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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's soccer team was picked to finish third in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division Preseason Coaches Poll announced Wednesday (Aug. 24) by the league office.
The league's 11 head coaches participated in the balloting, but were not allowed to vote for their own team.
Grand Valley State outdistanced Northern Michigan by seven points in the North Division voting (25-18) and garnered five first-place votes. GVSU, which has won the last six GLIAC titles, is the two-time defending NCAA Division II Champion. NMU finished second in the division in 2010 and received the lone remaining first-place nod.
The Bulldogs placed third in the North Division with 16 points. Meanwhile, Saginaw Valley State tallied 14 points to place fourth followed by Michigan Tech in fifth place with 11 points. Northwood came in sixth in the division with six points.
In the South Division, Tiffin earned four first-place votes and finished four points ahead of Ohio Dominican. After making it to the GLIAC Tournament final, Tiffin saw its 2010 season come to an end in the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament. ODU earned one first-place nod and received 12 points to put them three points ahead of Ashland and Findlay. The Eagles and Oilers tied for third and garnered nine points apiece. Lake Erie rounded out the South Division in fifth place with four points.
Second-year head coach Matt Kellogg returns to guide the Ferris State women's soccer team in 2011. The Bulldogs registered a 7-9-3 overall record a year ago and 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.
Senior forward Bri Borgman returns to lead the Bulldogs after scoring a team-high 23 points with 10 goals last campaign. Sophomore Rachel McCollum also returns as the goalkeeper in
2011. She played every minute in net last year and made 127 saves while allowing only 1.36 goals per contest.
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 opens its home slate facing Saginaw Valley State on Sept. 9 in what represents the Bulldogs' GLIAC opener.