Friday, Oct. 1 - 4 p.m. (EDT)
FSU Soccer Field - Big Rapids, Mich.
* The Opening Kick: The Ferris State University women's soccer team, which is midst a current five-match unbeaten streak, will host the Ohio Dominican Panthers this Friday (Oct. 1) in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contest at the FSU Soccer Field in Big Rapids, Mich. The conference match represents the Bulldogs' lone action of this week and also will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools as ODU is currently in its inaugural season as a GLIAC member.
* 2010 Record: Ferris State evened its overall record to 4-4-1 and is 4-2-1 in the GLIAC's North Division this season after registering a pair of home conference shutouts last weekend (Sept. 24 and 26) in Big Rapids. The Bulldogs prevailed 2-0 over the Ashland Eagles last Friday (Sept. 24) and then recorded a 5-0 victory against the Lake Erie Storm in Sunday's (Sept. 26) action.
* The Coach: Ferris State - Matt Kellogg (Butler, 2000), 1st season, 4-4-1 (.500); Career: 2nd season, 13-14-2 (.483). Kellogg, who's the fourth head coach in FSU women's soccer program history, spent the 2009 season as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I Morehead (Ky.) State and quickly made an impact in his initial campaign as the Eagles captured the program's first-ever Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) regular-season championship with a 5-0-3 conference record while producing an 8-7-4 overall mark. Prior to MSU, Kellogg spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons as an assistant at Kentucky after serving three seasons (2004-07) in the same capacity at Western Michigan. Kellogg was the head women's soccer coach at Kalamazoo (Mich.) College from December 2002 to February 2004 following one season (2002) as an assistant.
* 2010 GLIAC Coaches Poll: For the second year in a row, Ferris State has been chosen to finish fifth in the GLIAC Preseason Women's Soccer Poll, which was released Aug. 27 by the league office. The Bulldogs received nine points for fifth place while 2009 national champion and five-time defending conference champion Grand Valley State earned the top placing in the North Division with 25 points and five first-place votes. Tiffin was tabbed as the favorite in the South Division with three first-place votes to go with 14 points. The league's 11 head coaches participated in the balloting, but weren't allowed to vote for their own team. The complete 2010 GLIAC preseason poll can be accessed at this link - GLIAC Coaches' Poll.
* Bulldog Bytes: Senior midfielder Kara Lovelace's (East Kentwood) five points (2-1=5) in nine appearances this 2010 campaign already equals her career single-season high of five points (2-1=5) established in 18 outings for the 2009 season. Lovelace, who has amassed 11 career points (4-3=11) in 48 contests, has also netted the two game-winning goals of her FSU career this season . . . Ferris State has compiled four shutouts during its current five-match unbeaten streak (4-0-1) as the Bulldogs have allowed 0.40 goals per match (two total) while scoring at a 2.60 goals a contest clip (13 total) . . . Senior midfielder Megan Stec (Novi) has registered a career-best tying three points (2-1=3) in nine matches this season will all three points occurring in two of her last three outings. Stec has produced her three-points total in 510 minutes of action this season compared to garnering three points (1-1=3) in 583 minutes for 18 encounters in 2008 . . . The Bulldogs' 32 total shots against Lake Erie last Sunday (Sept. 26), which included 20 in the opening half, represents the 11th-highest match output in the program's history and was one shot shy of matching the 33 total versus Spring Arbor in the 2002 campaign (Sept. 19) . . . Junior forward Bri Borgman (Holland/West Ottawa) has accumulated a combined 12 points with five goals and two assists in two of her last three matches, which included a three-goal output in a 5-0 conference win over Lake Erie last Sunday (Sept. 26). In her previous six contests this fall, Borgman generated two points by tallying a goal.
* Did You Know?: Bri Borgman's team-leading 14 points on six goals and two assists in 703 minutes played through nine contests this fall is two points ahead of last season's 12 points total (6-0=12) in 760 minutes following the Bulldogs' first nine encounters.
* Talented Forward: Bri Borgman earned 2009 All-GLIAC First-Team and Daktronics Midwest Region Second Team honors following her most productive season at Ferris State. She also was chosen as FSU's Offensive Attacking Player of the Year Award winner for 2009. Borgman presently ranks tied for fifth in career game-winning goals (six) and is sixth in minutes played (3,630) among Ferris State's all-time leaders. The FSU forward also ranks seventh in goals scored (21) and is tied for seventh in points (47). Borgman is three goals away from moving into a fifth-place tie with Lisa O'Brian (2002-05) and Lindsey Pawloski (2002-05), who chalked up 24 career markers. She needs 12 more points to tie the pair of fifth-place honors on the program's career scoring leaders list.
* National Stats Leaders: Ferris State ranks 43rd in save percentage (.860) among the 2010 NCAA Division II team national statistical leaders thru matches of Sept. 26. The Bulldogs are listed 53rd in shutout percentage (.444), 61st in goals-against average (.867), 106th in win-loss-tied percentage (.500), and 123rd in scoring offense (1.44). Individually, Rachel McCollum ranks 44th in saves percentage (.857) and 61st in goals-against average (.867) while Bri Borgman is listed 43rd in total points (14.0), 69th in goals per game (.667), and 80th in points per contest (1.56).
* GLIAC Standings/Schedule: Fans can view the complete 2010 GLIAC Standings for both the North and South Divisions at this link - GLIAC Standings. The composite 2010 conference women's soccer schedule can be accessed at this link - GLIAC Schedule.
* 2009 Season: Ferris State concluded the 2009 season with a 3-13-2 overall record and registered a seventh-place 3-10-1 GLIAC mark.
* FSU's 12th Season: The 2010 campaign represents Ferris State's 12th season of women's soccer. The Bulldogs own an all-time mark of 83-106-14 (.443) to date since the program's inception in 1999. The 2003 (11-5-1) and 2005 (11-7-0) hold the program's record for most victories in a single season.
The Panthers, who are undefeated in their last four contests (2-0-2), improved to 5-1-2 overall and 3-1-2 in the GLIAC's South Division this season following last Sunday's (Sept. 26) 3-1 conference victory over Findlay at Findlay, Ohio. ODU sports a 3-1-1 road record this fall under second-year head coach Jonathan Meade. The Panthers have allowed just a combined three goals this campaign and have also participated in a pair of double-overtime ties - versus Ashland (Sept. 17) and at Tiffin (Sept. 24).
* FSU Soccer Support Club: The Ferris State "Back of the Net" club to support Bulldog women's soccer is an essential part in maintaining a competitive program. Contributions assist the program with improvements in equipment, gear, travel, recruiting budgets, and supporting the academics of the student-athletes. For more information, please visit the Back of the Net - Ferris State Women's Soccer Support Club site.