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19 hours ago, wgstl said:

the frosh are being told to enter the portal.  Guess staff wants to bring in more exp

As in, the existing freshmen or incoming freshmen? And all of them?

The existing class is Wolterman, Smith, Paloucek, Hiatt, Krueger, Nicholas, and Spaete. I'd really hate to see a few of them go.

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I don’t usually post when players leave the team. But since there seems to be some confusion here, I will make an exception. 

At the end of first semester, Hiatt transferred to the University of Tennessee in her home state after the first semester. She had a previous knee injury. Spaete also left the team at that time. 

Last season m Smith transferred to Drake. English transferred to MO State. A few players will transfer out annually in any sport either for more playing time, or due to injury or soccer retirement. 

Regarding SLU Men’s soccer, Zabala transferred to Georgia State, Legut transferred to Drake, Ross transferred to TCU, Moore transferred to UNC Charlotte. All of these again, were at the end of first semester. Unlike SLU Women’s soccer, SLU Men is more likely to add mid semester transfers (They had 4 play this Spring) for Spring Ball, as well as take a 2nd semester high school Senior early for Spring Ball. (They had 2 do that) 

Everyone else Men or Women have played in the Spring. 

As I previously mentioned a few weeks ago, SLU Women were close to a 2nd assistant hire (Bracken), a late 2023 player (Nelson), and a 5th year transfer (not yet complete) This is on top of the previous incoming 10. 

SLU Women did explore the portal for a few at most players at mid semester. The one player with whom they had the most interest chose to stay at her current school. It was one player, ar a specific position.

SLU Women are losing many Seniors.

Every team has some sort of turnover every year, especially if a team is carrying more than twice as many players as a basketball team.

And SLU Men and Women like to keep about 30 players, 28-32. A 2nd 11 is essential to win at the highest levels of college soccer.

You may want to ask him and have him name names.

 

 

 

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SLU is adding Olivia “Liv” Layton. 

Liv is a recent Colorado State alum, where she played 4 seasons. She was a First Team All Mountain West Conference F/MF player. A skilled, left footed, central attacking player, Liv played in 61 games while at CSU, starting 43, where she led the team in several offensive categories. She also took many of their set pieces. 

Liv was a standout left back and wingback at SLSG in St. Louis as a youth player. She played club ball with several current and recent Billikens, including Miller, Houck, Lawler, Puricelli, etc….and Liv was a high school classmate with Emily Groak. While there, she was a 3 time First Team All State player, and a MAC All Star game participant. 

 

 

 

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SLU is adding transfer Isabelle “Izzy” Luebbert from Arkansas. 

A left footed, left back and wingback, Izzy played in 13 games as a Freshman, starting 2, including the opener at SLU, on the Arkansas Elite 8 team 

Izzy is from Jefferson City, MO, where she was a First Team All State (Helias) attacking player in high school. 

In club ball, she helped lead her SLSG team to the Champions League National Final Four as a left back and wingback. 

Izzy’s older brothers both played at Truman State, and her sister, is NWSL (Chicago) and Liga MX (Club America) star, Sarah Luebbert.

SLU first explored adding Izzy as a transfer at mid-semester. Izzy remained at Arkansas for the Spring season. 

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All the best to Liz Stureman as she made official her medical retirement from soccer. (6 surgeries for compartment syndrome and popliteal entrapment syndrome in 2 plus years) Liz gave it go playing this Spring, and she was scheduled to play Summer Ball with FC Pride in Indy. Great effort through frequent pain for 2 seasons at SLU.

From Fort Wayne, Liz played with Indy Fire, ODP, and at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, at the youth level. 

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High School Soccer Award Season for SLU commits:

Arkansas:

2023 Sam De Luca scored all 3 goals, and was named the most valuable player, leading her school to its first ever Arkansas Class 3A State Championship. (She also won a state title in tennis)

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Illinois:

2023 Jordan Gary 1st Team All State. Also ran track.

2024 Sarah Sarnowski 1st Team All State for 2nd straight team state runner up team. 25 goals.

2024 Ulla Sharp: All Sectional and All Conference Teams. Also played for the ODP National Team. 

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Kansas: 

2023 Ashley Koch was named the Kansas Class 6A State Forward of the Year. Finished 3rd in both goals and assists, and led her team to its 2nd state title game in 3 seasons. Also once again the Sunflower League Forward of the Year.

2024 Nimu Karani was named the Kansas Class 6A State Goalkeeper of the Year. Nimu was also the Eastern Kansas League Goalkeeper of the Year. 

2024 Addy Lang was named 1st Team All State Kansas Class 5A. State Quarterfinalist.

2024 Hope Kim was named 1st Team All State Kansas Class 5A. State Quarterfinalist.

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Kentucky:

2024 Emily Paul was named 2nd Team All State. (Fall)

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Missouri:

Missouri has not yet named its All State Teams. But it is has named its All Region Teams.

2023 Nina Preusser was named Class 4 Region Player of the Year. Finished State Runner up every year she played  as a two way forward.

2024 Audrey Smith was named Class 3 Region Player of the Year. 41 goals 22 assists. 3 time Missouri Class 3 State Champion.

2024 Ashley Miller was named All Region. Led the state in assists with 32, while adding 25 goals. 3 time Missouri Class 3 State Champion.

2023 Maddie Sibbing was Class 4 Region Goalkeeper of the Year. Also Conference goalkeeper of the year.

2023 Lucie Schwartz who missed some time with injury was named to the Class 3 All Region Team. Also played basketball. 

2023 Ella Nelson was named Class 4 All Conference.

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Tennessee:

2023 Eva Schreiber was named II-A All State after helping her team to its 4th straight state title game, winning two. (Fall) 28 goals 15 assists.

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(2023 Alyssa Bockius, 2023 Macy Lutz, and 2023 Autumn Jackson did not play high school soccer. Bockius played Super Cup. Lutz played at Rome City, and AJ rehabbed a knee injury)

Independent workouts and home study for 2023’s. Club ball playoffs in June and July for 2023’s and 2024’s. 

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On 6/8/2023 at 3:24 PM, courtside said:

High School Soccer Award Season for SLU commits:

Arkansas:

2023 Sam De Luca scored all 3 goals, and was named the most valuable player, leading her school to its first ever Arkansas Class 3A State Championship. (She also won a state title in tennis)

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Illinois:

2023 Jordan Gary 1st Team All State. Also ran track.

2024 Sarah Sarnowski 1st Team All State for 2nd straight team state runner up team. 25 goals.

2024 Ulla Sharp: All Sectional and All Conference Teams. Also played for the ODP National Team. 

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Kansas: 

2023 Ashley Koch was named the Kansas Class 6A State Forward of the Year. Finished 3rd in both goals and assists, and led her team to its 2nd state title game in 3 seasons. Also once again the Sunflower League Forward of the Year.

2024 Nimu Karani was named the Kansas Class 6A State Goalkeeper of the Year. Nimu was also the Eastern Kansas League Goalkeeper of the Year. 

2024 Addy Lang was named 1st Team All State Kansas Class 5A. State Quarterfinalist.

2024 Hope Kim was named 1st Team All State Kansas Class 5A. State Quarterfinalist.

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Kentucky:

2024 Emily Paul was named 2nd Team All State. (Fall)

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Missouri:

Missouri has not yet named its All State Teams. But it is has named its All Region Teams.

2023 Nina Preusser was named Class 4 Region Player of the Year. Finished State Runner up every year she played  as a two way forward.

2024 Audrey Smith was named Class 3 Region Player of the Year. 41 goals 22 assists. 3 time Missouri Class 3 State Champion.

2024 Ashley Miller was named All Region. Led the state in assists with 32, while adding 25 goals. 3 time Missouri Class 3 State Champion.

2023 Maddie Sibbing was Class 4 Region Goalkeeper of the Year. Also Conference goalkeeper of the year.

2023 Lucie Schwartz who missed some time with injury was named to the Class 3 All Region Team. Also played basketball. 

2023 Ella Nelson was named Class 4 All Conference.

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Tennessee:

2023 Eva Schreiber was named II-A All State after helping her team to its 4th straight state title game, winning two. (Fall) 28 goals 15 assists.

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(2023 Alyssa Bockius, 2023 Macy Lutz, and 2023 Autumn Jackson did not play high school soccer. Bockius played Super Cup. Lutz played at Rome City, and AJ rehabbed a knee injury)

Independent workouts and home study for 2023’s. Club ball playoffs in June and July for 2023’s and 2024’s. 

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Missouri State Awards:

Class 4: 

Nina Preusser: State Co-Offensive Player of the Year. 1st Team All State.

Maddie Sibbing: State Goalkeeper of the Year. 1st Team All State.

Class 3:

Audrey Smith: State Player of the Year. 1st Team All State. 

Ashley Miller: 1st Team All State.

Lucie Schwartz: 1st Team All State.

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Summer Ball:

Emily Gaebe has 6 goals in 4 games, playing with Jess and Nina Preusser, Ellie Palocuek, Lyndsey Heckel at Lou Fusz.

Bri Halverson, Emily Puricelli, Katie Houck, Hannah Larson, Abbie Miller, are all playing together at SLSG. Anna Lawler will be joining soon. Groark is rehabbing. 

Katelyn Brinkman and Maddie Sibbing are playing together. Sophia Stram will be joining at KCSG. 

Carol Kelly and Addy Lang are playing together at KC Current II.

Clare Nicholas is playing with several Xavier players at Cleveland Ambassadors. 

Hannah Sawyer and Becca Wolterman are playing with the Cincinnati Sirens. 

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Summer Club Ball Playoffs begin this weekend and next weekend for the remaining 2023 and 2024 SLU commits. And they go into July. 

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Dayton improved their schedule a bit for Fall. Home games against Cincinnati, Louisville, Illinois, and a road game at Michigan State. 

Loyola has a solid non-conference schedule as usual. Home games with Kansas and Wisconsin. Road games with Illinois and DePaul. 

SLU’s schedule will be released shortly. Some highlights include:

at BYU

at Utah State

vs Creighton

at Iowa

vs Xavier 

at Nebraska

Still finalizing 2 games. It will be released shortly.

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Congratulations to Bri Halverson for being named the Girls Director at St. Louis Stars. She is unsurprisingly having a great Summer Ball season thus far. Had a great goal the other night. 

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2 hours ago, courtside said:

Summer Ball:

Emily Gaebe has 6 goals in 4 games, playing with Jess and Nina Preusser, Ellie Palocuek, Lyndsey Heckel at Lou Fusz.

Bri Halverson, Emily Puricelli, Katie Houck, Hannah Larson, Abbie Miller, are all playing together at SLSG. Anna Lawler will be joining soon. Groark is rehabbing. 

Katelyn Brinkman and Maddie Sibbing are playing together. Sophia Stram will be joining at KCSG. 

Carol Kelly and Addy Lang are playing together at KC Current II.

Clare Nicholas is playing with several Xavier players at Cleveland Ambassadors. 

Hannah Sawyer and Becca Wolterman are playing with the Cincinnati Sirens. 

……………..

Summer Club Ball Playoffs begin this weekend and next weekend for the remaining 2023 and 2024 SLU commits. And they go into July. 

……………

Dayton improved their schedule a bit for Fall. Home games against Cincinnati, Louisville, Illinois, and a road game at Michigan State. 

Loyola has a solid non-conference schedule as usual. Home games with Kansas and Wisconsin. Road games with Illinois and DePaul. 

SLU’s schedule will be released shortly. Some highlights include:

at BYU

at Utah State

vs Creighton

at Iowa

vs Xavier 

at Nebraska

Still finalizing 2 games. It will be released shortly.

………..

Congratulations to Bri Halverson for being named the Girls Director at St. Louis Stars. She is unsurprisingly having a great Summer Ball season thus far. Had a great goal the other night. 

Forgot to mention that VCU also has a solid non-con schedule, hosting Liberty, (top 50 RPI) Maryland, and Stanford while also playing at Virginia. 

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14 minutes ago, Major Majerus said:

What is SLSG?

Saint Louis Scott Gallagher. It is the merger of 3 local St. Louis club teams: Busch, Metro United, and Scott Gallagher. The merger happened in 2008. Some will say Scott Gallagher or Gallagher (which is what I say). But when speaking nationally, it’s easier to say and use SLSG.

KCSG is Kansas City Scott Gallagher.

Lou Fusz is sometimes abbreviated at LFA. 

STLDA is St. Louis Development Academy. They changed their name this past year. They were previously known a long time as Sporting St. Louis. 

Other abbreviations you may find here:

SBV is Sporting Blue Valley (Kansas City)

KCA is KC Athletics. also in Kansas City.

Sometimes club teams are better known as their abbreviations. I.E. Player Development Academy in New Jersey is better known as PDA.  

In Summer Ball, it is common for college players to play with their long time club team. There are exceptions for various reasons.

College players often either return  to their home town to play Summer Ball with a local team. Or they will play Summer Ball in the town of their college team. 

 

 

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16 minutes ago, courtside said:

Saint Louis Scott Gallagher. It is the merger of 3 local St. Louis club teams: Busch, Metro United, and Scott Gallagher. The merger happened in 2008. Some will say Scott Gallagher or Gallagher (which is what I say). But when speaking nationally, it’s easier to say and use SLSG.

KCSG is Kansas City Scott Gallagher.

Lou Fusz is sometimes abbreviated at LFA. 

STLDA is St. Louis Development Academy. They changed their name this past year. They were previously known a long time as Sporting St. Louis. 

I appreciate that all of these places have opted against the dumb "United", "Inter", "Sporting" monikers in their names. If soccer wants to ever hit big-boy status in the USA, they'll start opting for American style nicknames. 

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5 minutes ago, JMM28 said:

I appreciate that all of these places have opted against the dumb "United", "Inter", "Sporting" monikers in their names. If soccer wants to ever hit big-boy status in the USA, they'll start opting for American style nicknames. 

Many past youth club team names originated from their sponsor. CYC, Kutis Funeral Homes. Dodge Mayflower, 7-Up, Dalton Construction, Busch Beer, Scott Gallagher sheet metal, Lou Fusz Auto, JB Marine is Jefferson. Barracks, and so on. Some names go back many, many decades. 

That is much different than the naming of professional soccer teams. And, in the modern area, youth club teams are more often named by geography and a nickname. 

 

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SLU has a new 2024 commitment from Isabella “Isa” Moreno. 

She is an outside back from Atlanta soccer club powerhouse Tophat. She plays high school for GAC. (Greater Atlanta Christian)

Isa has been a multiple time Girls Academy Southeast ID Camp invitee, as well as a previous USYNT virtual camp invitee.

She was a AAAAA Georgia All State Player this season. Her team was state runner up last season.

Isa and her 06 Tophat Gold team will be one of 32 teams competing for the Girls Academy 06 National Championship in suburban Philly. (South Jersey)

 

 

 

 

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Schedule has dropped on the SLU athletics website, some starting times are blank

https://slubillikens.com/sports/womens-soccer/schedule

as discussed on here earlier, big away games at BYU, Utah State, Nebraska. Xavier comes to Hermann Stadium.  Biggest game in the A10 schedule at home is against Dayton.

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26 minutes ago, Lord Elrond said:

Schedule has dropped on the SLU athletics website, some starting times are blank

https://slubillikens.com/sports/womens-soccer/schedule

as discussed on here earlier, big away games at BYU, Utah State, Nebraska. Xavier comes to Hermann Stadium.  Biggest game in the A10 schedule at home is against Dayton.

Note:

SLU is still trying to finalize a game for Thursday September 7th.

SLU was originally supposed to play at Iowa August 27th. That has been changed to Kansas City in a return game. 

https://www.billikens.com/forum/index.php?/topic/29777-slu-womens-soccer-thread/&do=findComment&comment=759291

 

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Busiest time of the year.

2024 Nimu Karani was selected as the goalkeeper for Kansas vs Oklahoma All Star Game. 

2023 Ashley Koch, was selected to the United Soccer Coaches All Region Team.

2023 Nina Preusser, was selected to the United Soccer Coaches All Region Team.

2024 Audrey Smith, was selected to the United Soccer Coaches All Region Team. 

2023 Sam DeLuca was named Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year.

2024 Isa Moreno was selected to play at this week’s Girls Academy National ID Camp.

2024 Ulla Sharp. Her U19 STLDA team advanced to the Girls Academy National Semifinals.

2023 Jordan Gary, 2023 Lucie Schwartz, 2023 Alyssa Bockius, 2023 Autumn Jackson. Their SLSG team advanced to the U19 ECNL Round of 16. 

2023 Ashley Koch, 2024 Addy Lang. Their KCA team advanced to the U19 ECNL Round of 16.

2024 Audrey Smith. Her team will play later this month in the U17 ECNL National Quarterfinals. They are defending U16 National Champions.

2024 Sarah Sarnowski’s team advanced to the Finals of the USYS E64 National Championship. 

2023 Eva Schreiber. Her Tennessee Soccer Club team win the South Central Division of the USL- W Women’s playoffs, on their way to the playoffs.
 

 

 

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3 hours ago, courtside said:

Busiest time of the year.

2024 Nimu Karani was selected as the goalkeeper for Kansas vs Oklahoma All Star Game. 

2023 Ashley Koch, was selected to the United Soccer Coaches All Region Team.

2023 Nina Preusser, was selected to the United Soccer Coaches All Region Team.

2024 Audrey Smith, was selected to the United Soccer Coaches All Region Team. 

2023 Sam DeLuca was named Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year.

2024 Isa Moreno was selected to play at this week’s Girls Academy National ID Camp.

2024 Ulla Sharp. Her U19 STLDA team advanced to the Girls Academy National Semifinals.

2023 Jordan Gary, 2023 Lucie Schwartz, 2023 Alyssa Bockius, 2023 Autumn Jackson. Their SLSG team advanced to the U19 ECNL Round of 16. 

2023 Ashley Koch, 2024 Addy Lang. Their KCA team advanced to the U19 ECNL Round of 16.

2024 Audrey Smith. Her team will play later this month in the U17 ECNL National Quarterfinals. They are defending U16 National Champions.

2024 Sarah Sarnowski’s team advanced to the Finals of the USYS E64 National Championship. 

2023 Eva Schreiber. Her Tennessee Soccer Club team win the South Central Division of the USL- W Women’s playoffs, on their way to the playoffs.
 

 

 

2024 SLU Commit Audrey Smith was also named a United Soccer Coaches All American for the 2022-2023 season. 

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