0) in the Tennessee AAA large school Sectional Finals, to send her Ravenwood (Nashville) team to the State Quarterfinals.

Lauren was recently named to the All District Team. She has made a nice comeback from her serious knee injury last year. She has been a big factor in both the defensive midfield and backline since her return this Spring. She will return to TSC ECNL club ball after the High School Season.

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Rhode Island 1 SLU 0 OT

SLU controlled the game and had several chances. Rhode Island had few, but made a great shot off of a couple of mistakes in OT.

Caroline Kelly had a strong first half on the wing. She made several good passes, including this one to Hannah Friedrich who would like the finish back:

SLU had several chances dominating the final 15 minutes but couldn’t find a goal. 

Here Abbie Miller heads a Friedrich corner off of the crossbar that almost bounced over the line:

Another cross for Miller was volleyed off of the near post. 

Kelly had a great chance but a good diving save and loose rebound was cleared. 

Rhode Island OT goal. A Heckel pass giveaway, (she had a couple of those today) turnover and pass ahead to top of box and Stram took  a poor side angle, (earlier she did a nice job marking tight out to 25 yards) player and ball get behind. SLU is too slow to get to the ball for the clear and Claire Ross bends a perfect shot far side netting from 18 yards out for the winner. Stunning defeat.

Earlier in the game, Rhode Island had another chance with a forced turnover at midfield from the wing. Miller, who won several midfield balls, didn’t make the play, doesn’t have the footspeed to get back, Kohl gets caught in between stopping ball and covering the open player in the middle. (Houck needs to slide over and she did) but Kohl was late to stop ball. The defense is split, Heckel drifts back too far inside the box. Shot from inside 18, nice save from Puricelli. That play happened way too many times early in the season. 

Friedrich had some chances she’d like back from the wing. SLU had several shots from distance just over the bar. Gaebe had some really deft touch passing around 18-25 yards. 

Shots were 16-6 for SLU. Corners were 8-2 for SLU. 

Previously SLU had gone to a mid game lineup of Friedrich inside of Kelly and Sawyer with Gaebe up top. SLU dis not try that this game. 

With the loss SLU loses the #2 seed to Dayton. (VCU won. the regular season title Thursday night). 

Puricelli

Houck, Stram, Heckel, Halverson

Miller, Kohl

Kelly, Preusser, Friedrich, 

Gaebe

Lots of Beach outside back rotation with Houck and Halverson (who both played good games.). 

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SLU non-conference opponents:

For the 2nd time in 3 seasons, Xavier has won the regular season Big East Title. (3 local starters) (Georgetown, Butler etc some good teams)

Xavier and SLU opponent Purdue (in the Big 10) have had strong top 20 caliber seasons.

All 5 of SLU’s Power 5 opponents have been RPI Top 100. KU has had some big ranked wins, combined with some disappointing results. Louisville was top 40 much of the season before fading a bit in the rugged ACC. Iowa piled up a strong early season record and had some heartbreaking close losses.

 

 

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I'm going to go ahead and put this article here as its Women's Soccer related.

Kansas City Women's NWSL is building a new 11k with room for seating expansion, privately funded stadium, for $70 Million along the downtown riverfront. They are also building a new privately funded practice facility for $15 Million. 

https://grantwahl.substack.com/p/kansas-city-nwsl-team-announces-womens

The suburban MLS Mercy Park was built 10 years ago, for $200 Million, and has hosted dozens of Men and Women's International games. 

At the youth level, Sporting KC boys academy is very good, often having some.of the highest rated youth players nationally. (They recently had wins over Stl City) 

In girls soccer, KC Athletics won the U15 National Championship in ECNL this summer. Their U17 is undefeated dominating the league this fall. (SLU commit Ashley Koch (was also recruited by many Big Ten Big 12 SEC ACC etc schools), plays on that team. SLU's Sophia Stram also played there. SLU is battling some heavy hitters for a few of the 2023/2024 players. SLU lost a recruiting battle recently for a midfielder to Oklahoma St. Caroline Kelly, Bri Halverson also played KC club ball. 

Sporting Blue Valley is a good program switching from girls academy to ECNL. Two of their players play on the U17 national camp this fall. One is headed to Arkansas who just won the SEC for the 3rd straight year, and one is headed to Vanderbilt. (SLU recruited her early on) Lots and lots of strong D-1 commits from their program. SLU's Katelyn Brinkman played there. They have several commits to West Virginia, Ole Miss, 3 at Creighton, Mizzou etc...Florida. They have Freshmen at Florida St. Oklahoma St. and many more.

Soccer is alive and well in KC, and, it is a big recruiting area for both SLU women and Men's Soccer. 

Stadium renderings:

 

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2 hours ago, courtside said:

I'm going to go ahead and put this article here as its Women's Soccer related.

Kansas City Women's NWSL is building a new 11k with room for seating expansion, privately funded stadium, for $70 Million along the downtoen riverfront. They are also building a new privately funded practice facility for $15 Million. 

https://grantwahl.substack.com/p/kansas-city-nwsl-team-announces-womens

The suburban MLS Mercy Park was built 10 years ago, for $200 Million, and has hosted dozens of Men and Women's International games. 

At the youth level, Sporting KC boys academy is very good, often having some.of the highest rated youth players nationally. (They recently had wins over Stl City) 

In girls soccer, KC Athletics won the U15 National Championship in ECNL this summer. Their U17 is undefeated dominating the league this fall. (SLU commit Ashley Koch (was also recruited by many Big Ten Big 12 SEC ACC etc schools), plays on that team. SLU's Sophia Stram also played there. SLU is battling some heavy hitters for a few of the 2023/2024 players. SLU lost a recruiting battle recently for a midfielder to Oklahoma St. Caroline Kelly, Bri Halverson also played KC club ball. 

Sporting Blue Valley is a good program switching from girls academy to ECNL. Two of their players play on the U17 national camp this fall. One is headed to Arkansas who just won the SEC for the 3rd straight year, and one is headed to Vanderbilt. (SLU recruited her early on) Lots and lots of strong D-1 commits from their program. SLU's Katelyn Brinkman played there. They have several commits to West Virginia, Ole Miss, 3 at Creighton, Mizzou etc...Florida. They have Freshmen at Florida St. Oklahoma St. and many more.

Soccer is alive and well in KC, and, it is a big recruiting area for both SLU women and Men's Soccer. KC doesn't have a SLU type school/fit for players. 

Stadium renderings:

 

That is awesome. 

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On 10/24/2021 at 1:58 PM, courtside said:

2022 SLU commit Lauren Hiatt scored the game winning goal (2-0) in the Tennessee AAA large school Sectional Finals, to send her Ravenwood (Nashville) team to the State Quarterfinals.

Lauren was recently named to the All District Team. She has made a nice comeback from her serious knee injury last year. She has been a big factor in both the defensive midfield and backline since her return this Spring. She will return to TSC ECNL club ball after the High School Season.

Some 2022 SLU commit updates:

End of a High School Career for 2022 SLU commit Lauren Hiatt, as her high school team fell in the AAA Tennessee State Semifinals. They were seeking their 3rd straight state title. Strong season all across the backline and defensive midfield for Hiatt. (Played a lot of left back). Up next is November ECNL Club ball with her TSC team. 

2022 SLU commit Becca Wolterman, a goalkeeper, recorded a shutout (14.5 shutouts on the season so far) to win her team’s Ohio D-II District Championship. They advanced to the Regional Semifinals (Round of 16) next week. After the season she will play club ball with Ohio Elite in ECNL.

2022 SLU commit Taylor Krueger, a Central Attacking Midfielder and sometimes Forward, plays Oregon 6A State Round of 32 play this weekend. She and her team are seeking their 4th straight state title. They are the top seed despite having their 76 game win streak snapped recently. After the season, she will play club ball with Crossfire United.

2022 SLU commit Hannah Smith a Forward and Wing, is 7-2 thus far in U18/19 ECNL Midwest Conference Play. She and her SLSG club team play Sporting Blue Valley in Kansas City this weekend. 

2022 SLU commit Ellie Paloucek, a midfielder, and her U18/19 Sporting Stl Red Devils team, are 7-0-2 in Girls Academy, Frontier Conference league play, thus far. 

 

 

 

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11 hours ago, courtside said:

Some 2022 SLU commit updates:

End of a High School Career for 2022 SLU commit Lauren Hiatt, as her high school team fell in the AAA Tennessee State Semifinals. They were seeking their 3rd straight state title. Strong season all across the backline and defensive midfield for Hiatt. (Played a lot of left back). Up next is November ECNL Club ball with her TSC team. 

2022 SLU commit Becca Wolterman, a goalkeeper, recorded a shutout (14.5 shutouts on the season so far) to win her team’s Ohio D-II District Championship. They advanced to the Regional Semifinals (Round of 16) next week. After the season she will play club ball with Ohio Elite in ECNL.

2022 SLU commit Taylor Krueger, a Central Attacking Midfielder and sometimes Forward, plays Oregon 6A State Round of 32 play this weekend. She and her team are seeking their 4th straight state title. They are the top seed despite having their 76 game win streak snapped recently. After the season, she will play flub ball with Crossfire United.

2022 SLU commit Hannah Smith a Forward and Wing, is 7-2 thus far in U18/19 ECNL Midwest Conference Play. She and her SLSG club team play Sporting Blue Valley in Kansas City this weekend. 

2022 SLU commit Ellie Paloucek, a midfielder, and her U18/19 Sporting Stl Red Devils team, are 7-0-2 in Girls Academy, Frontier Conference league play, thus far. 

 

 

 

-seems like more competition for minutes next season, good work CKatie and staff, although like all teams these days some ladies will transfer

-any idea how our former player did at SWMO St?

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42 minutes ago, Cowboy II said:

-seems like more competition for minutes next season, good work CKatie and staff, although like all teams these days some ladies will transfer

-any idea how our former player did at SWMO St?

Isabel Burke had a solid season on the back line at Missouri St. For the 4th straight season, she was an every game starter. She was 2nd team all MVC last season. Preseason Honorable mention this season. She started every game for SLU back in her Freshman and Sophomore seasons, and, she was A-10 Rookie team. She played at the same high school as Ellie Paloucek, Maddie Pokorny, etc..the same one where SLU assistant Chris Allen coached for many years. And she played club ball at SLSG where SLU has had a lot of recruits. 

SLU has recruited well on the backline over the years. Right now SLU has Houck, Stram, Heckel, Halverson, Beach, Brinkman, Stureman on the back line. (3 of those players had varying injuries this season). That’s 7 players. Incoming 2022 commit Lauren Hiatt is a back line defender and defensive midfielder. 2023 Autumn Jackson is an IMG Top 150 wingback. 2023 Macy Lutz is a back line defender. Her sister Mackenzie has been very good for Dayton. (had a strong game vs SLU this season)  

SLU is recruiting a couple of elite 2024 backline defenders out of Kansas City. Top level, Power 5 school competition for both of them. There are a few elite ones from Stl as well. 2025 has several local LFA backline defenders that played in the GA National Semifinals this summer. Mizzou landed one of the best local backline defenders in the 2023 class (top 100 player, and, good friend of Autumn Jackson) There are others too.

So, recruiting never stops. It starts with U13 players and goes through U19. SLU targets specific players, gets in early and battles. They win some recruiting battles, they lose some recruiting battles. They do not simply get whomever they want. They are not at that level in recruiting. But they keep getting more and more competitive, and, they have the attention and interest of some of the very best players in the region.

Transfers happen, yes. SLU has landed some good ones too. 

MSU’s team wasn’t super strong this season. (They were good last year.) MSU was a game that SLU did everything but win this season. Their coach (Rob Brewer) is retiring. He’s the only coach they have ever had since 1996. I expect his assistant, who is also a regional ODP coach, to take over the program.(Kirk Nelson) So that means Nelson gets a lot of contact with some very good ODP players in the region that helps their recruiting. He has some U.S soccer experience too. We’ll see. 

MSU recruits the local area and region. Hailey Chambliss, is both a club and high school teammate of SLU commit Hannah Smith. Nice player. Also Joey Fosnow from KC Athletics committed there. Riley Smith from Kansas Rush took a visit there recently. Kirk Nelson has really been recruiting the region. 

Loyola Chicago was the top team in the MVC this season. I’d say about 5 of the 9 MVC schools recruit the locally area often.

Isabel has had a good, steady, solid, college soccer career at SLU and MSU. 

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For the 2nd straight weekend, St. Joe’s has defeated VCU 1-0 at VCU. 

Last weekend, St. Joe’s snapped a 9 game win street for VCU. 

This weekend, it was as the #8 seed in the conference tourney, knocking out the regular season champions, and, #1 conference tourney seed. 

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SLU 2 Rhode Island 1  2OT.

Similar game and feel to last weekend at Rhode Island. That game, on a slow clear, Claire Ross received a nice back heel pass from Laila Rosenthal at the corner of the 18, and she buried it far side netting:

 

In the 53rd minute in the A-10 Tourney game, Claire Ross took a deflected corner clear box to box, beating one Billiken at her own 18, and another at SLU’s 18, before beating Puricelli, low far side netting. 

SLU had one of its 10 corner kicks in the game. As SLU likes to do, they move everyone forward to score off of corners. Walsh bluffed a short corner and ran to center of the 18. Beach was the only player back. Neither made the play. Some of SLU’s faster players were not on the field at the time of the goal. That play has happened too many times this season. There are different ways to stop and/or slow down the play. 

Later, SLU equalizes when they pushed everyone forward. Bri Arthur sent a cross that found its way through traffic to Bri Halverson on the back post. 

In the overtime, again, SLU pushes up for corners. Hannah Friedrich to Lyndsey Heckel back post header off of the far post and in for the winner.

Puricelli

Houck, Stram, Heckel, Halverson

Kohl, Miller

Sawyer, Friedrich, Kelly

Gaebe

SLU started Kelly on the wing where she has been more effective, and, SLU started Friedrich in the middle, where she has been more effective. They went away from it after half time.

SLU hit the crossbar twice from distance on angled passes, and couldn’t finish the rebound. Anna Lawler also headed one off of the crossbar here just after half time on a Friedrich corner:

SLU played 4 attacking mids instead of 3, 1 d-mid instead of 2, much ot the 2nd half to try to find a goal. 

Bri Arthur once again provided quality bench minutes in the 2nd half, and in OT on right wing. 

Shots were 25-7. Corners 10-0.

 

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With those shots and corners stats, URI should not feel bad about the loss.  They went to 2OT in a game they were clearly outplayed.  Great job ladies.  Now lets get the next two and go to the Tournament like everyone planned.

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Richmond gave Dayton a game. But Dayton pulled away in the 2nd half.

Atlantic 10 has the remaining conference tourney games set up as: With VCU out, SLU plays Dayton, at Dayton at 3pm Central Friday. (After UMass vs St. Joe's). If SLU wins, they play in the A10 Conference Tourney Title game at 11am Central Time Sunday. 

SLU has defeated all 3 remaining teams this season. (2 were at home) 

As if often the case, the Dayton game holds extra meaning for a variety of reasons, including recruiting purposes for SLU. Both schools have, and are, recruiting some of the same players.

 

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On 10/31/2021 at 8:07 AM, courtside said:

SLU 2 Rhode Island 1  2OT.

Similar game and feel to last weekend at Rhode Island. That game, on a slow clear, Claire Ross received a nice back heel pass from Laila Rosenthal at the corner of the 18, and she buried it far side netting:

 

In the 53rd minute in the A-10 Tourney game, Claire Ross took a deflected corner clear box to box, beating one Billiken at her own 18, and another at SLU’s 18, before beating Puricelli, low far side netting. 

SLU had one of its 10 corner kicks in the game. As SLU likes to do, they move everyone forward to score off of corners. Walsh bluffed a short corner and ran to center of the 18. Beach was the only player back. Neither made the play. Some of SLU’s faster players were not on the field at the time of the goal. That play has happened too many times this season. There are different ways to stop and/or slow down the play. 

Later, SLU equalizes when they pushed everyone forward. Bri Arthur sent a cross that found its way through traffic to Bri Halverson on the back post. 

In the overtime, again, SLU pushes up for corners. Hannah Friedrich to Lyndsey Heckel back post header off of the far post and in for the winner.

Puricelli

Houck, Stram, Heckel, Halverson

Kohl, Miller

Sawyer, Friedrich, Kelly

Gaebe

SLU started Kelly on the wing where she has been more effective, and, SLU started Friedrich in the middle, where she has been more effective. They went away from it after half time.

SLU hit the crossbar twice from distance on angled passes, and couldn’t finish the rebound. Anna Lawler also headed one off of the crossbar here just after half time on a Friedrich corner:

SLU played 4 attacking mids instead of 3, 1 d-mid instead of 2, much ot the 2nd half to try to find a goal. 

Bri Arthur once again provided quality bench minutes in the 2nd half, and in OT on right wing. 

Shots were 25-7. Corners 10-0.

 

Huge props to the camera man on the view of the golden goal and celebration.

Edit: On viewing one of the other angles, it was just a guy with his phone.  Looks professionally done.  Very smart of him to come onto the field and capture the celebration knowing that the game was over.

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3 hours ago, courtside said:

Richmond gave Dayton a game. But Dayton pulled away in the 2nd half.

Atlantic 10 has the remaining conference tourney games set up as: With VCU out, SLU plays Dayton, at Dayton at 3pm Central Friday. (After UMass vs St. Joe's). If SLU wins, they play in the A10 Conference Tourney Title game at 11am Central Time Sunday. 

SLU has defeated all 3 remaining teams this season. (2 were at home) 

As if often the case, the Dayton game holds extra meaning for a variety of reasons, including recruiting purposes for SLU. Both schools have, and are, recruiting some of the same players.

 

What was Dayton's seed? I thought they were the 8? 

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