Ferris State Women's Soccer Notes
Oct. 24, 2006
The Ferris State University women's soccer team suffered a pair of road setbacks this past week. FSU dropped a 2-0 non-league decision Wednesday (Oct. 18) at Indianapolis before falling 6-0 in conference play Sunday (Oct. 22) at Saginaw Valley State.
The Bulldogs are currently 7-10 overall and 3-4 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action this season.
Eight of Ferris' last 10 outings this season have been decided by two goals or less with three going to overtime.
Junior midfielder Kristie Smilanich (Kalamazoo/Christian) presently has totaled a team-high 39 points and 18 goals this season. Her 39 total points to date this year represents the program's top seasonal performance in school history. The 5-6 Smilanich currently has notched 18 goals this season, which also ranks as the school's top single-season performance ever.
Thirteen of Ferris' 17 outings this season have been decided by two goals or less. Eight of FSU's last 13 contests this year were determined by a single goal with the Bulldogs claiming four of those wins.
The Bulldogs have presently won seven of their last nine overtime contests dating back to the 2004 campaign.
Sophomore forward Tammy Unsworth (White Lake/Walled Lake Northern) is listed fourth in both points (30) and goals (12) among the school's single-season leaders to date. Her six assists this campaign currently ranks fifth on Ferris' single-season chart.
The Bulldogs' 120 total points and 46 goals to date this campaign both represent the highest single-season production in school history.
Ferris' 28 total assists this season is listed third on the school's single-season list. The school record of 36 assists was set during the 2003 campaign.
Senior goalkeeper Carla Gilberston's (Waunakee, Wis.) seven victories in net this season ranks tied for third place on Ferris' seasonal list. Gilbertson holds the distinction of owning the program's top four single-season victory marks for a goalkeeper. She tallied nine wins in both 2004 and 2005 along with seven victories in 2003.
Kristie Smilanich's 67 career points and 27 total goals are both listed second all-time on Ferris' career performers list. Former Bulldog player Emily Rogers (2000-03) owns the top individual career performances with 119 total points and 45 goals at Ferris State.
Carla Gilberston ranks as FSU's all-time leader in career saves (354) and victories (32) for a goalkeeper.
Senior defender Lyndsay Sleek (Royal Oak/Kimball) and junior defender Ashley Lukes (Kokomo, Ind./Western) have both started 54 career contests, which ranks tied for seventh all-time at Ferris.
Kristie Smilanich has five multiple-goal game efforts to date this campaign while Tammy Unsworth has notched three such efforts.
Ferris State will host league archrival Grand Valley State in its regular-season finale at the FSU Soccer Field in Big Rapids this Friday, Oct. 27, starting at 4 p.m. (EDT). It will also represent FSU's annual Senior Day contest as Carla Gilbertson and Lyndsay Sleek will be recognized prior to their final home matches.
Ferris fell to 3-4 all-time versus Grand Valley State after last season's (11/5/05) 5-1 season-ending loss to the Lakers in Allendale, Mich. GVSU has won each of the last three meetings. FSU presently holds a 2-5 all-time mark in its final regular-season contest of the year entering Friday's matchup.
Both Grand Valley State and Mercyhurst currently lead the GLIAC with 6-1 league marks heading into the final week of regular-season action. Grand Valley State, which is 14-1-1 overall this season, is ranked sixth nationally in this week's (Oct. 24) National Soccer Coaches Association 0f America (NSCAA)/adidas Division II Poll. GVSU is the Great Lakes Region's top-ranked team and advanced to the NCAA Division II National Quarterfinals last campaign. David DiLanni is in his fourth season as the Lakers' head coach.