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Billikens Take Home #A10WSOC Crown with 5-1 Victory

By Atlantic 10 Conference

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DAYTON, Ohio - Saint Louis senior Maddie Pokorny scored a second-half hat trick for the Billikens en route to a 5-1 victory and the 2018 Atlantic 10 Women's Soccer Championship title, held Sunday on the campus of the University of Dayton.

With the win, the Billikens earn the Atlantic 10's automatic bid and advance to the NCAA Championship for the first time 2006. The NCAA Women's Soccer selection show to announce the bracket will be held Monday, Nov. 5 at 4:30 pm.

For the tournament, Pokorny recorded 10 shots, four goals and eight total points to earn the Championship's Most Outstanding Performer. With her trio of goals today, the senior is just one goal shy of the Billikens' single-season record (13, Jamie Perry, '02).

Joining Pokorny on the All-Championship team are fellow Billikens, Lindsay Sands, Hannah Friedrich, Alli Klug and goalkeeper Olivia Silverman. VCU's Sarah Gibson, Kelly Graves, Samantha Jerabek and Ingrid Brouwer, along with George Washington's Sofia Pavon and Saint Joseph's Morgan Bower, also earned All-Championship honors.

Just four minutes into the contest, Sands got the scoring started for Saint Louis, capitalizing on a one-on-one opportunity by placing a strike into the lower lefthand corner of the goal past a diving Grace Young. 

The offensive pressure would continue for the Billikens in the first half, taking five shots, including a flurry around the net in the 19th minute. Following a great diving stop by Young on a SLU header, a VCU defender went for the clear but deflected it into the goal for an own-goal and a 2-0 lead for the Billikens.

The Rams got on the board in the 74th minute as Emma Kershner's free kick was headed over Silvermans hands by Ingrid Brouwer. It was Brouwer's second goal of the Championship and on the year.

Less than 30 seconds later, Pokorny broke loose and chipped it past Young for her 10th goal of the season, and first of the game. She followed that four minutes later with another strike to the far post. She completed the hat trick in the with just one minute remaining in the contest. The senior's 26 points are second-best on the team next to Friedrich's 30 points. 

For the the game, SLU outshot the Rams, 17-5, while corner kicks were equal with the Billikens recording five to VCU's four. Silverman recorded two stops, while Young made nine saves on the day.

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