Younger Sister Of Current Bulldog Player Joins Ferris Program
Allyson Smilanich Ferris State University women’s soccer head coach Melissa Lalonde, who completed her third season at the helm during the fall 2005 campaign, has announced the name of another prep student-athlete who has committed to attend and play women’s soccer at FSU starting with the 2006-07 academic year.

Prep forward/midfielder Allyson Smilanich (Kalamazoo/Christian) inked with the Bulldogs during the recent signing period. She notched four goals and 11 assists as a junior during the spring 2005 campaign while guiding Kalamazoo Christian High School to a 17-3-1 overall record. Her older sister, current FSU midfielder Kristie Smilanich (Kalamazoo/Christian), compiled a team-high 10 assists for Ferris State as a sophomore in 2005.

“Ally is no stranger to Bulldog soccer,” Lalonde said. “Kristie has been an impact player for us the past two years, and I have no doubt Ally will ultimately follow suit. She’s another versatile player with experience and success in nearly every spot on the field.”

The 5-3 Smilanich helped lead the Comets to back-to-back Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division IV State Championships in 2003 and 2004. KCHS posted records of 21-2-1 along with 22-1-1 in 2003 and 2004, respectively. Smilanich, who earned honorable mention all-state accolades last season, netted three goals and nine assists as a freshman (2003) before registering six goals and 16 assists as a sophomore (2004). She’s currently preparing to start her final prep campaign this spring.

“Although she’s coming off a shoulder injury, I know Ally will come in prepared to challenge for a significant role and succeed in whatever role she’s given,” said Lalonde. “She’s able to make confident and intelligent decisions on the ball. In addition, she has the ability to see the play develop, which enables her to organize and lead her teammates.”

A four-year letterwinner, Smilanich has played her prep career under her father, head coach Ron Smilanich. Her older sister, Kellie, has served as an assistant coach while older brother Matthew has assisted as a scout. Smilanich is the daughter of Ron and Sue Smilanich.

In addition to her prep soccer career, Smilanich has also played club level soccer for a variety of teams including the Kalamazoo Soccer Club, T.K.O. and Grand Valley Premier programs. The National Honor Society member plans to major in Applied Biology at Ferris State.

Smilanich joins twin sisters Kirstin and Kacie Lumley (Traverse City/Central) as members of FSU’s 2006 recruiting class to date.

The Bulldogs wrapped up the 2005 campaign with an 11-7 overall record and a fourth place 5-3 mark in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). FSU's 11 victories during the 2005 season tied for the program's most wins in school history. Ferris won 10 of its final 14 outings in 2005.