Ferris State Women's Soccer Notes - Matches 1-3

THIS WEEK:

vs. Minnesota State Mavericks
Friday, Sept. 3- 4 p.m. (EDT)
FSU Soccer Field - Big Rapids, Mich.

vs. Winona State Warriors
Sunday, Sept. 5 - 11 a.m. (EDT)
FSU Soccer Field - Big Rapids, Mich. 

vs. Grand Valley State Lakers
Wednesday, Sept. 8 - 4 p.m. (EDT)
FSU Soccer Field - Big Rapids, Mich.

* The Opening Kick: The Ferris State University women's soccer team will open its 2010 season and 12th season of intercollegiate competition this Friday, Sept. 3, hosting the Minnesota State Mavericks at the FSU Soccer Field in Big Rapids, Mich.  The Bulldogs then entertain the Winona State Warriors on Sunday, Sept. 5, before opening Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) match play on Wednesday, Sept. 8, against West Michigan rival Grand Valley State.

* 2010 Record: Ferris State is currently 0-0 overall and 0-0 in the GLIAC to date this season. 

* The Coach: Ferris State  - Matt Kellogg (Butler, 2000), 1st season, 0-0 (.000); Career: 2nd season, 9-10-1 (.475).  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.   

* Returning Firepower: Ferris State returns nine starters and 13 letterwinners from a season ago.  The Bulldogs welcome back six of their top seven points leaders from last fall while returning 82 percent of their goal-scoring output.  Junior forward Bri Borgman, a 2009 All-GLIAC First-Team selection, is the top returnee after leading the Bulldogs in points (22) and goals (10) last season in 18 outings.  Sophomore forward Cassie Aro and senior midfielder Kara Lovelace also are among the team's top returning points leaders with six points (3-0=6) and five points (2-1=5), respectively in 2009.  Aro, the 2009 team's Most Improved Player Award recipient, appeared in 14 contests while Lovelace saw action in 18 encounters.  Defender Kristen March is back for her senior year after totaling three points (0-3=3) in 17 matches a season ago.  

* 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 seventh among Ferris' all-time leaders in career game-winning goals (five), eighth in goals scored (15), ninth in points (33), and 10th in minutes played (2,927). 

* Bulldog Bytes: Kristen March enters this season ranking ninth on FSU's all-time assists leaders list with 10 career helpers in 50 career appearances . . . Kara Lovelace's five points (2-1=5) in 18 matches a season ago represented a career single-season high, eclipsing her one point (0-1=1) in 11 2008 contests . . .  FSU opened the 2009 season with a 6-0 loss at Minnesota State (8/28) followed by a 2-0 setback at Winona State (8/30) . . . Bri Borgman's 10 goals last season tied for the ninth most among the Bulldogs' all-time single-season leaders. 

* Season Openers: The Bulldogs are 6-4-1 all-time (.591 winning pct.) in season-opening matches to date.  FSU's last season-opening tirumph occurred in the 2008 season when the Bulldogs bested Southern Indiana (1-0) at the Grand Valley State Invitational (8/29/08) in Allendale, Mich.  

* 2009 Season: Ferris State concluded the 2009 season with a 3-13-2 overall record and registered a xxxth-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 79-102-13 (.441) 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.

OPPOSITION NOTEBOOK 
Minnesota State
Like the Bulldogs, the Mavericks are playing their first match of 2010 this Friday ... Minnesota State, under the direction of head coach Peter McGahey, completed the 2009 season at 13-5-2 overall and 9-3-1 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).  Senior forward Laura Leber, who led the team in both goals (11) and points (25), headlines the list of returnees.  MSU was picked to finish second in the 2010 NSIC Preseason Coaches Poll.

Winona State
The Warriors finished the 2009 season at 17-5 overall and 12-1 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).  WSU claimed its sixth straight NSIC regular-season title last fall and are the 2010 preseason favorites to win the NSIC crown.   Senior forward Lauren Sturdivant, a second-team All-Central Region and first-team All-NSIC honoree, returns as the team's leading scorer with 47 points on 18 goals and 11 assists in 22 matches a season ago.  The Warriors, coached by Ali Omar, open their 2010 season this Friday (Sept. 3) at Grand Valley State.

Grand Valley State
Grand Valley State, the 2009 NCAA Division II National Champion, are five-time defending GLIAC champions and have won the conference tournament the last three seasons.  GVSU was ranked number one nationally in the 2010 NCAA Division II Preseason Poll.  The Lakers, under head coach David DiIanni, compiled a 22-0-4 overall record with a 13-0-1 conference mark for the 2009 campaign.  Junior forward Ashley Botts, who tallied a team-high 15 goals while posting 35 points, is the top returnee after attaining National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America Third-Team, Daktronics Division II Midwest Region First Team, All-GLIAC First Team, and GLIAC Freshman of the Year recognition a season ago.

* 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.  

 

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