October 17, 2012

FSU Soccer To Play Final Two Regular-Season Home Matches

This Week:

Friday- vs. Northern Michigan, 4 p.m.
Sunday- vs. Michigan Tech, 12 p.m.

*The Opening Kick: The Ferris State University women's soccer team continues Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action at home this weekend as the Bulldogs host Northern Michigan on Friday, Oct 19. Match time is set for 4 p.m. (ET). The Bulldogs will then host Michigan Tech on Sunday, Oct 21. Match time is set for 12 p.m. (ET).

*Final Home Matches: This weekend's two home contests represent the final two regular-season home tilts for the Bulldogs this campaign.  FSU will play its final two league contests on the road next week at Notre Dame (Ohio) and Lake Erie on Oct. 26 and 28, respectively.  The conference tournament starts on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at campus sites to be announced.

*Senior Day Sunday: The Bulldogs will honor this year's seniors prior to Sunday's final regular-season home match against Michigan Tech.

*2012 Record: Ferris State is currently 5-5-3 overall and 4-3-2 in the GLIAC to date this season after posting a 1-0 win over Tiffin on the road last Friday (Oct. 12) before falling to Findlay last Sunday (Oct. 14) by a score of 4-0 in league action.

*The Coach: Ferris State - Matt Kellogg (Butler, 2000), third season, 19-23-9 (.461). 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 98-125-22 (.445) 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.

*Win Over Tiffin: The Bulldogs beat the Tiffin Dragons last Friday (Oct. 12) by a 1-0 score in Tiffin, Oio. The only goal of the night was scored by sophomore Riley Wood at 82:16 with the assists coming from senior Amanda Foster and sophomore Taylor DiCicco. The Bulldogs outshot the Dragons by a count of 17-4 with nine on goal. Freshman Casey Shauman totaled five shots with two on goal, while freshman Hunter Dolan also registered a pair of shots on net.  Junior goalkeeper Rachel McCollum made two saves on the night.

*Falling to Findlay: The Bulldogs fell to the Findlay Oilers on Sunday (Oct. 14) by a 4-0 score. The Oilers scored their first goal at 33:44, which was the only goal the Bulldogs allowed in the initial half of the contest. The Oilers were then able to score three more goals in the second half to secure the win. The Bulldogs totaled five shots on the afternoon with three on goal. Junior goalkeeper Rachel McCollum made six saves.

*Scoring Leaders: The Bulldogs' Riley Wood eads the team with 10 points on the season while Casey Shauman has nine points to date this campaign.  FSU has had a total of eight different players register its 16 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 18 victories.  A junior, she needs 14 more career wins to catch former Bulldog keeper Carla Gilbertson's school mark of 32 victories.  McCollum ranks first in career shutouts (17) and is third in total saves (282) 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 on Oct. 6 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:

Northern Michigan: Northern Michigan is currently 3-10 overall and 2-7 in the conference this year. The only wins for the Wildcats this season have came against Findlay, Lake Erie and Minnesota Crookston. This is the ninth season for head coach for Matt Granstand. Last season, NMU finished with an overall record of 10-6-3 along with a record of 8-5-2 in the conference, placing second in the GLIAC North. In 2010, Granstand led the Wildcats to their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Michigan Tech: Michigan Tech is currently ranked first in the GLIAC with an overall record of 8-0-1 along with a record of 10-2-1 in the conference. The Huskies have recently posted wins against Saginaw Valley State and Northwood along with a shutout against Ashland and a 0-0 double overtime tie against Ohio Dominican. It is the third season for head coach Michelle Jacob. Last season, the Huskies finished with a 7-10 record overall and a 5-10 record in the conference. Prior to joining the Huskies in 2010, Jacob coached at Marian.

Last Season: Last year, the Bulldogs posted a 0-0 double overtime tie against Northern Michigan early in the season (Sept. 16) at home, but fell to NMU by a score of 1-0 later in the season (Oct. 16) in Marquette. Ferris State defeated Michigan Tech at home last season by a score of 3-1 (Sept. 18) then fell to the Huskies by a score of 2-1 (Oct. 14) in Houghton.

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