Three Bulldog Players Attain Individual Honors For Efforts This Season

Lyndsay Sleek Senior defender Lyndsay Sleek was among Ferris' 2006 postseason award winners
Ferris State University women's soccer interim head coach Neathan Gibson recently announced the Bulldogs' 2006 postseason award winners.

Ferris concluded the year with a 7-11 overall mark under Gibson. The Bulldogs finished Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play with a fifth-place tying 3-5 league mark.

Junior midfielder Kristie Smilanich (Kalamazoo/Christian), who was named Friday (Dec. 1) to the 2006 Daktronics NCAA Division II Women's Soccer All-America First Team, claimed the team's Attacking Player of the Year Award this campaign. The 5-6 Smilanich totaled a team-high 39 points and 18 goals this season while attaining All-GLIAC First Team accolades. 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.

Smilanich's 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. Nationally, Smilanich finished 13th in goals and 24th in total points per contest.

Smilanich, who is the first-ever All-American in the eight-year history of the Bulldog women's soccer program, also became only the second player in the history of Ferris women's soccer to attain all-region honors and the first-ever player chosen as a first team all-region pick by Daktronics. She had five multiple-goal game efforts this season.

The team's Defensive Player of the Year Award was given to senior defender Lyndsay Sleek (Royal Oak/Kimball). The 5-6 Sleek concluded her career with two goals and two assists for six total points. She notched a single goal on 10 shots this year while starting all 18 contests. The 2006 GLIAC All-Academic Team honoree made 55 starts in her 60-match career, which ranks sixth all-time in Bulldog history.

Sophomore midfielder/defender Michelle Young (Williamston) claimed team Most Improved Player Award recognition. Young recorded an assist and played in 16 outings this year after appearing in only five matches and scoring no points as a freshman in 2005. Her lone assist came in FSU's 11-1 conference-opening home triumph over Northwood (Sept. 13) at the FSU Soccer Field. She was in the starting lineup seven times this campaign.

Ferris State's seven victories this campaign tied for the sixth-highest seasonal total in school history. FSU's 120 total points and 46 goals this campaign both represented the highest single-season production in school history. In addition, Ferris' 28 total assists this season is listed third on the school's single-season list. Eight of Ferris' last 11 outings this season were decided by two goals or less as three went to overtime.