Bulldogs Open GLIAC Action With Loss At GVSU

Lauren Fortuna (#8) battles for possession of the ball in Sunday's match at Grand Valley State.
Lauren Fortuna (#8) battles for possession of the ball in Sunday's match at Grand Valley State.

The Ferris State University women's soccer team began Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) match play this Sunday (Sept. 13) afternoon with aspirations of pulling off an upset over nationally fourth-ranked Grand Valley State, but the Lakers tallied a pair of goals in each half to register a 4-1 triumph over the Bulldogs at the GVSU Soccer Field in Allendale, Mich.

Four different GVSU players tallied a goal as the Lakers scored twice in the opening half to claim a 2-0 lead at the half with Kayla Addison and Lindsey Marlow accounting for the scores.  Ferris State's lone score would come at the 75:36 mark of the second half as freshman midfielder Sam Zerilli (Clinton Township/Chippewa Valley) netted her second goal of the season off a rebound shot from two yards out.  GVSU goalkeeper Chelsea Parise deflected the initial shot, but Zerilli was positioned in front of the Lakers' net to tally the unassisted marker and draw the Bulldogs to with a goal at 2-1. 

However, Grand Valley State would regain its two-goal advantage (3-1) by scoring six minutes later on an Ashley Botts' tally.  The final score would occur in the 86th minute of play on a header by Maria Brown as the Lakers outshot the Bulldogs by a 27-5 margin.

Senior goalkeeper Stevie Salow (Saginaw/Heritage) started for Ferris State and compiled 10 saves in 90 minutes between the posts.

Ferris State drops to 0-4-1 overall and 0-1 in the GLIAC as a result of the loss while Grand Valley State improved to 4-0-1 overall and 1-0 in the conference with the victory.

With the setback, the Bulldogs are now 5-4-1 all-time in conference opening matches dating back to the inaugural 1999 campaign.  A season ago, FSU dropped a 3-0 home decision to Grand Valley State in its 2008 GLIAC opener.

Ferris State continues conference match play on the road as the Bulldogs visit the Ashland (Ohio) Eagles this Friday (Sept. 18) in a 7 p.m. (EDT) matchup.