Friday, Sept. 17 - 4 p.m. (EDT)
NMU Soccer Field - Marquette, Mich.
Sunday, Sept. 19 - 12 p.m. (EDT)
Sherman Field - Houghton, Mich.
* The Opening Kick: The 2010 Ferris State University women's soccer team venture to Michigan's Upper Peninsula this weekend (Sept. 17 and 19) for a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division matches. The Bulldogs will square off against the Northern Michigan Wildcats this Friday (Sept. 17) afternoon in Marquette, Mich., before facing the Michigan Tech Huskies on Sunday (Sept. 19) in Houghton, Mich. The contest against Michigan Tech will represent the first-ever meeting between the two teams as the Huskies' program is in their inaugural season.
* 2010 Record: Ferris State improved to 1-4-0 overall and 1-2-0 in the GLIAC's North Division to date this season with a 3-0 conference win at Northwood last Sunday (Sept. 12) in Midland, Mich. Prior to the league victory, the Bulldogs suffered a 1-0 loss to Saginaw Valley State last Friday (Sept. 10) in GLIAC action at University Center, Mich.
* The Coach: Ferris State - Matt Kellogg (Butler, 2000), 1st season, 1-4-0 (.200); Career: 2nd season, 10-14-1 (.420). 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: Sophomore defender Kasey Ruimveld's (Vicksburg) match-winning goal in Sunday's (Sept. 12) 3-0 conference decision at Northwood represented her first collegiate goal in 20 career outings . . . Junior forward Bri Borgman (Holland/West Ottawa) tallied her first goal of this season at Northwood and has accumulated 16 career markers in 42 outings to date. She needs four more goals to tie Jen Gaylor (2001-05; 20 career goals) for seventh place on FSU's all-time scoring charts. Borgman has also produced a program ninth-most 35 career points and is two shy of tying Andrea Moma (2002-05; 37 career points) for eighth place among FSU's all-time leaders . . . Freshman goalkeeper Rachel McCollum (Grand Blanc) notched her first collegiate shutout in the win at Northwood by stopping all nine shots on goal in a complete-match decision. She made a single-season high 10 saves in a 3-0 league home setback to nationally number-one ranked Grand Valley State (Sept. 8) . . . Sophomore forward Cassie Aro (Gaines/Linden) posted her first goal of this season in the Bulldogs' fifth match. Aro didn't score her initial marker a season ago until the team's sixth contest although she didn't play in the 2009 squad's initial four encounters.
* Kudos To Kellogg: First-year Ferris State head coach Matt Kellogg earned his first win at FSU with Sunday's (Sept. 12) conference shutout road win over the Northwood Timberwolves.
* Did You Know?: The Bulldogs have given up only six goals this season (1.20 goals avg.) in their five encounters. A season ago in its initial five appearances, Ferris State allowed a combined 17 goals (3.40 goals avg.).
* 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 sixth in minutes played (3,310) among Ferris State's all-time leaders while tying for seventh in career game-winning goals (five). She's also listed eighth in goals scored (16) and ninth in points tallied (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 80-106-13 (.435) 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 is currently 2-0-2 overall and improved to 2-0-0 in the GLIAC's North Division with a 1-0 conference home victory over South Division opponent Ohio Dominican last Sunday (Sept. 12) at Marquette, Mich. The Wildcats are led by seventh-year head coach Matt Granstrand, who was selected as the 2006 GLIAC Women's Soccer Coach of the Year. NMU tied for third place in the 2010 GLIAC Preseason Coaches' Poll with the Wildcats earning 15 points within the GLIAC's North Division.
Michigan Tech, under first-year head coach Michelle Jacob, sports a 2-2-0 overall record and has compiled an 0-2-0 ledger in the GLIAC North Division this season to date. The Huskies produced a 1-0 non-conference triumph over Minnesota Duluth last Sunday (Sept. 12) at Houghton, Mich., in their most recent action. MTU registered a 2-0 non-league home decision versus Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) in the program's debut match (Sept. 2). Michigan Tech, which is midst its inaugural season, received five points to place sixth in the 2010 GLIAC Preseason Coaches' Poll.
* 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.