This Week In Ferris State Women's Soccer:
Friday, Sept. 2 - 7:30 p.m. (EDT)
Sunday, Sept. 4 – 12 p.m. (EDT)
*The Opening Kick: The Ferris State University women's soccer team will open its 2011 season, the program's 13th season of intercollegiate competition, this weekend in Indianapolis, Ind. The first match will take place Friday, Sept. 2, against the Indianapolis Greyhounds. The Bulldogs will then play the Drury (Mo.) Panthers on Sunday, Sept. 4.
*2011 Record: Ferris State is currently 0-0 overall and 0-0 in the GLIAC to date this season.
*The Coach: Ferris State - Matt Kellogg (Butler, 2000) 1st season, 7-9-3 (.368). Kellogg serves as the fourth head coach in FSU women's soccer program 12 year history. Under the direction of Kellogg, the Bulldogs held a 7-9-3 overall record and a 7-6-2 record in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) match play last year. Prior to coaching at Ferris State, Kellogg 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.
*2010 GLIAC Coaches Poll: Ferris State has been chosen to finish third in the GLIAC Preseason Women's Soccer Poll, which was released Aug. 24 by the league office. The Bulldogs earned 16 points in their third place North Division finish. Grand Valley State finished first in the poll with 25 points. Tiffin was tabbed for the first place honor in the South Division. The league's 11 head coaches participated in the balloting, but weren't allowed to vote for their own team.
*Returning Firepower: Ferris State returns 13 letterwinners from a season ago. The Bulldogs welcome back senior forward Bri Borgman (Holland/West Ottawa), who compiled a squad best 23 points on 10 goals and three assists in the 2010 season. Senior defender Mekyla Spraggins (Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Central) will be returning with an All-GLIAC Second-Team selection in 2010.
*Talented Defensemen: Mekyla Spraggins received All-GLIAC Second-Team honors in the 2010 season and also earned GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team plaudits and D2 Athletics Directors Association Achievement Award honors. Spraggins started in the team's 19 matches and posted a point on the season with an assist in a 5-0 league triumph over Lake Erie (9/26). In six contests she earned a shot on goal. She held the second-most minutes played on the team (1.652) from the 2010 season.
*Season Openers: The Bulldogs are 7-4-1 all-time (.583 winning pct.) in season-opening matches to date. FSU's last season-opening triumph occurred in the 2010 season when the Bulldogs faced Minnesota State in Big Rapids, Mich.
*2010 Season: Ferris State concluded the 2010 season with 7-9-3 overall record and 7-6-2 GLIAC record.
*FSU's 13th Season: The 2011 campaign represents Ferris State's 13th season of women's soccer. The Bulldogs own an all time mark of 86-111-16 (.403) to date since the program's inception in 1999. The 2003 (11-5-1) and 2005 (11-7-0) season hold the program's record for most victories in a single season.
*Home Opener: Ferris State will host its first home match of the 2011 season Friday, Sept. 9, at 4 p.m. (EDT). The Bulldogs will face off against the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals, marking the opening of GLIAC play for Ferris State.
University of Indianapolis
Like the Bulldogs, the Greyhounds are playing their first match of 2011 this Friday. Kiley Cirillo is entering his first year as the UIndy women's head coach. In the 2010 season the Greyhounds held a 4-10-2 overall record. The squad was picked to finish ninth in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GVLC) poll.
The Panthers had a concluding record 8-9-2 on the 2010 season, with a 6-6-2 record in the GLVC. The DU women's soccer team is tabbed in sixth place in the GLVC preseason poll. Head coach Alf Bilbao, who begins his sixth season this fall, is Drury's all time winningest coach in soccer history with at 57-33-11. Drury opens their season this Friday, Sept. 2, against Ohio Dominican.