Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's soccer program and second-year head coach Andy McCaslin have announced five spring dates in which the Bulldogs will compete over the course of the next month.
The Bulldogs, who reached the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament Semifinals for the second consecutive season in McCaslin's first season as head coach last fall, will open their spring campaign on the road at Alma on March 30. FSU will then travel to Valparaiso on April 6 to face the NCAA Division I Crusaders along with Grace College.
The following week, on April 13, the Bulldogs will face the University of St. Franics (Ill.) in Fort Wayne before taking part in an outing in Grand Rapids at Aquinas College on April 26 versus both Aquinas and Calvin.
Finally, FSU wraps up the spring versus Division I Central Michigan on April 27.
"These games were scheduled to really test us this spring season," said McCaslin. "We've scheduled a difficult group of teams that have been extremely successful at all levels. We'll use this time to continue to develop our system of play, to further help cement expectations, concepts, and ideas.
"Each game date will bring something different to each match that will really test us and help us grow as we prepare for the fall. I'm looking forward to a very productive match portion of the spring season against some excellent competition."
Per NCAA regulations, no official results will be posted or distributed from the spring competition.
Ferris State wrapped up the 2013 season with a 9-8-2 overall record under McCaslin as the Bulldogs posted back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in school history and reached the league tournament semifinals for only the third time in the program's 15 years. This past year marked Ferris State's fourth consecutive conference tournament appearance, which is also the longest stretch in school history. FSU's trip to the semifinals also represented the first time in school history in which the Bulldogs have advanced to the second round of the conference tournament in back-to-back years.
FSU closed the 2013 campaign with a 7-1 overall record at home this season and the lone loss was a 1-0 non-conference setback to rival and eventual national champion Grand Valley State. Overall, FSU outscored the opponents by a 23-4 count in Big Rapids with five shutouts.
Last fall also represented only the sixth time in the program's 15-year history in which the Bulldogs have won at least nine contests in a season.
Following the spring season, the Bulldogs will officially begin preparations for next fall's 2014 campaign in August.
Below is the complete spring schedule of dates:
March 30 - at Alma
April 6 - at Valparaiso, v. Valpo and Grace College
April 13 - at University of Saint Francis – Fort Wayne
April 26 - at Aquinas College, v. Aquinas and Calvin College
April 27 - at Central Michigan