Cougars, Billikens Meet for Bronze Boot Friday

Cougars, Billikens Meet for Bronze Boot Friday
Complete Game Notes
 
SIUE (4-1-1, 0-0-0 MAC)
at Saint Louis (3-1-2, 0-0-0 A10)
Fri., Sept. 21, 7 p.m.
 
Robert R. Hermann Stadium
St. Louis, Missouri
Stats: SIUEStats.com
Video: ESPN+
 
TONIGHT: The Cougars look to build upon one of the best starts to a season in the Division I era. This is only SIUE's second road game of the year. A five-game home stand just came to an end.
 
HISTORIC SERIES RESUMES: One of the most storied rivalries in college soccer will be reestablished tonight as SIUE takes on Saint Louis in regular season play for the first time since SIUE reclassified back to NCAA Division I status. Regularly a well-attended game, from 1972-1986 the meeting was held in downtown St. Louis at Busch Stadium II. The largest crowd in NCAA history was a Bronze Boot affair, when 22,512 saw the Billikens and Cougars play at Busch Stadium on Oct. 30, 1980. 
 
WHAT'S ON THE LINE: The teams will play for the Joseph Carenza Sr. Trophy, also known as the Bronze Boot.  
 
LAST TIME OUT: The Cougars suffered their first loss of the year, falling 2-0 at home to Loyola last Saturday night. SIUE was shut out despite unloading a season-high 20 shots, including eight on goal. 
 
SCORING LEADERS: Jorge Gonzalez and Lachlan McLean, SIUE's top two goal scorers in 2017, are 1-2 in scoring for SIUE again this year. Gonzalez has four goals for eight points, which is second in the Mid-American Conference. McLean has two goals and three assists for seven points.
 
AT THE HELM: Cougars Head Coach Mario Sanchez is in his fourth season in charge of men's soccer. Sanchez sports a 33-20-11 record in three full seasons at SIUE. In his seventh season overall as a head coach, Sanchez is 57-61-20. 
 
SERIES STUFF: Saint Louis holds a 25-9-1 advantage in the all-time series and has won 13 straight in the series. The last SIUE win came in 1982 at Busch Stadium.