October 10, 2012

Women's Soccer On The Road In Ohio This Weekend

This Week:

Friday- at Tiffin, 4 p.m.
Sunday- at Findlay, 12 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 travel to Tiffin on Friday, Oct 12. Match time is set for 4 p.m. (ET). The Bulldogs will then compete at Findlay on Sunday, Oct 14. Match time is set for 12 p.m. (ET).

*2012 Record: Ferris State is currently 4-4-3 overall and 3-2-2 in the GLIAC to date this season after falling to nationally sixth-ranked Grand Valley State this Saturday (Oct. 6) by a 3-0 score in Big Rapids.

*The Coach: Ferris State - Matt Kellogg (Butler, 2000), third season, 18-22-9 (.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 welcomed 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 97-124-22 (.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.

*Falling to Grand Valley: The Bulldogs fell to the Grand Valley State Lakers this past Saturday (Oct. 6) by a 3-0 score. The Lakers posted their first goal of the day early into the contest and added their second goal in the last four seconds of the first half. The Lakers scored once more in the second half to notch the win. The Bulldogs had nine shots on the afternoon with three apiece coming from freshman forward Casey Shauman and sophomore midfielder Leanne Boehm. Junior goaltender Rachel McCollum made five saves.

*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 (274) to date.

* Facing The Best: The Bulldogs have played two of the nation's top teams this season in three games.  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 before meeting the Lakers last Saturday in league play.  Both AASU and GVSU reached the national semifinals a year ago with the Lakers finishing as the national runner-up.

The Opponents:

Tiffin: Tiffin currently holds an overall record of 5-4-2 for the season along with a 3-2-2 record in the conference. The most recent wins for the Dragons have came off Notre Dame College and Lake Erie. This season is the third for head coach Paula Fantini, who led Tiffin to a first-place finish and NCAA postseason berth with an overall record of 12-6-2 in 2010.

Findlay: The University of Findlay currently has an overall record of 3-6-1 with a record of 3-3-1 in the conference. The Oilers' most recent win came on a shutout against Notre Dame College. This marks the first season for head coach Crystal Dye.  The Oilers host Grand Valley State on Friday before meeting the Bulldogs.

Last Season: A year ago, the Bulldogs defeated Findlay by a 2-0 score in Big Rapids (10/21/11) and then finished in a 1-1 double overtime tie against Tiffin two days later (10/23/11) at home.

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