Ferris Drops Soccer Exhibition To Lewis

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's soccer team took the field for the first time in 2011, but suffered a 2-0 exhibition loss to regional foe Lewis (Ill.) on Sunday (Aug. 21) at the FSU Soccer Field.

The visiting Flyers won the preseason tilt by scoring a goal in each period under mostly sunny conditions with a nice crowd on hand.

Lewis struck first 28:24 into the contest Hillary Cooper centered a pass into the box and Ariel Miller put it in the net for the initial goal of the contest.

The Flyers added the second and final score of the match when Fran Abate found the back of the net on a header at 56:23 of the contest.  Her goal was setup by an assist from Danielle Miller on a kick into the box.

Overall, Lewis outshot Ferris by a 16-8 count for the outing although the Bulldogs had seven shots on goal to only six for the Flyers.  LU also had four corner kick chances compared with only two for Ferris State.

The Bulldogs totaled 12 fouls to just five for Lewis with both teams being called for offsides three times each.

Ferris State played nearly everyone in uniform as 20 different individuals participated in the contest, including three goalkeepers.  Rachel McCollum got the start and played the first half with Sam Boyle and Jessica Wineke splitting the second period duties.

Arianna Nie played the initial 79:37 and made six saves to pick up the win in net for Lewis.

Senior Bri Borgman led the Bulldogs with three shots on goal for the day.  Miller attempted six shots for Lewis with two coming on goal.

Sunday's match was the first of two exhibition contests for the Bulldogs, who will also visit Davenport on Tuesday (Aug. 23) for a 7 p.m. (ET) evening contest in Grand Rapids.

The Bulldogs officially start the regular-season by traveling to Indianapolis over Labor Day weekend for a pair of non-league outings against host Indianapolis on Sept. 2 and Drury (Mo.) on Sept. 4.

Ferris State registered a 7-9-3 overall record for the 2010 campaign as the Bulldogs finished fourth in the GLIAC's North Division with a 7-6-2 conference ledger.  FSU also made its third GLIAC Tournament appearance in the program's history.

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