Friday- at Notre Dame (OH), 2 p.m.
Sunday- at Lake Erie, 4 p.m.
*The Opening Kick: The Ferris State University women's soccer team will play its final two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) regular-season matches on the road this week as the Bulldogs visit Notre Dame (Ohio) on Friday, Oct. 26, for a 2 p.m. (ET) league tilt and then head to Lake Erie on Sunday, Oct. 28, for a 12 p.m. (ET) match in Painesville, Ohio.
*Final Matches: Please note that the time and location of Friday's match at Notre Dame (Ohio) has now been changed. The match will now begin two hours earlier at 2 p.m. and take place at the Laurel Academy-Butler campus. The contest was moved from Brush High School's Korb Field, and will begin at 2 p.m. Laurel Academy's Butler Campus is located at 7420 Fairmount Road ~ Russell Township, Ohio 44072.
*2012 Record: Ferris State is currently 6-6-3 overall and 5-4-2 in the GLIAC to date this season. The Bulldogs beat Northern Michigan at home 5-2 last Friday (Oct. 19) before suffering a 2-0 setback to Michigan Tech in their final home contest on Sunday (Oct. 20) at the FSU Soccer Field.
*The GLIAC Tourney: The Bulldogs are currently seventh overall in the GLIAC standings heading into this week's action. The top eight teams following league regular-season play advance to the 2012 GLIAC Tournament. Quarterfinal-round games will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the sites of the four highest seeds. The top remaining seed will host the semifinals and finals on Nov. 2 & 4. Official pairings will be announced by the league office following the conclusion of regular-season play.
*The Coach: Ferris State - Matt Kellogg (Butler, 2000), third season, 20-24-9 (.462). 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.
*Three In A Row Possibly: If the Bulldogs remain among the top eight teams and qualify for the 2012 GLIAC Tournament, it would mark the first time in program history in which FSU has advanced to league postseason play three-straight times.
*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 99-126-22 (.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.
*One Win Shy: The Bulldogs need a single victory to record the program's 100th all-time win.
*Beating NMU: The Bulldogs beat the Northern Michigan Wildcats last Friday (Oct. 19) by a 5-2 score in Big Rapids. Both sophomore Leanne Boehm and sophomore Riley Wood scored two goals apiece on the day. The final goal of the night came off freshman Nichole Boehnke at 69:01. The Bulldogs outshot the Wildcats by a count of 19-12 with 13 coming on goal. Freshman goalkeeper Maddie Haustein registered her first college victory in net, saving five shots on the night during the entire 90 minutes.
*Senior Day Setback: The Bulldogs fell to the Michigan Tech Huskies on Sunday (Oct. 21) by a 2-0 score in the regular-season home finale. The game remained scoreless until the Huskies recorded their first goal at 62:54 and the second at the 79:33 mark of the second half. The Bulldogs totaled 11 shots on the afternoon with eight on goal; four shots on goal came from freshman Casey Shauman. Haustein totaled nine saves during the 90 minutes.
*Scoring Leaders: The Bulldogs' Riley Wood eads the team with 15 points on the season while Casey Shauman and Nichole Boehnke are tied with nine points to date this campaign. FSU has had a total of eight different players register its 21 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.
Notre Dame College: Notre Dame College is currently 3-11-1 overall and 2-8-1 in the conference this year. The only conference wins for the Falcons have came against Malone and Northern Michigan. This is the ninth season for head coach Mike Shiels. In 2007, Shiels led the Falcons to their best single-season record and in 2008 they reached the NAIA Coaches' Poll Top 25.
Lake Erie: Lake Erie holds a current overall record of 3-12-1 along with a record of 2-8-1 in the GLIAC. The only wins for the Storm this season have came against Findlay along with a shutout against Notre Dame College. This is the second season for head coach Jamie Shadd-Matson. Prior to joining the Storm in 2011, Shadd-Matson served as assistant coach at Millersville University.
Last Season: Last year, the Bulldogs posted a 1-0 win against Lake Erie (Sept. 25) in Painesville, Ohio. This will mark the first contest between the Bulldogs and the Notre Dame Falcons.