2010 GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals
at Northern Michigan Wildcats
Tuesday, Nov. 2 - 2 p.m. (EDT)
NMU Soccer Field - Marquette, Mich.
* The Opening Kick: The Ferris State University women's soccer team has qualified for the 2010 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Women's Soccer Tournament, which gets underway this Tuesday (Nov. 2) afternoon as the Bulldogs face the Northern Michigan Wildcats in a quarterfinal-round match at Marquette, Mich. The conference-tourney opening contest is slated for a 2 p.m. (EDT) start.
* 2010 Record: Ferris State wrapped up its regular season at 7-8-3 overall, which included a fourth-place 7-6-2 mark in the GLIAC North Division. The Bulldogs dropped a 6-0 regular-season finale decision to nationally third-ranked Grand Valley State this past Saturday (Oct. 30) in a GLIAC North Division contest at Allendale, Mich. FSU, which is 3-3-2 in its last eight appearances to date, has compiled a 2-4-2 mark in away outings this fall.
* The Coach: Ferris State - Matt Kellogg (Butler, 2000), 1st season, 7-8-3 (.472); Career: 2nd season, 16-18-4 (.474). 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 Tournament: A total of six teams, which includes the top team in each GLIAC Division based on points, plus the next four teams overall based on conference winning percentage have qualified for the 2010 GLIAC Tournament. The post-season conference tournament starts this Tuesday (Nov. 2) with two quarterfinal-round matches at 2 p.m. (EDT). The winners will then play this Friday (Nov. 5) in semifinal-round action with top-seed Grand Valley State hosting. Match times are 12 p.m. (EDT) and 2:30 p.m. (EDT). The championship match will be held this Sunday (Nov. 7) at 1 p.m. (EDT). Ticket prices are $5 per session and $2 per session for students with ID/children. Children age two and younger will be admitted free of charge.
* Dogs versus Cats: FSU compiled a 0-0-2 record this regular season against Northern Michigan which featured a pair of two overtime ties. The two GLIAC North Division foes played to a scoreless two-overtime deadlock at NMU in the first meeting (Sept. 17). Ferris State then finished in a 1-1 double-overtime tie versus the Wildcats in the second meeting (Oct. 17) on the turf at FSU's Top Taggart Field. In the two contests, NMU held a 40-29 shots advantage while the Bulldogs posted a 7-5 edge in corner kicks. Individually, freshman goalkeeper Rachel McCollum (Grand Blanc) notched a 0.39 goals-against average (one goal allowed) and a .941 saves percentage (16 saves) in 230 minutes of action between the posts. Offensively, junior forward Bri Borgman (Holland/West Ottawa) paced the Bulldogs in scoring with two points on a goal while senior defender-midfielder Kristen March (Canton/Plymouth Salem) garnered an assist.
* Bulldog Bytes: Ferris State has totaled 24 goals this season in its 18 matches, which is comprised of 13 goals in the first half and 11 in the second stanza. Last season, the Bulldogs tallied nine first-half goals and produced 13 second-half scores for a 22-team output . . . Bri Borgman completed the month of October with a team-leading nine points on four goals and an assist in nine outings. She recorded six of her points in back-to-back GLIAC home matches versus Michigan Tech (Oct. 15) and Northern Michigan (Oct. 17) highlighted by a pair of tallies against MTU.
* On The Road: The Bulldogs have generated a 2-4-2 record (.375) in away matches this fall and are averaging 1.12 goals per contest (nine total) while allowing 1.88 an outing (15 total) in road matchups. Bri Borgman has a squad-high seven points (3-1=7) in eight appearances while Rachel McCollum sports a 2-4-2 mark between the posts with a 1.75 goals-against average (15 goals allowed) and an .805 saves percentage (62 saves) in 770 minutes of action.
* GLIAC Tournament History: Ferris State has compiled a current 1-2 all-time record (.333) in GLIAC Tournament matches. The Bulldogs made their initial conference tourney appearance in 2007 (Oct. 30) with a 3-2 quarterfinal-round loss at Saginaw Valley State. FSU then registered a 2-0 home decision over Northern Michigan in the 2008 quarterfinals (Nov. 4) before suffering a 3-0 semifinal-round setback at Grand Valley State (Nov. 7).
* Regional Ranking: The Bulldogs are listed ninth in the latest NCAA Division II Midwest Region Rankings Poll, which was issued last Wednesday (Oct. 27) by the NCAA-II Women's Soccer Committee. Ferris State had compiled a 7-7-3 mark both in-region and overall thru matches of Oct. 24. The final regular-season poll will be released this Wednesday (Nov. 3).
* 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 (4,306) 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.
* 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.
* 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 86-110-16 (.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.
Northern Michigan has presently compiled a 7-3-4 record overall and finished with a second-place 7-3-2 mark in the GLIAC's North Division this season. The Wildcats, who are 5-2-3 at home this campaign, posted a 2-1 overtime conference win over Michigan Tech last Saturday (Oct. 30) at Marquette to snap a four-match non-winning streak. NMU is coached by Matt Granstrand, who's in his seventh season directing the Wildcats' program.
* 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.