Women's Soccer Heads To Findlay For GLIAC Tourney

Women's Soccer Heads To Findlay For GLIAC Tourney

This Week:
Tuesday - at Findlay, 2 p.m.
GLIAC Tourney Quarterfinals

*The Opening Kick: The Ferris State University women's soccer team will visit Findlay for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament quarterfinals on Tuesday, Oct. 30.  Match time is set for 2 p.m. (ET). The Bulldogs are seeded fifth among the eight qualifying teams with Findlay fourth.

*Rest Of The Field: Grand Valley State and Michigan Tech were named 2012 GLIAC Women's Soccer co-champions as each team finished with 34 points during regular-season play.  GVSU earned the number one seed in the tournament based on a head-to-head win over Michigan Tech during the regular season.  Grand Valley State will host eighth-seeded Northwood on Tuesday in a GLIAC Tournament quarterfinal match.  Second-seeded Michigan Tech will host number seven Tiffin while third-seeded Saginaw Valley State will host number six Ohio Dominican University in the other quarterfinal-round matches

*Win & Advance: If the Bulldogs advance past Tuesday's quarterfinal, the league tournament semifinals will take place on Friday, Nov. 2, with the title match on Sunday, Nov. 4. Location and time of both matches are to be announced following quarterfinal-round play with the top remaining seed serving as the host.

*2012 Record: Ferris State is currently 8-6-3 overall and 7-4-2 in the GLIAC to date this season.  The Bulldogs wrapped up conference regular-season play with identical 2-0 league road wins this past weekend at Notre Dame (OH) and Lake Erie on Friday (Oct. 26) and Sunday (Oct. 28), respectively.

*Third-Straight Year: This year's visit represents the Bulldogs' third consecutive conference tournament appearance and it marks the first time in school history the Bulldogs have qualified for the event three years in a row.  It will be FSU's fifth all-time tournament appearance as the Bulldogs also made the tournament in 2007 and 2008 before the back-to-back trips in 2010 and 2011.

*GLIAC Tourney History: Ferris State has compiled a current 1-4 all-time record (.200) in GLIAC Tournament matches.  The Bulldogs made their initial conference tourney appearance in 2007 (10/30/07) with a 3-2 quarterfinal-round loss at Saginaw Valley State.  FSU then registered a 2-0 home decision over Northern Michigan in the 2008 quarterfinals (11/4/08) before suffering a 3-0 semifinal-round setback at Grand Valley State (11/7/08).

*The Coach: Ferris State - Matt Kellogg (Butler, 2000), third season, 22-24-9 (.482). 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.

*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 101-126-22 (.450) 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.

*Victory 100: The Bulldogs recorded the program's 100th all-time win with a 2-0 triumph over Notre Dame last Friday.  Tuesday's GLIAC Tourney match will mark the Bulldogs' 250th all-time contest.

*Beating Notre Dame: The Bulldogs beat the Notre Dame College Falcons last Friday (Oct. 26) by a 2-0 score in Ohio. Freshman Abby Meirndorf scored the first goal of the evening after just 14:13, which was her second goal of the season. The score stood at 1-0 until 70:30 of the second half when the Bulldogs received an own goal from Notre Dame, giving the Bulldogs a 2-0 advantage. FSU held a commanding 30-2 edge in shots with 19 on goal, five of which came from Meirndorf. Sophomore Taylor DiCicco tallied three shots on goal while three others had two shots each.

*Win Over Lake Erie: The Bulldogs defeated the Lake Erie Storm in Ohio on Sunday (Oct. 28) by a 2-0 score to bring the regular-season to a close, recording a two-game shutout on the weekend. After a scoreless first half, sophomore Riley Wood notched her eighth goal of the year in unassisted fashion at 47:06. Three minutes later, sophomore Stephanie Garland scored the second and final goal of the afternoon with the assists coming from Wood and freshman Hunter Dolan. The Bulldogs owned a decisive 24-3 edge in shots with 12 on goal.

* 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 Opponent:

Findlay: The University of Findlay currently has an overall record of 8-8-1 with a record of 8-4-1 in the conference. The Oilers recently beat Northwood by a score of 2-1 in the regular-season finale to clinch the fourth seed. This marks the first season for head coach Crystal Dye.

Earlier this season:  The Bulldogs fell to the Findlay Oilers earlier this season (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.