The Ferris State University women's soccer team will play 19 matches during the 2011 regular season, highlighted by eight home matches and a pair of appearances against the 2010 NCAA Division II National Champions, as a challenging schedule awaits this fall.
The Bulldogs' slate this upcoming campaign consists of eight matches at home, 10 road outings, and one neutral site tilt. Ferris State, under head coach Matt Kellogg, will play 15 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) regular-season matches, including 10 versus North Division foes. Two of the 10 matchups are against 2010 national champion Grand Valley State.
"I'm very excited about this coming season," said Kellogg, who starts his second season at Ferris State this fall. "I have a better idea of what to expect from a difficult (GLIAC) conference schedule and am excited what our team can do after working with them for the past year. I'm also looking forward to our non-conference schedule.
"Indianapolis and Drury are two very good opponents and I know Jeff Hodgson at Madonna has done some great things with that program since taking over," added Kellogg.
The 2011 season gets underway for Ferris State on Tuesday, Aug. 23 with a non-conference encounter at Davenport. The Bulldogs then travel to Indianapolis, Ind., Labor Day weekend for a pair of non-league outings against host Indianapolis on Sept. 2 and Drury (Mo.) on Sept. 4.
Ferris State opens its home slate facing Saginaw Valley State on Sept. 9 in what represents the Bulldogs' GLIAC opener. FSU continues the five-match homestand with Northwood (Sept. 11), Madonna (Sept. 14), Northern Michigan (Sept. 16), and Michigan Tech (Sept. 19) on the docket. The lone non-conference tilt during that stretch is the Sept. 14 meeting with Madonna.
An eight-match conference road swing over a three-week period follows as the Bulldogs tangle with Ashland (Sept. 23), Lake Erie (Sept. 25), Grand Valley State (Sept. 28), and Ohio Dominican (Sept. 30) to wrap up September play before continuing with four October outings. Ferris State visits Saginaw Valley State (Oct. 7) and Northwood (Oct. 9) followed by its annual trek to Michigan's Upper Peninsula for contests versus Michigan Tech (Oct. 14) and Northern Michigan (Oct. 16).
The Bulldogs' final three regular-season appearances will take place on their home field as Findlay (Oct. 21), Tiffin (Oct. 23), and West Michigan rival Grand Valley State (Oct. 29) provide the opposition.
The opening round of the 2011 GLIAC Tournament gets underway on Nov. 1 at campus sistes as the top six teams in the final regular-season standings qualify for the annual post-season tourney. The semifinal round takes place on Nov. 4 proceeded by the championship match which is set for Nov. 6 at the site of the tournament's highest remaining seed.
Ferris State registered a 7-9-3 overall record for the 2010 campaign as the Bulldogs finished fourth in the GLIAC's North Division with a 7-6-2 conference ledger. FSU also made its third GLIAC Tournament appearance in the program's history.
FSU, which will be led by first-year head coach Matt Kellogg, embarks on its 12th season of intercollegiate competition this fall. The Bulldogs are slated to face three opponents who appeared in the 2009 NCAA Championship Tournament, including 2009 national champion and nationally top-ranked Grand Valley State twice (Sept. 8 and Oct. 30).
A change is in store for the 2010 conference slate as Lake Erie (Ohio) and Ohio Dominican have officially joined the GLIAC and will play in the South Division while Michigan Tech will make its varsity athletics program debut this season as a North Division member. The Bulldogs will play the other five teams in the North Division twice, both home and away, and the five South Division schools once.
The 2010 season gets underway for Ferris State on Labor Day weekend with a pair of home non-conference matches versus Minnesota State (Sept. 3) and Winona State (Sept. 5) at the FSU Varsity Soccer Field in Big Rapids, Mich. The season opener pits the Bulldogs against Minnesota State, a 2009 NCAA Tournament qualifier. The contests against the pair of Minnesota schools will represent a rematch as FSU opened its 2009 season on their respective fields.
Ferris State will then commence Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play on Sept. 8 with a home match against Grand Valley State. The Bulldogs then hit the road for four league encounters versus Saginaw Valley State (Oct. 10), Northwood (Sept. 12), Northern Michigan (Sept. 17), and Michigan Tech (Sept. 19) as part of a 15-conference regular-season match schedule.
The remaining 11 outings feature seven home matches, highlighted by five-match homestand from Sept. 24 through Oct. 10. The Bulldogs will face Ashland (Sept. 24), Lake Erie (Sept. 26), Ohio Dominican (Oct. 1), Saginaw Valley State (Oct. 8), and Northwood (Oct. 10) before visiting Lewis (Ill.) on Oct. 12 in a non-league tilt.
FSU resumes GLIAC action with two matches versus Upper Peninsula foes Michigan Tech (Oct. 15) and Northern Michigan (Oct. 17) to wrap up the home portion of its schedule.
A three-match league road swing with contests against Findlay (Oct. 22), Tiffin (Oct. 24), and Grand Valley State (Oct. 30) will conclude the regular season.
The opening round of the 2010 GLIAC Tournament will get underway on Nov. 2 as the top six teams will qualify for the post-season tourney. The semifinal round takes place on Nov. 5 followed by the championship match which is set for Nov. 7 at the site of the tournament's highest remaining seed.
Ferris State posted a 3-13-2 overall record for the 2009 season, which included a 3-10-1 conference ledger.