As a result of the win, the Bulldogs advance to the semifinal round of the 2008 conference tournament (Nov. 7 and 9) in Allendale, Mich. The two semifinal contests and the championship match will be conducted this Friday (Nov. 7) on the campus of Grand Valley State University. Ferris State, which is the tourney's fourth seed, will face top-seed and nationally number-one ranked Grand Valley State in a 2:30 p.m. (EST) contest. The other semifinal matchup pits second-seed Tiffin against third-seed Saginaw Valley State with a noon (EST) start scheduled for that outing.
Following a scoreless 45 minutes of play against Northern Michigan, Ferris State was able to connect in rapid succession in the second half. Freshman midfielder Maegan Smith (Hickory Corners/Kalamazoo Christian) got the Bulldogs on the board just under two minutes into the second half as she punched the ball past NMU's diving goalkeeper Kara Music from the middle of the box. Senior forward Tammy Unsworth (White Lake/Walled Lake Northern) assisted on the game-winning tally as she dribbled to the end line and fed a cross to Smith for her eighth goal of the season.
|Senior Tammy Unsworth scored a goal and had an assist in Ferris State's GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinal-Round win. (Photo courtesy of Pioneer)|
Ferris State wasted little time in scoring again to go up 2-0 on the Wildcats as Unsworth recorded her seventh goal of the year on a one-timer which beat Music to right corner. Freshman defender Mekyla Spraggins (Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Central) assisted on Unsworth's marker with a midair cross pass from the right side of the box.
Sophomore goalkeeper Becci Houdek (Canton) collected her ninth victory of the season with a five-save effort. Houdek also notched her fifth shutout of this campaign and third against NMU this fall. Kara Music suffered the loss while making eight stops for the Wildcats, who were outshot 21-to-16 for the match.
In corner kicks, each team produced five apiece.
Ferris State, which improves to 9-8-1 overall this season, shutout the Wildcats for the third time to date this campaign. In the two regular-season contests between the teams, FSU posted a 1-0 win at NMU (9/21) and then handed the 'Cats a 3-0 loss at Big Rapids (10/12).