vs. Saginaw Valley State
Friday, Oct. 8 - 4 p.m. (EDT)
Top Taggart Field - Big Rapids, Mich.
Sunday, Oct. 10 - 12 p.m. (EDT)
Top Taggart Field - Big Rapids, Mich.
* The Opening Kick: The 2010 Ferris State University women's soccer team continues its present Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) homestand this weekend (Oct. 8 and 10) as the Bulldogs entertain a pair of conference North Division opponents in the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals and the Northwood Timberwolves at Big Rapids, Mich.
* 2010 Record: Ferris State is 4-5-1 and is 4-3-1 in the GLIAC's North Division this season following a 2-1 conference home loss to Ohio Dominican last Friday (Oct. 1) in its lone action of the week. The setback snapped the Bulldogs' five-match (4-0-1) unbeaten string.
* The Coach: Ferris State - Matt Kellogg (Butler, 2000), 1st season, 4-5-1 (.450); Career: 2nd season, 13-15-2 (.467). 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: Ferris State has presently outshot its opponent in shots on goal five times this season and is 2-3-0 in such encounters. The Bulldogs are currently averaging 8.30 shots on net per match and are enjoying a .572 success rate (83-145) in the process . . . FSU's top two goal scorers this fall to date, junior forward Bri Borgman (Holland/West Ottawa) and senior midfielder Kara Lovelace (East Kentwood) have combined to account for 64.3% (9-14) of the team's production to date. Borgman (6-2=14) and Lovelace (3-1=7) have also generated 56.8% (21-37) of the Bulldogs' total points this campaign . . . Kara Lovelace's goal on a penalty kick against Ohio Dominican last Friday (Oct. 1) represented her third career single-season high third marker. Lovelace, who has compiled a career season-high seven points on three goals with an assist in 10 encounters this year, tallied two goals in 18 matches last season . . . Kara Lovelace is presently midst a four-match scoring streak and has netted a goal in each of the Bulldogs' last three contests to date. Lovelace began her points string with an assist at Michigan Tech (Sept. 19) before registering a goal apiece in conference encounters versus Ashland (Sept. 24), Lake Erie (Sept. 26), and Ohio Dominican (Oct. 1). The FSU forward has accumulated a combined seven points (3-1=7) in her last four appearances after starting this fall without a point in her initial six contests.
* Notable Streak Ends: The Bulldogs' five-match (4-0-1) unbeaten streak, which was snapped with last Friday's (Oct. 1) 2-1 home conference loss to Ohio Dominican, represented the program's longest since the 2003 campaign when FSU went undefeated in six consecutive contests (5-0-1). The school-record winning string in 2003 began on Oct. 2 and lasted until Oct. 18 before the Bulldogs dropped a 2-1 home league decision to Mercyhurst (Oct. 19) in Big Rapids.
* Did You Know?: Ferris State has assembled a 4-5-1 record through its first 10 matches this season compared to starting out the 2009 campaign at 1-8-1. The 2010 team's performance to date matches the 2008 squad, which also produced a 4-5-1 mark following its initial 10 outings. The Bulldogs would complete the 2009 campaign with a 3-13-2 overall ledger after turning in a 9-9-1 overall record in the 2008 season.
* Getting Their Kicks: The Bulldogs have converted on a penalty kick opportunity in each of their last two matches to date in a combined three such attempts. Bri Borgman scored on a penalty kick versus Lake Erie (Sept. 26) and Kara Lovelace was successful in last Friday's (Oct. 1) tilt against Ohio Dominican.
* 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 (3,703) 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 continues to rank among the 2010 NCAA Division II national leaders in several team and individual statistical categories. The Bulldogs are listed 47th in save percentage (.844) and 65th in shutout percentage (.400) to go with a 73rd ranking in goals-against average (0.978) through matches of Oct. 3. FSU is also 128th in scoring offense (1.4) and 131st in win-loss percentage (.450). Individually, Rachel McCollum ranks 50th in saves percentage (.841) and 77th in goals-against average (.978). Bri Borgman is listed 80th in total points (14.0), 82nd in goals per game 0.6), and 95th in points per contest (1.40).
* 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 83-107-14 (.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.
Saginaw Valley State
The Cardinals are 6-3-1 overall and 5-2-1 in the GLIAC's North Division after extending their winning streak to two straight with a 2-1 conference home decision over Northwood last Thursday (Sept. 30) in University Center, Mich. SVSU, which is coached by eighth-year head coach Drago Dumbovic, has compiled a current 3-1 mark in road encounters this fall. The Cardinals started out the 2010 season going 4-1-1 in their initial six matches before having their four-match unbeaten streak snapped in a 2-1 home league loss to Findlay (Sept. 19). A season ago, SVSU tallied a school-record 14 victories and earned the program's first-ever NCAA Division II Regional Tournament berth.
The Timberwolves sport a 3-7-0 overall record with a 1-7-0 mark in the GLIAC's North Division this season and are midst a four-match losing skid. Northwood has dropped its last three conference decisions all by 2-1 scores, which includes the one-goal setback at Saginaw Valley State last Thursday (Sept. 30). Prior to that tilt, the Timberwolves suffered road losses to Michigan Tech (Sept. 25) and Northern Michigan (Sept. 26). NU, which is 1-3-0 in away outings this season, is directed by 12th-year head coach Doug Carter.
* 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.