FSU at Madonna
Friday, Sept. 7 – 3 p.m. (ET)
*The Opening Kick: The Ferris State University women's soccer team continues non-conference action this season with a non-league road contest at Madonna on Friday, Sept. 7, in Livonia, Mich. Match time is set for 3 p.m. (ET) and the outing represents the Bulldogs' only action of the week.
*2012 Record: Ferris State is currently 0-1-1 overall and 0-0 in the GLIAC to date this season.
*The Coach: Ferris State - Matt Kellogg (Butler, 2000), 3rd season, 14-19-7 (.438). 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 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (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 welcomes back 15 letterwinners 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 93-121-20 (.440) 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.
*Home Opener: Ferris State will host its first home match of the 2012 season Friday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m. (EDT). The Bulldogs will face off against the Ohio Dominican Panthers, marking the opening of GLIAC play for Ferris State.
*GVSU Kickoff Tourney: The Bulldogs officially opened the 2012 campaign with two contests in the Grand Valley State Kickoff Tournament this past weekend (Aug. 31 & Sept. 2) in Allendale. Both outings went to double overtime. FSU fell to Indianapolis by a 3-2 score in two extra sessions on Friday as the Greyhounds notched the game-winner in double OT. However, on Sunday FSU bounced back to finish in a scoreless 0-0 double-overtime tie versus preseason nationally third-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.), which reached the national semifinals a year ago.
*All-Tourney Team: Two Bulldog players were among the All-Tournament team selections at the GVSU Kickoff Tournament this past weekend. Junior defender Amanda Foster (Byron Center/South Christian) along with senior midfielder Logan DeClercq (Lowell).
*Freshman Scorers: Two rookie players accounted for both of the Bulldogs' goals last weekend in the game against Indianapolis. Freshman forward Casey Shauman (Portage) notched her first collegiate goal at 51:43 for the first score of the contest on a cross from the right side of the box to the left post. The shot was assisted by another freshman in defender Ashley Bradstreet (Grandville). FSU added to its advantage only two minutes later as the two rookies reversed roles when Bradstreet connected on a shot from the top of the box off a feed from Shauman at 53:49 of the second frame.
*Back to GVSU: After the meeting with Madonna, Ferris State will return to Allendale next Wednesday (Sept. 12) for a non-league game against Grand Valley State at 7 p.m. (ET). Due to the GLIAC's scheduling formula this season, each team will play a non-league game against its designated conference rival that does not count towards the standings. FSU will host the Lakers in the official league matchup between the two teams on Oct. 6 in Big Rapids.
Madonna: Madonna University holds a 2-1 overall record to date this year. Both wins have came over Fanshawe College with one at home and one on the road. This season marks the third for head coach Jeff Hodgson, who's the fourth women's soccer head coach in Crusader history. In his inaugural season, Hodgson led Madonna to a 3-6-7 overall record in his initial campaign followed by a 6-9-1 mark a season ago. Madonna University is part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC).
Last Year: Madonna posted a 3-0 win over the Bulldogs last season (9/14/11) in Big Rapids. FSU used the contest to gain experience as 17 different players saw action. Starting goalkeeper Rachel McCollum also did not play in the contest.