The Ferris State University women's soccer team opened the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) portion of its 2010 season this Wednesday (Sept. 8), but couldn't contain the nation's top-ranked team as Grand Valley State dealt the Bulldogs a 3-0 loss at the FSU Soccer Field in Big Rapids, Mich.
The loss drops Ferris State's record to 0-3-0 overall and 0-1-0 in the conference to date this season.
The two West Michigan rivals were engaged in a scoreless tie for the first 21 minutes of the match until Grand Valley State was able to break into the scoring column at 22:07 on a Ashley Botts' tally directly within the goal box in front of the Ferris State net off a crossing pass from Kelsey Fiscus.
Grand Valley State would add two more scores in the second half as the Lakers (3-0-0; 1-0-0 GLIAC) tallied in the 53rd and 71st minutes of the conference match. Erin Mruz picked up the Lakers' second goal at the 53:03 mark off a GVSU corner kick as the ball deflected off senior defender Kristen March (Canton/Plymouth Salem) into the Ferris goal.
The Lakers would connect again at precisely 19 minutes remaining in the match when Kayla Addison produced a goal on a header past freshman goalkeeper Rachel McCollum (Grand Blanc), who turned away a season match-best 10 shots on net in the contest.
For the match, GVSU outshot Ferris State 26-12 and also posted an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks. The Bulldogs chalked up eight shots on goal led by freshman forward Emily Kraska's (Bay City/John Glenn) three total while sophomore midfielder Sam Zerilli (Clinton Township/Chippewa Valley) garnered two shots on the Lakers' net.
Ferris State will now embark on a four-match conference road swing over the next two weeks, beginning this Friday (Sept. 10) against the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals in University Center, Mich. The contest is slated for a 2 p.m. (EDT) start at the SVSU Soccer Complex.
NOTES - Ferris State is now 5-6-1 (.458) all-time in conference openers and have dropped its last three to date all against Grand Valley State . . . The Bulldogs have registered 26 shots on goal this season in their initial three matches compared to 22 a season ago following their first three appearances . . . FSU has allowed five goals this fall in its first three contests while the 2009 squad gave up 10 goals thru the same time period . . . Goalkeeper Rachel McCollum's 10 saves against Grand Valley State represents a season match high, eclipsing her five stops versus Winona State last Sunday (Sept. 5).