Tuesday, Oct. 12 - 3:30 p.m. (EDT)
Lewis Soccer Field - Romeoville, Ill.
Friday, Oct. 15 - 5 p.m. (EDT)
Top Taggart Field - Big Rapids, Mich.
Sunday, Oct. 17 - 12 p.m. (EDT)
Top Taggart Field - Big Rapids, Mich.
* The Opening Kick: The 2010 Ferris State University women's soccer team will have a busy week of action as the Bulldogs will play three matches in six days, beginning this Tuesday (Oct. 12) with a non-league contest versus the Lewis Flyers. FSU then resumes Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) competition with a pair of North Division matchups against Michigan Tech this Friday (Oct. 15) and Northern Michigan on Sunday (Oct. 17) to conclude the home portion of its regular-season schedule.
* 2010 Record: Ferris State improved to 6-5-1 overall and 6-3-1 in the GLIAC's North Division this season with a pair of 2-0 home conference victories last weekend (Oct. 8 and 10) at Top Taggart Field. The Bulldogs shutout Saginaw Valley State last Friday (Oct. 8) before doing likewise to Northwood in a Sunday (Oct. 10) matchup.
* The Coach: Ferris State - Matt Kellogg (Butler, 2000), 1st season, 6-5-1 (.542); Career: 2nd season, 15-15-2 (.500). 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 (East Kentwood) has recorded at least a point in five of her last six matches while chalking up a combined eight points (3-2=8) during that span. She scored a point in four consecutive contests (Sept. 19-Oct. 1) to begin the streak. Lovelace’s eight points in 12 outings this season represents a career single-season best, eclipsing her five points (2-1=5) in 18 encounters for the 2009 campaign . . . Sophomore forward Kelsey Aubil (Wayland/Thornapple-Kellogg) recorded her first collegiate goal, which also represented the game winner, with a second-half marker in the Bulldogs’ win over Northwood (Oct. 10) . . . Ferris State has compiled a 6-1-1 record in its last eight matches to date and the Bulldogs are averaging 2.25 goals per game (18 total) while limiting their opponent to a 0.50 goals a match average (four total). FSU is 4-1-0 at home and 2-0-1 on the road in those eight appearances . . . Freshman goalkeeper Rachel McCollum (Grand Blanc) posted her program-record single-season tying sixth shutout of this season with a seven-saves effort against Northwood last Sunday (Oct. 10). In those shutout performances, McCollum sports a 5-0-1 record with 33 total saves in 560 minutes of action between the posts. She has turned aside seven shots on goal or more in three outings during the span, which included nine at Northwood (Sept. 12).
* Conference Recognition: Rachel McCollum has been selected as this week's (Oct. 11) GLIAC Women's Soccer "Athlete of the Week" for her performance this past weekend (Oct. 8 and 10) in a pair of GLIAC matches. McCollum compiled two shutouts in the Bulldogs' 2-0 victories versus Saginaw Valley State (Oct. 8) and Northwood (Oct. 10). She recorded a combined 12 saves in 180 minutes of action agaisnt the two GLIAC North Division opponents. Her six shutouts ties Carla Gilbertson (2004) for top FSU single-season honors. McCollum currently ranks third among Ferris State's all-time leaders in save percentage, sixth in victories, and seventh in both goals-against average and total saves.
* 2010 Seniors To Be Honored: Prior to this Sunday's (Oct. 17) home finale, five senior student-athletes on the 2010 FSU women's soccer team will be recognized in a special ceremony. Comprising the group are defender-midfielder Kristen March (Canton/Plymouth Salem), defender Ellen Phillips (Middleville/Thornapple-Kellogg), forward Carlee Boyle (Lockport, Ill.), midfielder Megan Stec (Novi), and midfielder Kara Lovelace (East Kentwood).
* Home Away From Home: The Bulldogs will play their final two home matches of the 2010 regular season on the turf at Top Taggart Field. FSU presently is 2-0 this fall in matches held at Top Taggart Field after notching a 1-2-0 record a season ago in outings played on the turf field. The inaugural 1999 team played all of their home matches at Top Taggart Field and posted a 0-5 home ledger. Ferris State currently sports a 2-7-0 all-time record in encounters held at Top Taggart Field.
* Did You Know?: The Bulldogs have scored 10 of their 18 goals on the season in the second half while holding the opposition to only four goals in the second 45 minutes of a regulation match.
* 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 third in career game-winning goals (seven) and is sixth in minutes played (3,883) among Ferris State's all-time leaders. The FSU forward also ranks seventh in both goals scored (22) and in points (50). 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 nine more points to tie the pair for 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 85-107-14 (.447) 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 Flyers are presently 5-7-0 overall with a 5-6-0 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) this season. Lewis snapped a three-match losing streak last Sunday (Oct. 10) with a 1-0 conference home triumph over St. Joseph's (Ind.) at Romeoville, Ill. The Flyers, who are coached by fourth-year head coach Chris Koenig, have currently registered a 5-1 record in home contests this fall.
The Huskies are at 7-5-0 overall and 5-5-0 in the GLIAC's North Division this season under first-year head coach Michelle Jacob. MTU, which is midst its inaugural season, is riding a current four-match winning streak and has won five of its last six outings to date. The Huskies claimed a 2-1 home league victory over Tiffin last Friday (Oct. 8) in Houghton, Mich., before following up with a 1-0 decision against Findlay in Sunday's (Oct. 10) tilt, which was also held at Houghton. Michigan Tech has generated a 2-0-0 record in away encounters this fall.
NMU has compiled a 6-2-4 record overall and is 6-2-2 in GLIAC North Division match play this campaign. The Wildcats started out this season going 6-0-2 in their initial eight outings but have posted a 0-2-1 mark in their last three appearances to date. Northern Michigan suffered a 2-0 conference home setback to Tiffin last Sunday (Oct. 10) in Marquette, Mich., after falling 1-0 to Findlay in Friday's (Oct. 8) tilt. The Cats' are under the direction of head coach Matt Granstrand, who's in his seventh season.
* 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.