Ferris State Women's Soccer Opens Season This Week

Ferris State Women's Soccer Opens Season This Week

vs. Indianapolis
Friday, Sept. 1 - 4:30 p.m. (ET)
Allendale, Mich.

vs. Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.)
Sunday, Sept. 3 – 11 a.m. (ET)
Allendale, Mich.

*The Opening Kick: The Ferris State University women's soccer team will open its 2012 season, the program's 14th season of intercollegiate competition, this weekend in Allendale, Mich. The first match will take place Friday, Sept. 1, against the Indianapolis Greyhounds at the Grand Valley State Kickoff Tournament. The Bulldogs will then play Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) on Sunday, Sept. 3.

*2012 Record: Ferris State is currently 0-0 overall and 0-0 in the GLIAC to date this season.

*The Coach: Ferris State - Matt Kellogg (Butler, 2000), 3rd season, 14-18-6 (.447). 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 7-5-3 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.

*2012 GLIAC Coaches Poll: Ferris State has been chosen to finish sixth in the GLIAC Preseason Women's Soccer Poll, which was released this past week by the league office. The league's 14 head coaches participated in the balloting, but were not allowed to vote for their own team. Grand Valley State outdistanced Ohio Dominican by 23 points and collected 13 first-place votes en route to being the preseason league favorite.

*Returning Firepower: FSU welcomes back 15 letterwinners from a year ago for the program's 14th collegiate campaign, including 10 players with starting experience.  The returnees include junior goalkeeper Rachel McCollum, who made 18 starts a year ago and finished with a 1.05 goals against average to go with 86 saves.  Sophomore midfielder Stephanie Garland recorded 10 points as a rookie last year on three goals and four assists while junior midfielder Hillary Braun contributed a pair of goals.

*Back-To-Back Trips: Ferris State finished the 2011 campaign with a 7-9-3 overall record. Last fall's appearance in the conference tournament represented the program's fourth ever as the Bulldogs also made the tournament in 2007 and 2008 before the back-to-back trips in 2010 and 2011.

*Season Openers: The Bulldogs are 7-5-1 all-time (.577 winning pct.) in season-opening matches to date. A year ago, the Bulldogs fell on the road at Indianapolis by a 1-0 score (9/2/11).  FSU has dropped three consecutive season openers to date, but FSU's last opening day win came in the Grand Valley State Kickoff Tournament by a 1-0 score over Southern Indiana in 2008 (8/29).

*2011 Season: Ferris State concluded the 2011 season with 7-9-3 overall record and 7-5-3 GLIAC record.  It marked the second consecutive year in which the Bulldogs wrapped up the year with a 7-9-3 overall mark.

*FSU's 14th Season: The 2012 campaign represents Ferris State's 14th season of women's soccer. The Bulldogs own an all time mark of 93-120-19 (.442) 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.

*Home Opener: Ferris State will host its first home match of the 2012 season Friday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m. (EDT). The Bulldogs will face off against the Ohio Dominican Panthers, marking the opening of GLIAC play for Ferris State.

The Opponents:

University of Indianapolis
Like the Bulldogs, the Greyhounds are playing their first match of 2012 this Friday. Kiley Cirillo is entering his second year as the UIndy women's head coach. A year ago, Indianapolis recorded an 11-8 overall mark and a 9-7 slate in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC).  UIndy was tabbed to finish fifth in the GLVC Preseason Poll.

Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.)
The Pirates are ranked third in the country and will face a fellow 2011 NCAA National Semifinal participant in second-ranked Grand Valley State in their season opener on Friday prior to facing FSU.  AASU was a unanimous pick to claim the Peach Belt Conference title this season and three returning all-league picks are back for head coach Eric Faulconer.  The Pirates were 18-3-3 overall a season ago.