The host Eagles took the initial 2-0 lead as forward Kelly Usher scored twice off of corner kicks. Her first goal came at 33:28 and was from five yards away off a header. That exact same play was repeated at 60:13 of the contest. Both assists went to Brittany Dimas.
After that last goal, the Eagles found themselves holding on for dear life for much of the rest of the match. That 2-0 lead was cut in half when FSU scored on an own goal at 66:39. In the 81st minute, FSU senior forward Tammy Unsworth (White Lake) got a good clean look at the goal from 10 yards out, but fired wide. In the last 1:10 of the contest, the Bulldogs had four corner kicks and that sequence produced several good shots on goal. However, AU goal keeper Krista Herbst and her defense handled the onslaught to give Ashland its first victory since a 2-1 overtime verdict against Northwood on Sept. 26.
Ferris State led in shots, 15-11, and in corner kicks by a 7-5 count.
Friday's matchup was the second meeting of the season between the teams. FSU previously edged the Eagles, 2-1 on Sept. 19 in Big Rapids.
With the loss, the Bulldogs drop to 4-6-1 overall and 3-4-1 in GLIAC play. The Eagles improved to 6-8 overall and 3-5 in league play with the victory.