Brianne Staley (Columbus, Ind./East) and Katie Syring (Bay City/John Glenn) are the newest additions to the Ferris State University women's soccer program as the two prepsters will attend and play for the Bulldogs starting with the 2009 season. The announcement was made by FSU women's soccer head coach Neathan Gibson.
Staley will embark on her senior season at East High School in Columbus, Ind., this spring. The 5-4 forward achieved honorable mention all-state and all-district second-team accolades as a junior after scoring 13 goals and handing out nine assists for a squad-best 35 points in 14 matches. Staley was limited to 14 appearances due to an injury for the 2008 season as head coach Ilya Schwartzman's squad compiled an 11-5-3 overall record and were Hoosier Hills Conference champions for the third time (2005, 2006, and 2008) since 2005. The three-year varsity letterwinner has attained the team's Most Valuable Offensive Player honor the last two seasons (2007-08) to date.
A two-time (2007-08) all-conference and all-area selection, Staley totaled a team-leading 35 points as junior with 14 goals and seven assists as ESH posted a 12-4-3 mark. She produced 11 points on five goals with an assist as a sophomore in 2006 to receive semi-state kudos as team went 15-7-1 overall while claiming both sectional and regional championship titles.
Staley has competed two years in club soccer for the FC Pride and one year as a member of the Carmel United Soccer Club under head coach Andy Brinkworth. Her cousin, Cody Graman, presently plays men's soccer at Farnklin (Ind.) College.
The daughter of Keith and Jenny Staley of Columbus, Ind., Brianne will graduate in May 2009. She plans to pursue a degree in hotel management at Ferris State.
"I will be looking for Brianna to make things happen in the final third," said Gibson, who will start his fourth year at Ferris State this fall. "She will be dangerous going to goal and with our returning attacking players will make for an exciting dangerous combination up front."
Syring is a three-time (2006-08) All-North Eastern Michigan Conference and all-district honoree at Bay City (Mich.) John Glenn High School under head coach Fran MacMillan. Syring earned first-team all-league plaudits the last two seasons (2007 and 2008) after garnering second-team conference recognition as a sophomore in the 2006 campaign. Syring has been a member of three (2006-08) Bobcat conference championship teams and a 2008 state quarterfinalist squad. The 5-6 defender garnered Bay Area Dream Team laurels for the 2008 season and was a member of the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association's (MHSSCA) All-Academic Team in both the 2006 and 2007 campaigns. Syring is a member of the National Honor Society, S.A.D.D., and Natural Helpers organizations. She has played club soccer for the Vardar North Soccer Team since 2004.
The daughter of Steve and Karol Syring of Bay City, Mich., Katie is slated to graduate this spring and is interested in chemistry or english education at Ferris State. Her father competed in track and field at Central Michigan while her grandfather participated in football and baseball at Michigan.
"Katie is a hard working and talented defender who's going to give us more options defensively," said Gibson. "She's coming in from a club which does a wonderful job in preparing its players for the next level."
The two join Madison "Maddy" Kitchen (Sterling Heights/Stevenson) and Lauren Fortuna (Macomb/Sterling Heights Henry Ford II) as current members of Ferris State's 2009 recruiting class.
Ferris State concluded the 2008 season at 9-9-1 overall, which included a fourth-place tying 8-7-1 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) mark. The Bulldogs made their second straight appearance in the GLIAC Women's Soccer Tournament and advanced to the conference tournament's semifinal round.