Ferris State Women's Soccer Notes - Matches 4-5

THIS WEEK:

vs. Saginaw Valley State Cardinals
Friday, Sept. 10 - 2 p.m. (EDT)
SVSU Soccer Complex - University Center, Mich.

vs. Northwood Timberwolves
Sunday, Sept. 12 - 12 p.m. (EDT)
NU Soccer Complex - Midland, Mich. 

* The Opening Kick: The Ferris State University women's soccer team starts a four-match Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) road swing over the next two weeks, starting this Friday (Sept. 10) against the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals at University Center, Mich.  Following that contest, the Bulldogs take on the Northwood Timberwolves this Sunday (Sept. 12) at Midland, Mich.

* 2010 Record: Ferris State is currently 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the GLIAC to date this season.  The Bulldogs suffered a pair of 1-0 home losses to Minnesota State last Friday (Sept. 3) and Winona State last Sunday (Sept. 5) before opening up GLIAC action Wednesday (Sept. 8) at home in a 3-0 setback to nationally number-one ranked and 2009 NCAA Division II National Champion Grand Valley State. 

* The Coach: Ferris State  - Matt Kellogg (Butler, 2000), 1st season, 0-3 (.000); Career: 2nd season, 9-13-1 (.413).  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. 

* Bulldog Bytes: Ferris State has registered 26 shots on goal this season in their initial three matches compared to 22 a season ago following their first three appearances . . . FSU has allowed five goals this fall in its first three contests while the 2009 squad gave up 10 goals thru the same time period . . . Freshman goalkeeper Rachel McCollum's (Grand Blanc) 10 saves against Grand Valley State Wednesday (9/8) represents a single-season match high, eclipsing her five stops versus Winona State last Sunday (9/5) . . . Senior defender Kristen March (Canton/Plymouth Salem) enters this season ranking ninth on FSU's all-time assists leaders list with 10 career helpers in 53 career appearances . . . Bri Borgman's (Holland/West Ottawa) 10 goals last season tied for the ninth most among the Bulldogs' all-time single-season leaders.   

* 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 (Gaines/Linden) and senior midfielder Kara Lovelace (East Kentwood) 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 both points (33) and in minutes played (3,151). 

* 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 79-105-13 (.434) 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 
Saginaw Valley State
Saginaw Valley State improved to 2-1-0 overall and is currently 1-0-0 in GLIAC competition this fall following a 3-1 conference-opening victory at Northwood on Wednesday (Sept. 8) in Midland, Mich.  The Cardinals opened the 2010 campaign with a 1-0 non-league triumph at Wisconsin-Parkside (Sept. 2) before suffering a 2-0 non-conference home loss to Quincy this past Sunday (Sept. 5) at University Center, Mich.  Eighth-year head coach Drago Dumbovic led the Lady Cardinals to a school-record 14 wins in the 2009 season and the program's first-ever NCAA Division II Regional Tournament appearance.  SVSU was tabbed second in the 2010 GLIAC Preseason Coaches' Poll as the Cardinals received 21 points and one of the six first-place votes within the GLIAC's North Division.  

Northwood
The Timberwolves are presently 1-1-0 overall and 0-1-0 in the GLIAC as a result of dropping a 3-1 home decision to Saginaw Valley State Wednesday (Sept. 8) in Midland, Mich.  Northwood, which is coached by 12th-year head coach Doug Carter, hosts top-ranked Grand Valley State this Friday (Sept. 10) before entertaining Ferris State on Sunday (Sept. 12).  NU was selected to tie for third place with Northern Michigan in the 2010 GLIAC Preseason Coaches' Poll with 15 points total. 

* 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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