at #3 Grand Valley State Lakers
Saturday, Oct. 30 - 12 p.m. (EDT)
GVSU Soccer Field - Allendale, Mich.
* The Opening Kick: The Ferris State University women's soccer team will wrap up its 2010 regular-season action on the field this Saturday (Oct. 30) afternoon as the Bulldogs visit West Michigan rival and nationally third-ranked Grand Valley State in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division contest at Allendale, Mich.
* 2010 Record: Ferris State is presently 7-7-3 overall and 7-5-2 in the GLIAC's North Division this season after suffering a pair of road setbacks to two conference South Division teams this past weekend (Oct. 22 and 24). The Bulldogs dropped a 3-1 decision to the Findlay (Ohio) Oilers last Friday (Oct. 22) and then came out on the short end of a 2-1 overtime contest to the Tiffin (Ohio) Dragons on Sunday (Oct. 24). FSU, which is 3-2-2 in its last seven appearances to date, has compiled a 2-3-2 mark in away outings this fall.
* The Coach: Ferris State - Matt Kellogg (Butler, 2000), 1st season, 7-7-3 (.500); Career: 2nd season, 16-17-4 (.486). 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: Freshman forward Emily Kraska (Bay City/John Glenn) has posted a combined three points in her last two outings after tallying the Bulldogs' lone goal at Findlay last Friday (Oct 22) and then picking up an assist in Sunday's (Oct. 24) match at Tiffin. Kraska registered a combined three points (1-1=3) in her initial 15 contests this fall . . . Junior forward Bri Borgman's (Holland/West Ottawa) team-high 23 points (10-3=23) in 17 matches this season presently ranks tied for the 11th most in the program's all-time single-season history. Borgman is currently tied with Lindsey Pawloski, who totaled 23 points (10-3=23) in 19 contests for the 2004 campaign. Borgman is presently three points shy of tying Emily Rogers' 26 points (11-4=26) set in the 2000 season for 10th-place honors . . . Freshman defender-midfielder Hillary Braun (Rochester Hills/Rochester) became the ninth Bulldog player this season to tally a goal for the 2010 season as she netted her first collegiate score at Tiffin last Sunday (Oct. 24).
* This Month: Bri Borgman has produced a squad-best nine points (4-1=9) in eight October outings to date while Emily Kraska has chalked up a team second-most five points (2-1=5) in eight appearances for the month. Rachel McCollum sports a 3-3-2 ledger this month to go with a 1.04 goals-against average (nine goals allowed) and an .868 saves percentage (59 saves) in eight games.
* On The Road: The Bulldogs have generated a 2-3-2 record (.500) in away matches this fall and are averaging 1.19 goals per contest while allowing the same in road matchups. Bri Borgman has a squad-high seven points (3-1=7) in as many away appearances while Rachel McCollum sports a 2-3-2 mark between the posts with a 1.19 goals-against average (nine goals allowed) and an .852 saves percentage (52 saves) in 680 minutes of action.
* Regular-Season Finales: Ferris State has a 2-8-1 all-time record (.227) in regular-season finale contests and hasn't posted a win in such encounters since the 2002 campaign (Nov. 9) when the Bulldogs notched a 1-0 home triumph versus Grand Valley State in an evening match. FSU sports a 2-6-0 all-time mark (.250) in those outings against GVSU.
* 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 second in career game-winning goals (eight) and is fifth in minutes played (4,282) among Ferris State's all-time leaders. The FSU forward also ranks fifth in goals scored (25) and seven in points (56) while ranking tied for 16th place in matches started (52). Borgman is one goal shy from moving into a fourth-place tie with Heather O'Keefe (2002-07), who chalked up 26 career markers. She needs three more points to tie the pair for fifth-place honors on the program's career scoring leaders list.
* National Stats Leaders: Ferris State is listed among the 2010 NCAA Division II national leaders in several team and individual statistical categories this week thru matches of Oct. 24. The Bulldogs are ranked 24th in save percentage (.864), 56th in goals-against average (.950), 60th in shutout percentage (.412), 114th in win-loss-tie percentage (.500), and 132nd in scoring offense (1.41). Individually, Rachel McCollum ranks 34th in saves percentage (.863) and is 63rd in goals-against average (.950). Bri Borgman is 56th in total points (23.0) while ranking 70th in goals per game (.588) and 88th in points per game (1.35).
* 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 86-109-16 (.445) 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.
Grand Valley State
The Oilers are presently 5-4-3 overall and 5-4-1 in the GLIAC's South Division. UF played to a 2-2 two-overtime tie at Ohio Dominican last Sunday (Oct. 17) in its most recent contests and the Oilers are 1-3-2 in their last six encounters. The Oilers, who are directed by 21st-year head coach Andy Smyth, have produced a 3-1-1 mark in home outings this fall.
* 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.