This Week In Bulldog Soccer:
vs. Saginaw Valley State
Friday, Oct. 7 – 2 p.m. (EDT)
Sunday, Oct. 9 – 12 p.m. (EDT)
*The Opening Kick: The Ferris State University women's soccer team will continue an eight-match road stretch this Friday (Oct. 7) against the Saginaw Valley Cardinals in Saginaw, Mich. The Bulldogs will then continue Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play by traveling to Midland, Mich., on Sunday (Oct. 9) where the Northwood Timberwolves will host the match.
*2011 Record: Ferris State is currently 4-5-2 overall and 4-2-2 in the GLIAC's North Division to date this season. FSU is coming off a 1-1 double overtime tie at Ohio Dominican last Friday (Sept. 30) in Columbus, Ohio.
*The Coach: Ferris State - Matt Kellogg (Butler, 2000), 2nd season , 11-14-5 (.450). Kellogg serves as the fourth head coach in FSU women's soccer 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 was 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 as she's notched seven of the team's 14 goals on the season thus far … Freshman midfielder Stephanie Garland (Macomb/l'Anse Cruese North) is another Bulldog with multiple goals on the season as she's tallied three to date … Sophomore goalkeeper Rachel McCollum (Grand Blank) has played in ten Bulldog outings and currently sports a 1.33 goals against average and a .794 save percentage.
*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.
*Talented Forward: Senior forward Bri Borgman (Holland/West Ottawa) currently ranks second all-time in career game-winning goals at Ferris State. Borgman has currently tallied seven goals thus far in the 2011 season, which is more than 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 90-117-18 (.440) to date since the program's inception in 1999. The 2003 (11-5-1) and 2005 (11-7-0) seasons hold the program's record for most victories in a single campaign.
Next Home Match: Ferris State's next home encounter is slated for Friday, Oct. 21, against Findlay at 4 p.m. (ET).
Saginaw Valley State -
The Saginaw Valley State Cardinals currently hold a record of 4-4-1 and a GLIAC record of 3-4-1 to date. The Cardinals beat Northwood in an overtime win last week (Oct. 2). The Bulldogs and Cardinals have faced off once already this season with a 3-1 victory for Ferris State in Big Rapids. 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 have a current overall record of 4-5-0 and a 2-2-0 GLIAC record. Last weekend, Northwood dropped a 7-1 decision to defending national champion Grand Valley State. On Sunday (Oct. 2), the Timberwolves fell to Saginaw Valley State by a 2-1 count. The 2011 season marks the inaugural season for head coach Dean Pappas. In the GLIAC Preseason Coaches Poll, Northwood was tabbed to finish sixth within the North Division.