Ferris State Women's Soccer Notes – Matches 5-7
Wednesday, Sept. 14 – 4 p.m. (EDT)
Big Rapids, Mich.
vs. Northern Michigan
Friday, Sept. 16 – 4 p.m. (EDT)
Big Rapids, Mich.
vs. Michigan Tech
Sunday, Sept. 18 – 12 p.m. (EDT)
Big Rapids, Mich.
*The Opening Kick: The Ferris State University women's soccer team will begin a three-match homestand this Wednesday (9/14) against non-conference foe Madonna University. The Bulldogs will then continue Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play this weekend. This Friday (Sept. 16), the Bulldogs will host the Northern Michigan Wildcats. Following that contest, Ferris State will take on the Michigan Tech Huskies this Sunday (Sept. 18) at the FSU Soccer Field in Big Rapids, Mich.
*2011 Record: Ferris State is currently 1-3 overall and 1-1 in the GLIAC to date this season.
*The Coach: Ferris State- Matt Kellogg (Butler, 2000), 1st season, 8-12-3 (.413). Kellogg serves as the fourth head coach in the FSU women's soccer program's 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.
*Bulldog Bytes: Senior forward Bri Borgman (Holland/West Ottawa) leads the Bulldogs in goals, scoring three on the season thus far … Sophomore forward Courtney Meharg (Clarkston) scored her first Bulldog career goal in Sunday's (9/11) match against the Northwood Timberwolves.
*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.
Madonna University holds a record of 0-4 to date. The Crusaders have yet to score a goal in the 2011 campaign. This season marks the second for head coach Jeff Hodgson, becoming the fourth women's soccer head coach in Crusader history. In his inaugural season, Hodgson led Madonna to a 3-6-7 overall record. Madonna University is a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
The Wildcats have a current overall record of 3-0-1 and a 2-0 GLIAC record. Northern Michigan went against GLIAC member Michigan Tech last Wednesday (9/7) and won with a score of 3-1. Most recently (9/11), the program competed with Ohio Dominican and came out victorious with a 1-0 decision. Head coach Matt Grandstrand is competing in his seventh season in that position. Last year, the Wildcats made their first NCAA Tournament appearance. Northern Michigan was tabbed to place second in the North Division for the GLIAC Preseason Coaches Poll
Michigan Tech currently holds a 2-1-1 overall record and a split 1-1 record in the GLIAC. The Huskies' last outing against Ohio Dominican concluded in a 2-2 tie. The 2011 season will mark only the second in Michigan Tech women's soccer program history, and also the second campaign as head coach for Michelle Jacobs. The Huskies were chosen to finish fifth in the GLIAC's North Division according to the 2011 Preseason Coaches Poll.