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From this week’s Spring Game vs Central Missouri. (4-1 SLU.)

(UMSL stepped in to play SLU last week when Illinois State canceled at the last minute.)

As mentioned, Central Missouri has been one of the best D2 teams nationally the past decade or so. Good opportunity to work on some things.

4-2-3-1 for SLU for the most part. SLU has also played some 4-1-3-2 this Spring. (We’ve had some off of the board discussion regarding roster position and depth for Fall.) 

Summers, who shared left wing time with Friedrich opened the scoring here:

https://twitter.com/sluwsoccer/status/1516576402035912704?s=21&t=KZr9JOk-Rmjm3uvnyfrOpA

Kelly, who has been sharing time with Gaebe up top this Spring added two more:

https://twitter.com/sluwsoccer/status/1516578976004718593?s=21&t=KZr9JOk-Rmjm3uvnyfrOpA

This one had a Hannah Larson assist, in her discussed long awaited return to action:

https://twitter.com/sluwsoccer/status/1516585937249214464?s=21&t=KZr9JOk-Rmjm3uvnyfrOpA

And Stram adds one off of the corner set piece from Friedrich and Walsh. She has been settling in with Houck, Heckel, and Halverson in back while some others have also received some new positional experience at center back and wing back this Spring.

https://twitter.com/sluwsoccer/status/1516587844336340993?s=21&t=KZr9JOk-Rmjm3uvnyfrOpA

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Busy time with Spring SLU player development, and, all out recruiting for 2024 players (and 2025, 2026), high school ball, club ball, super cup, showcases,’etc…I expect several strong SLU commits between mid June and mid Sept for the 2024 class.

 

 

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Ok, so from what I saw this spring I like this team. If they can avoid the injuries that plagued them last year, they should do well.  Larson, Kelly, Sawyer, Friedrich, Summers, Gaebe, Groak give them lots of dangerous scoring options, Heckel, Stram, Halverson, Houck and Puricelli look like a really good defensive unit, Kohl, Walsh, Preusser and the rest clog up the middle and cause turnovers, Good recruiting class coming in. While U of I was hardly the top of the Big 10 last year, SIUE went to the tournament, and UCM made it to the quarterfinals of the D2 tournament, losing to the eventual champs.  The Billikens looked like they were hitting on all cylinders. There were a couple times their corner kicks turned into a rush the other way, but they controlled it. But this was the spring.

What does the A10 look like next year? A10 tournament teams were VCU, Dayton and UMass, Rhode Island played us tough.  Also, Loyola is now in the conference, they won the last 4 MVC conference tournaments. Does this mean a change to how they schedule things (maybe to reduce travel expenses), or number of conference games with another team in the league?
 

Any word on non conference opponents? Any of our players playing on some teams this summer? The wait until fall begins now.

 

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SLU had a good player development Spring. They capped their Spring Schedule with a strong 3-1 result at Illinois. Illinois had 4 wins this Spring, including 3-1 over Indiana, 3-0 over Illinois State, and a win over the current D2 National Champs. 

But more than that, Illinois is a Power 5 School, and, any Power 5 win is a good one for SLU, especially a convincing one on the road against a school having a good Spring.

Power 5 is one of the biggest recruiting selling point challenges SLU faces on a regular basis. Illinois has one of the better recent local players on their team, and, they target some overlapping local and regional players. Indiana’s (whim Illinois defeated this Spring) newer regime overlaps SLU recruiting right now with about two dozen player targets.

Women’s Soccer has more Power 5 teams and leagues than Men, and selling that experience, facilities, resources is even more of a recruiting factor in the Women’s game. That’s why it’s important for SLU to be competitive in those categories to keep up. 

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It’s also a good confidence booster heading into Summer Ball. SLU will have players playing in 3 different leagues, on various teams this Summer, from May through July. Rosters are still being finalized, and, a few players are switching teams, while some others will remain with long term  clubs. 

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It’s an important time for recruiting. Just this past weekend alone, while prepping for Illinois, there were ECNL Super Cup games amongst six clubs, the Naperville Invitational, and the Adidas Tournament of Champions in Iowa. Lots and lots of competing Power 5 programs were at these events. Spring High School and club seasons in various states, showcase events and Summer national playoffs.

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There has been a lot of coaching turnover. One conference movement of note, is Dayton assistant Dean Ward leaving to be the head coach at Lenoir-Rhyne in North Carolina. (lots of strong youth teams there as well as future program opportunities). Ward was their lead recruiter in St. Louis and in the region.

Florida State’s highly successful coach stepped down over differences with their new AD. Tennessee’s recently successful coach will take over at FSU. He was given a 3 year extension one month prior. He will get a big compensation and resource bump at FSU. Coaching compensation, resources, facilities, budgets, all matter. 

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The Fall outlook (and beyond) for SLU is strong. The goals this Fall are to win the A-10 regular season, and A-10 Conference Tournament. And, it’s to be a top 16 National Seed, making a little bit deeper NCAA run as well. 

 

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Court side, thanks for the good info. I guess they are still figuring out the rosters of clubs this summer, I just looked and Hannah Friedrich is shown on the rosters of both the St Louis Lions and Fire and Ice in Belleville. Not sure how that would work when they play each other, like they are scheduled to do. I’ll let them sort it all out

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29 minutes ago, Lord Elrond said:

Court side, thanks for the good info. I guess they are still figuring out the rosters of clubs this summer, I just looked and Hannah Friedrich is shown on the rosters of both the St Louis Lions and Fire and Ice in Belleville. Not sure how that would work when they play each other, like they are scheduled to do. I’ll let them sort it all out

St Louis Lions will not play Fire and Ice as Lions have switched leagues and will play in the USL, the same as the Lions men team.

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2 hours ago, Lord Elrond said:

Court side, thanks for the good info. I guess they are still figuring out the rosters of clubs this summer, I just looked and Hannah Friedrich is shown on the rosters of both the St Louis Lions and Fire and Ice in Belleville. Not sure how that would work when they play each other, like they are scheduled to do. I’ll let them sort it all out

Sure.

You are looking at old rosters.

There is a new league this year called:

USL W League. St. Louis Lions will play in it. (SLU had zero players on the Lions last season.) Also, SLU has two players committed to play for Kaw Valley coached by Jess Smith (UMKC), Caroline Kelly and Katelyn Brinkman. Kelly played with KC Courage last season with Halverson and Stram. Some others also played on teams closer to home.

KC Courage plays in the United Women’s Soccer League. (UWS) So does SLSG. Several SLU SLSG alums played for them last season. Houck and Groark were all conference players as they won their division and competed in the playoffs. Phelps, Puricelli, English, Hatfield also played. They will be switching divisions from Heartland to Midwest and they will play more of  an Uppet Midwest schedule this season.

Fire & Ice plays in the WPSL. Heckel, Kohl, played some for them. 

The UWS League is recent as is the new USL League this year. The UWS League formed due to some of the dysfunction of the WPSL and USL-W Leagues at the time. The USL-W League disbanded. This is a new version of it this year. 

Lots of expansion and movement with leagues and teams. 

Some players don’t play Summer Ball, or only do so here or there all depending on injury, other commitments, rest, etc a variety of reasons, and some play more often.

 

 

 

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29 minutes ago, courtside said:

Sure.

You are looking at old rosters.

There is a new league this year called:

USL W League. St. Louis Lions will play in it. (SLU had zero players on the Lions last season.) Also, SLU has two players committed to play for Kaw Valley coached by Jess Smith (UMKC), Caroline Kelly and Katelyn Brinkman. Kelly played with KC Courage last season with Halverson and Stram. Some others also played on teams closer to home.

KC Courage plays in the United Women’s Soccer League. (UWS) So does SLSG. Several SLU SLSG alums played for them last season. Houck and Groark were all conference players as they won their division and competed in the playoffs. Phelps, Puricelli, English, Hatfield also played. They will be switching divisions from Heartland to Midwest and they will play more of  an Uppet Midwest schedule this season.

Fire & Ice plays in the WPSL. Heckel, Kohl, played some for them. 

The UWS League is recent as is the new USL League this year. The UWS League formed due to some of the dysfunction of the WPSL and USL-W Leagues at the time. The USL-W League disbanded. This is a new version of it this year. 

Lots of expansion and movement with leagues and teams. 

Some players don’t play Summer Ball, or only do so here or there all depending on injury, other commitments, rest, etc a variety of reasons, and some play more often.

 

 

 

Thanks for the info. The various websites were confusing me. I was looking to try to find schedules and ticket info, and it was hard to follow.  The Lions, for example, advertised a season ticket, but only had a link to order single game tickets, no one seemed to have up to date rosters, the Fire and Ice site kept pointing to last years schedule, stuff like that. 

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SLU is adding a transfer, Freshman Forward Julia Simon. Julia played her Freshman season at Louisville.

She started 11 of 16 games her first season for the Cardinals, including in their game at SLU. She played 800 minutes, scoring 4 goals and adding 3 assists. 

Julia is a goal scoring, and play making, forward who combines well with teammates. 

Julia played club ball for Eclipse Select SC out of Chicago, (one of the best nationally) and, she attended Wheaton North High School, where she was also a good, all conference basketball player. (she is the all time single season steals leader at Wheaton North)

 

 

 

 

 

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30 minutes ago, courtside said:

SLU is adding a transfer, Freshman Forward Julia Simon. Julia played her  Freshman season at Louisville.

She started 11 of 16 games her first season for the Cardinals, including in their game at SLU. She played 800 minutes, scoring 4 goals and adding 3 assists. 

Julia is a goal scoring, and play making, forward who combines well with teammates. 

Julia played for club ball for Eclipse Select SC out of Chicago, (one of the best nationally) and, she attended Wheaton North High School, where she was also a good, all conference basketball player. (she is the all time single season steals leader at Wheaton North)

 

 

 

 

 

Looks like a great addition.

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On 5/3/2022 at 6:22 PM, courtside said:

SLU is adding a transfer, Freshman Forward Julia Simon. Julia played her Freshman season at Louisville.

She started 11 of 16 games her first season for the Cardinals, including in their game at SLU. She played 800 minutes, scoring 4 goals and adding 3 assists. 

Julia is a goal scoring, and play making, forward who combines well with teammates. 

Julia played club ball for Eclipse Select SC out of Chicago, (one of the best nationally) and, she attended Wheaton North High School, where she was also a good, all conference basketball player. (she is the all time single season steals leader at Wheaton North)

 

 

 

 

 

Julia and SLU both made announcements today about her transfer to SLU. 

https://twitter.com/sluwsoccer/status/1524832506188599296?s=21&t=rjwWrohTNTYFpQNKCAoXSg

I can add that Julia had a nice Spring season playing Spring Cup. She had two goals in their game vs Ball State. Spring Cup was a new round robin competition this Spring season that included: Kentucky, Louisville, Dayton, Xavier, Ball State, Cincinnati. 

She’ll be a nice, attacking third addition, of someone who can finish, create, and, who plays well off of the ball. 

 

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