FSU Women’s Soccer Notes (Matches 14-15)

This Week:

vs. Michigan Tech

Friday, Oct. 14 – 4 p.m. (EDT)
Houghton, Mich.

vs. Northern Michigan
Sunday, Oct. 16 – 12 p.m. (EDT)
Marquette Mich.

*The Opening Kick: The Ferris State University women's soccer team will conclude its eight match stand on the road this weekend (Oct. 14-16) with a trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to take on two Great Lake Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) teams. On Friday (Oct. 14), the Bulldogs will face the Michigan Tech Huskies in Houghton, Mich. The team will then travel to Marquette, Mich., to compete against the Northern Michigan Wildcats on Sunday (Oct. 16).  This weekend's outings represent the final regular-season road contests for the Bulldogs this campaign as FSU's final three outings will be at home.

*2011 Record: Ferris State is currently 6-5-2 overall and 6-2-2 in the GLIAC's North Division to date this season. With the two wins over the weekend, Ferris State remains in second place in the GLIAC North Division behind defending national champion Grand Valley State.

*The Coach: Ferris State - Matt Kellogg (Butler, 2000), 2nd season , 13-14-5 (.484). 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) is currently ranked fourth among all-time scoring leaders with 72 points coming from 32 goals and eight assists thus far in her Bulldog career … Borgman currently leads the Bulldogs in goals with seven of the team's 16 goals on the season to date … In last Friday's (10/7) contest against Saginaw Valley State, redshirt freshman Riley Wood (White Lake) scored the overtime goal that led Ferris State to the 1-0 OT victory … Freshman forward Sam Kay (Portage) scored her first goal of the season and lone goal of the Ferris State match against Northwood (10/9) … Sophomore goalkeeper Rachel McCollum (Grand Blanc) has played in 12 Bulldog outings and currently sports a 1.09 goals against average and a .833 save percentage this campaign ... Sunday's win over Northwood was FSU's fifth in its last seven contests and the Bulldogs have lost just once in that seven-match stretch despite having six of those matches on the road.

*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.

*GLIAC Honors: Ferris State University sophomore goalkeeper Rachel McCollum (Grand Blanc) was rewarded for her efforts this past weekend by being tabbed as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Women's Soccer Athlete of the Week. The weekly award is chosen by the conference office and sponsored by Hit Trophy. McCollum posted a pair of shutout wins in league play on the road as the Bulldogs improved to 6-2-2 in GLIAC action.  She first tallied 13 saves in FSU's 1-0 overtime victory over Saginaw Valley State on Friday (Oct. 7) in University Center.  McCollum then added a pair of saves as the Bulldogs topped Northwood by an identical 1-0 score on Sunday (Oct. 9) in Midland. McCollum has given up just one goal in the last three Bulldog contests and has four shutouts in her last six appearances.

*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 92-117-18 (.445) 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).

The Opponents:

Michigan Tech
The Michigan Tech Huskies currently hold an overall record of 4-4-1 and a GLIAC record of 3-2-0 to date. Over the weekend (Oct. 7-9), the Huskies dropped two matches at Tiffin and Findlay. The Bulldogs and Huskies have faced off once already this season with a 3-1 victory for Ferris State at the FSU Varsity Soccer Field.  The 2011 season marks 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.

Northern Michigan
The Wildcats have a current overall record of 7-3-3 and a 5-3-2 GLIAC record. Over the weekend (Oct. 7-9), Northern Michigan split two outings with a 1-0 loss to Findlay and a 5-2 victory against Tiffin. 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.

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