Bulldog Soccer Heads To Ohio To Face League Newcomers

THIS WEEK:

Friday - at Walsh, 7 p.m.
Sunday - at Malone, 1 p.m.
 
*The Opening Kick:
The Ferris State University women's soccer team continues Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action on the road this weekend as the Bulldogs visit league newcomer Walsh on Friday, Sept. 28. Match time is set for 7 p.m. (ET).  The Bulldogs will then compete at Malone on Sunday, Sept. 30. Match time is set for 1 p.m. (ET). 

*Note Time Changes: 
Please note the time changes for both matches this weekend, which were late adjustments to the schedule.  Friday's outing at Walsh will begin in the evening at 7 p.m. (ET) with Sunday's contest at Malone moved back one hour to 1 p.m. (ET).

*2012 Record: Ferris State is currently 3-3-2 overall and 2-2-1 in the GLIAC to date this season after a win and a tie this past weekend (Sept. 21 & 23) at home.

*The Coach: Ferris State - Matt Kellogg (Butler, 2000), third season, 17-21-8 (.456). 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 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 was chosen to finish sixth in the GLIAC Preseason Women's Soccer Poll, which was released 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.

*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 96-123-21 (.444) 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.

*Double Overtime Win: The Bulldogs won their second home game of the season last Friday (Sept. 21) by defeating Northwood in a 2-1 double overtime decision. The first goal of the night came from sophomore midfielder Riley Wood, gaining her third goal of the season, at 57:36 after a scoreless first half. Freshman forward Casey Shauman earned the assist. After Northwood scored at 83:03, the score remained 1-1 until sophomore midfielder Stephanie Garland scored her second goal of the season with 4:31 remaining in double overtime. Freshman forward Nichole Boehnke was on the game-winning assist. Junior goalkeeper Rachel McCollum had six saves on the night. The Bulldogs outshot the Timberwolves by a count of 22-17 with 11 on net.

*Double Overtime Tie: After a double overtime showdown on Sunday (Sept. 23), the Bulldogs and Saginaw Valley State ended the contest in a 1-1 draw. At 28:37 of the match, the Cardinals marked the first goal of the night and the score remained until sophomore midfielder Riley Wood scored her fourth goal of the season at 60:51. The assist came from freshman midfielder Abby Meirndorf. Neither team scored during the remainder of the game, or in either overtime session. Junior goalkeeper Rachel McCollum played the entire 110 minutes with seven saves on the afternoon. The Bulldogs led the shots by a 19-17 count with eight on net.

*Leading The Way: The Bulldogs' Riley Wood leads the team with eight points on the season while Casey Shauman has seven points to date this campaign.  FSU has had a total of six different players register its 11 goals this campaign to date.

*Coming Up Next: The Bulldogs will be back at home for a single outing next week as they host archrival and nationally-ranked Grand Valley State on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the FSU Soccer Field.  The league match will start at 12 p.m. (ET).

* Nearing The Top: Ferris State's Rachel McCollum currently ranks second among FSU's all-time goalkeeping leaders in victories with 16 victories.  A junior, she needs 16 more career wins to catch former Bulldog keeper Carla Gilbertson's school mark of 32 victories.  McCollum ranks first in career shutouts (15) and is third in total saves (259) to date.  She is currently tied at second in the GLIAC with 46 total saves to date this season.

* Facing The Best: The Bulldogs have played two of the nation's top teams this season.  FSU battled to a 0-0 double-overtime tie versus then third-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) on Sept. 2 at the Grand Valley State Kickoff Tournament in Allendale.  Then, on Sept. 12, the Bulldogs suffered a 1-0 loss to then third-ranked GVSU in a non-league game on its home field.  Both AASU and GVSU reached the national semifinals a year ago with the Lakers finishing as the national runner-up.

The Opponents:

Walsh: The Cavaliers own a 5-1-1 record for the 2012 season and are 2-1-1 in GLIAC. The Cavaliers' most recent wins come versus Notre Dame College and Lake Erie. This is the second season for head coach Dave Renard, who led the Cavaliers to an overall record of 13-5 in his first season, which tied for the second-most wins during a season in the program's history.  Walsh is in its first campaign as a league member.

Malone: The Pioneers currently hold a 1-5-1 overall record for the 2012 season and own a 0-3-1 ledger in the GLIAC heading into the weekend. This marks the fifth season for head coach Leta Gramlich, who had a record of 3-13 last season and is 25-38-2 overall. Assistant coach Josh Jones, who's in his second season, has assumed head coach duties for the majority of this season.

This weekend will mark the first-ever series' meetings versus both Walsh and Malone.

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