vs. Saginaw Valley State
Friday, Sept. 9 – 4 p.m. (EDT)
Big Rapids, Mich.
Sunday, Sept. 11 – 12 p.m. (EDT)
Big Rapids, Mich.
*The Opening Kick: The Ferris State University women's soccer team will begin Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play this weekend. This Friday (Sept. 9), the Bulldogs will host the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals. Following that contest, Ferris State will take on the Northwood Timberwolves this Sunday (Sept. 11) at the FSU Varsity Soccer Field in Big Rapids, Mich.
*2011 Record: Ferris State is currently 0-2 overall and 0-0 in the GLIAC to date this season.
*Big Homestand: Friday's outing against Saginaw Valley State opens a five-match homestand for the Bulldogs in Big Rapids. Four of the five tilts are GLIAC encounters over the next two weeks.
*The Coach: Matt Kellogg (Butler, 2000) 2nd season, 7-11-3 (.405). Kellogg serves as the fourth head coach in the FSU women's soccer program's 13-year history. Under the direction of Kellogg, the Bulldogs held a 7-9-3 overall record and a 7-6-2 record in 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.
*2011 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.
*Bulldog Bytes: Senior forward Bri Borgman (Holland/West Ottawa) has scored the Bulldogs loan goal of the season in a contest against Drury (9/4) … During the match, Borgman led the team with three shots on goal.
*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.
*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 86-112-16 (.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.
Saginaw Valley State
Saginaw Valley State has an overall record of 1-0-0, in a non-conference decision over Lewis. The Cardinals begin GLIAC play this Wednesday (Sept. 7) against Northwood. The Cardinals opened the 2011 campaign with a 2-0 win over Lewis. The 2011 season marks the ninth for head coach Drago Dumbovic. SVSU was tabbed to finish fourth in the GLIAC Preseason Coaches Poll.
The Timberwolves currently hold a 1-0-0 overall record after a 8-0 victory over Urbana last week (Sept. 1). Northwood begins GLIAC play this Wednesday (Sept. 7) against Saginaw Valley State. The 2011 season will mark the inaugural season for head coach Dean Pappas. In the GLIAC Preseason Coaches Poll, Northwood was tabbed to finish sixth within the North Division.