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Saint Louis Advances to Championship Title Game

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DAYTON, Ohio - The top-seeded Saint Louis Billikens advanced to their first A-10 Championship title since 2006 with a 3-1 victory over No. 4 George Mason (14-6) in the semifinals of the A-10 Championship, held Friday at Dayton's Baujan Field.

All-Rookie selection Hannah Friedrich got the scoring started for SLU (17-3-1) in the 14th minute. Evie Lavelle layed off a pass to Friedrich, who lofted it into the top corner of the goal past a diving Morgan Symmers. It was Friedrich's 11th goal of the season. Olivia Petit then added a second goal before half, her fourth on the year, assisted by Annabelle Copeland.

In the second half, George Mason's Jisca Adigo capitalized on a failed corner kick clear to put the Patriots on the board in the 55th minute, just her second score on the year. 

SLU's offense would prove too much for the Patriots in the second frame, outshooting Mason 9-4. Maddie Pokorny added an insurance goal in the 79th minute on a through ball from Friedrich to seal the victory, 3-1.

Olivia Silverman, who earned All Conference First-Team honors, faced four shots, making one save, while Symmers and Louisa Moser split time for the Patriots, combining for seven saves on 15 total shots.

With her goal and assist in the game, Friedrich became Saint Louis’ all-time single-season scoring leader (30 points) in the process, breaking the previous record of 29 held by Jamie Perry (2002, 2003). The freshman has 11 goals and eight assists.

Another SLU single-season record was established by goalkeeper Olivia Silverman, who picked up her 16th victory to surpass the previous standard of 15 set last season by Mary Niehaus.

Today's victory for Saint Louis is a school-record 17th for the Billikens, breaking the previous mark set by the 2005 team. Also, the longest active winning streak in NCAA Division I women's soccer, owned by Saint Louis, is extended to 13.

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