The Ferris State University women's soccer program is presently undergoing significant change with a new coach in the fold, but a challenging schedule is one constant which has remained as the Bulldogs gear up for a 18-match regular-season slate for the 2010 campaign.
FSU, which will be led by first-year head coach Matt Kellogg, embarks on its 12th season of intercollegiate competition this fall. The Bulldogs are slated to face three opponents who appeared in the 2009 NCAA Championship Tournament, including 2009 national champion and nationally top-ranked Grand Valley State twice (Sept. 8 and Oct. 30).
Ferris State is scheduled to play 10 matches at home and eight contests on the road this upcoming fall.
A change is in store for the 2010 conference slate as Lake Erie (Ohio) and Ohio Dominican have officially joined the GLIAC and will play in the South Division while Michigan Tech will make its varsity athletics program debut this season as a North Division member. The Bulldogs will play the other five teams in the North Division twice, both home and away, and the five South Division schools once.
"I'm looking forward to playing the top competition within our region," said Kellogg, who was previously an assistant coach at Morehead (Ky.) State. "The GLIAC should be strong once again as the conference boasts the defending national champions and it's also going to be exciting seeing some of the new programs in our league."
The 2010 season gets underway for Ferris State on Labor Day weekend with a pair of home non-conference matches versus Minnesota State (Sept. 3) and Winona State (Sept. 5) at the FSU Varsity Soccer Field in Big Rapids, Mich. The season opener pits the Bulldogs against Minnesota State, a 2009 NCAA Tournament qualifier. The contests against the pair of Minnesota schools will represent a rematch as FSU opened its 2009 season on their respective fields.
Ferris State will then commence Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play on Sept. 8 with a home match against Grand Valley State. The Bulldogs then hit the road for four league encounters versus Saginaw Valley State (Oct. 10), Northwood (Sept. 12), Northern Michigan (Sept. 17), and Michigan Tech (Sept. 19) as part of a 15-conference regular-season match schedule.
The remaining 11 outings feature seven home matches, highlighted by five-match homestand from Sept. 24 through Oct. 10. The Bulldogs will face Ashland (Sept. 24), Lake Erie (Sept. 26), Ohio Dominican (Oct. 1), Saginaw Valley State (Oct. 8), and Northwood (Oct. 10) before visiting Lewis (Ill.) on Oct. 12 in a non-league tilt.
FSU resumes GLIAC action with two matches versus Upper Peninsula foes Michigan Tech (Oct. 15) and Northern Michigan (Oct. 17) to wrap up the home portion of its schedule.
A three-match league road swing with contests against Findlay (Oct. 22), Tiffin (Oct. 24), and Grand Valley State (Oct. 30) will conclude the regular season.
The opening round of the 2010 GLIAC Tournament will get underway on Nov. 2 as the top six teams will qualify for the post-season tourney. The semifinal round takes place on Nov. 5 followed by the championship match which is set for Nov. 7 at the site of the tournament's highest remaining seed.
Ferris State posted a 3-13-2 overall record for the 2009 season, which included a 3-10-1 conference ledger.