Junior midfielder Kristie Smilanich (Kalamazoo/Christian) and sophomore forward Tammy Unsworth (White Lake/Walled Lake Northern) of the 2006 Ferris State University women's soccer team have both been honored as All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) selections in an announcement made by the league office.
|Ferris State's Kristie Smilanich (top) and Tammy Unsworth (bottom) both received All-GLIAC accolades for the 2006 campaign|
Smilanich received first-team conference kudos while Unsworth was a second team choice this campaign. Eleven players each were named to both the first and second teams in balloting by the league's nine member head coaches.
Grand Valley State's Katy Tafler was chosen as the GLIAC's Offensive Player of the Year while Finella Annand of Mercyhurst picked up GLIAC Defensive Player of the Year Award laurels. Katie Johnson of GVSU was honored as the league's freshman of the year and Northern Michigan head coach Matt Granstrand claimed GLIAC Coach of the Year Award kudos.
The 5-6 Smilanich totaled a team-high 39 points and 18 goals this season. Her 39 total points this year represented the program's top seasonal performance in school history while her 18 goals this year also ranked as the school's top single-season performance ever. Smilanich's 67 career points and 27 total goals are both listed second all-time on Ferris' career performers list.
Her best performance this campaign came when she netted four goals, all of which came in the second period of play, in the Bulldogs' 7-5 home-opening win over Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.) at the FSU Varsity Soccer Field in Big Rapids, Mich. She finished tied for second place in goals (1.00 gpg) and third overall in points (2.17 ppg) among the GLIAC's overall leaders this campaign.
Last season (2005), Smilanich placed fifth among the squad's leaders with 14 total points on two goals and team-high 10 assists. Her 10 assists a year ago was the Bulldogs' second-highest seasonal figure in school history. As a freshman in 2004, Smilanich compiled Ferris' 10th-best single-season goal scoring effort with seven markers.
Unsworth is listed fourth in both points (30) and goals (12) among the school's single-season leaders based off her efforts this season. Her six assists this campaign ranks fifth on Ferris' single-season chart. In addition, Unsworth placed tied for sixth place this season in points (1.67 ppg) along with seventh in goals (0.67 gpg) among the league leaders.
Unsworth recorded a school single-game record five individual goals as the Bulldogs posted a decisive 11-1 victory over Northwood in their 2006 GLIAC opener (Sept. 13) at the FSU Soccer Field. She also added an assist for a school-record 11 total points in the contest.
The 5-1 Unsworth tallied both five goals and five assists for 15 total points as a freshman during the 2005 campaign. She placed second on the squad in assists along with fourth in both goals and points last campaign.
Smilanich had five multiple-goal game efforts this season while Unsworth notched three such efforts.
Ferris State concluded the year with a 7-11 overall mark under interim head coach Neathan Gibson. The Bulldogs finished GLIAC play with a 3-5 league mark.
FSU's 120 total points and 46 goals this campaign both represented the highest single-season
production in school history. Eight of Ferris' last 11 outings this season were decided
by two goals or less with three going to overtime.