Friday, Sept. 23 – 7 p.m. (EDT)
Ferguson Field, Ashland, Ohio
vs. Lake Erie
Sunday, Sept. 25 – 12 p.m. (EDT)
Jack Britt Memorial Stadium, Painesville, Ohio
*The Opening Kick: The Ferris State University women's soccer team will begin an eight-match road stretch this Friday (9/23) against the Ashland University Eagles in Ashland, Ohio. The Bulldogs will then continue Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play by traveling to Painesville, Ohio, on Sunday (Sept. 25) where they will face the Lake Erie Storm in a 12 p.m. (ET) match.
*2011 Record: Ferris State is currently 2-4-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the GLIAC's North Division to date this season.
*The Coach: Ferris State- Matt Kellogg (Butler, 2000), 2nd season, 9-13-4 (.423). Kellogg serves as the fourth head coach in FSU women's soccer program 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) leads the Bulldogs in goals, scoring five of the team's eight goals on the season thus far … In Sunday's (9/18) contest against Michigan Tech, Borgman scored two goals to assist in a 3-1 victory for Ferris State … Freshman midfielder Leanne Boehm (Macomb/Henry Ford) scored her first career Bulldog goal in the Michigan Tech match (9/18) … Freshman forward Sam Kay (Portage/Northern) notched an assist in the Michigan Tech match to bringing her to a tie for squad-high assists with Borgman as both have two helpers on the current season.
*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) also returns with an All-GLIAC Second-Team selection in 2010.
*Northern Ties: Ferris State's 0-0 double-overtime tie on Friday (Sept. 16) against nationally 13th-ranked Northern Michigan marked the third consecutive time the two squads finished in a double-overtime draw. The 2010 campaign saw the two teams tie twice. In the first meeting a year ago (9/17/10), the squad's finished the contest at a scoreless 0-0 tie and in the second matchup (10/17/10), the team's remained at a 1-1 decision after the two overtime periods.
*Talented Forward: Senior forward Bri Borgman (Holland/West Ottawa) finished the 2010 campaign tied for second place on the FSU's all-time leaders list in career game-winning goals scored and broke the tie with her game-winning goal earlier this year against Saginaw Valley contest (9/9). Borgman has currently tallied five goals thus far in the 2011 season, which is half the total number of goals she scored in 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.
The Ashland Eagles currently hold a record of 3-3-1 with a GLIAC record of 2-1-1 to date. The Eagles finished splitting last weekend with a loss to conference opponent Ohio Dominican and a 2-0 victory over non-conference foe Walsh. In the 2010 campaign, the Eagles and Bulldogs faced each other once (9/24) with the decision going to Ferris State in a 2-0 decision. This season marks the second for head coach Glenn Francis. In his inaugural season, Francis led Ashland to a 4-11-2 overall record and 2-10-2 record in the GLIAC. Ashland was tabbed to finish third in the GLIAC's South Division by the coaches.
The Storm have a current overall record of 1-5 and a 0-4 GLIAC record. Over the weekend, Lake Erie went against GLIAC member Ohio Dominican last Sunday (9/18) and dropped a 4-0 decision. Prior to that match (9/14), the Storm also lost a game against Ashland with a score of 2-1. Head coach Jamie Shadd-Matson is competing in her first season. Last season, Lake Erie finished 3-14-1 and went 1-13 in conference play. Lake Erie was tabbed to place fifth in the South Division for the GLIAC Preseason Coaches Poll.