Friday, Sept. 24 - 4 p.m. (EDT)
FSU Soccer Field - Big Rapids, Mich.
vs. Lake Erie
Sunday, Sept. 26 - 12 p.m. (EDT)
FSU Soccer Field - Big Rapids, Mich.
* The Opening Kick: The Ferris State University women's soccer team will put its present three-match unbeaten streak on the line this weekend (Sept. 24 and 26) as the Bulldogs entertain a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) South Division opponents in the Ashland Eagles and the Lake Erie Storm at the FSU Soccer Field in Big Rapids, Mich.
* 2010 Record: Ferris State is currently 2-4-1 overall with a 2-2-1 ledger in the GLIAC's North Division this season. The Bulldogs have extended their unbeaten string to three straight following last Sunday's (Sept. 19) 3-2 conference truimph over the Michigan Tech Huskies in Houghton, Mich. Ferris State opened its Michigan Upper Peninsula road trip last Friday (Sept. 17) by playing the Northern Michigan Wildcats to a 0-0 two-overtime tie in a GLIAC contest at Marquette, Mich.
* The Coach: Ferris State - Matt Kellogg (Butler, 2000), 1st season, 2-4-1 (.357); Career: 2nd season, 11-14-2 (.444). 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 Megan Stec's (Novi) first-half goals in the Bulldogs' 3-2 conference win at Michigan Tech last Sunday (Sept. 19) represented the second of her career and the first since the 2008 season (Oct. 26) when she netted a marker in a 4-0 decision at Northwood . . . Ferris State has given up eight goals in its first seven contests this fall after allowing 21 goals a season ago following its initial seven encounters. The opposition has scored five first-half goals and three in the second half this campaign compared to 11 in the opening 45 minutes and 10 goals in the second for the 2009 season . . . Junior Bri Borgman's (Holland/West Ottawa) match-winning goal in the first half at Michigan Tech (Sept. 19) marked the sixth of her career and moved the Bulldog forward into a fifth-place tie with Jen Gaylor (2001-05) and Kristie Smilanich (2004-07) on FSU's all-time game-winning goals leaders list. Borgman is presently one game-winning tally shy of tying Lindsey Pawloski (2002-05) and Tammy Unsworth (2005-08) for third-place honors.
* Scoreless Ties: Ferris State's 0-0 double-overtime tie at Northern Michigan last Friday (Sept. 17) was the program's first since Oct. 15, 2003 when the Bulldogs and Tiffin played to a scoreless two-overtime draw in a GLIAC outing at Tiffin, Ohio. The only other time in which FSU didn't net a goal following 110 minutes of action occurred in the 2002 campaign (Oct. 13) at Saginaw Valley State.
* Did You Know?: Freshman goalkeeper Rachel McCollum (Grand Blanc) has compiled an .889 saves percentage (24 total saves) with a 0.71 goals-against average (three goals allowed) in her last four appearances to date. In her first three matches this fall, McCollum posted a .792 saves percentage (19 total saves) and had a 1.67 goals-against average (five goals allowed).
* 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 fifth in career game-winning goals (six) while being listed sixth in minutes played (3,502) among Ferris State's all-time leaders. The FSU forward also ranks eighth in both goals (18) and in points (40).
* National Stats Leaders: Ferris State ranks 55th in save percentage (.846) among the 2010 NCAA Division II team national statistical leaders thru matches of Sept. 19. The Bulldogs are also listed 89th in goals-against average (1.108), 109th in shutout percentage (.286), 150th in win-loss-tied percentage (.357), and 170th in scoring offense (0.86). Individually, Rachel McCollum is 60th in saves percentage (.843) and 97th in goals-against average (1.108).
* 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 81-106-14 (.438) 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 Eagles are 2-3-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the GLIAC's South Division this season under first-year head coach Glenn Francis. Ashland started out the 2010 campaign winning its first two matches before going 0-3-1 in its last four outings. The Eagles, who are 1-3-1 on the road this season, suffered a 2-0 non-conference setback to nationally 11th-ranked Northern Kentucky last Sunday (Sept. 19) in Highland Heights, Ky. In its prior appearance (Sept. 17), Ashland and Ohio Dominican played to a 0-0 double-overtime draw in a conference division tilt at Columbus, Ohio.
The Storm sport a 2-4-0 overall record and are 0-4-0 in the GLIAC's South Division this season after suffering a 1-0 conference road loss to Ohio Dominican last Sunday (Sept. 19) in Columbus, Ohio. Lake Erie, which is 2-3-0 in away outings this fall, visits Grand Valley State this Friday (Sept. 24) prior to Sunday's (Sept. 26) road encounter at Ferris State. Third-year head coach Jim Buchan also serves as the head coach for the Storm's men's soccer 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.