Bulldog Women's Soccer Hosts #6 GVSU This Saturday
Saturday – Home vs. Grand Valley State, 12 p.m.
*The Opening Kick: The Ferris State University women's soccer team continues Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) at home this weekend as the Bulldogs host archrival and nationally-ranked Grand Valley State on Saturday, Oct. 6. Match time is set for 12 p.m. (ET) at the FSU Soccer Field in Big Rapids.
*2012 Record: Ferris State is currently 4-3-3 overall and 3-1-2 in the GLIAC to date this season after a win and a tie this past weekend (Sept. 28 & 30) on the road.
*The Coach: Ferris State - Matt Kellogg (Butler, 2000), third season, 18-21-9 (.469). 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 this season 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 97-123-22 (.446) 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 Tie: Ferris State battled league newcomer Walsh to a 1-1 double overtime tie on the road last Friday (Sept. 28). After a scoreless first period, the Cavaliers recorded the first goal of the night, but less than two minutes later the Bulldogs tied the game when freshman Nichole Boehnke notched her second goal of the season unassisted. Junior goalkeeper Rachel McCollum made four saves on the night, playing the entire game which consisted of 110 minutes. The Bulldogs led the shots 28-8, with 13 coming from sophomore Stephanie Garland, and the second-most shots in a single contest in the school's history.
*Win against Malone: The Bulldogs dominated Malone on Sunday (Sept. 30) by a final score of 3-0. Junior Hillary Braun scored the first goal of the night, which was also her first goal of the season at 34:47 with the assist coming from freshman Nichole Boehnke. In the second half of the game, freshman Abby Meirndorf scored the second goal of the night unassisted at 76:28. Less than four minutes later, freshman Casey Shauman netted the final goal of the night off a corner kick, posting her third of the season. Junior goalkeeper Rachel McCollum made one save on the night and played the entire 90 minutes. The Bulldogs outshot the Pioneers by a count of 36-5 with 14 coming on goal. Sophomore Leanne Boehm led FSU with seven shots and Meirndorf tallied six.
*Leading The Way: The Bulldogs' Casey Shauman leads the team with nine points on the season while Riley Wood has eight points to date this campaign. FSU has had a total of eight different players register its 15 goals this campaign to date.
* Nearing The Top: Ferris State's Rachel McCollum currently ranks second among FSU's all-time goalkeeping leaders in victories with 17 victories. A junior, she needs 15 more career wins to catch former Bulldog keeper Carla Gilbertson's school mark of 32 victories. McCollum ranks first in career shutouts (16) and is third in total saves (269) to date.
* 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.
Grand Valley State: Grand Valley State University currently leads the GLIAC and owns an overall record of 9-0-2 for the season along with a 5-0-1 mark in the conference. The Lakers have not allowed a goal in their last nine contests overall. This season is the 10th for head coach Dave DiIanni. GVSU is coming off a 3-0 league road win at Walsh last Sunday (Sept. 30) and is currently ranked sixth in the nation.