Oct. 10, 2006
Junior midfielder Kristie Smilanich (Kalamazoo/Christian) notched the game-winning goal only 1:40 into overtime to lift the Ferris State University women's soccer squad to its first-ever win over Ashland last Friday (Oct. 6) afternoon at the FSU Soccer Field in Big Rapids, Mich.

The Bulldogs, who improved to 7-6 overall and 3-3 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action this season, had previously dropped all seven previous series' meetings to its league foe. In fact, the Bulldogs had been outscored by the Eagles 28-2 all-time prior to last Friday's contest.

Ferris' last six outings this season have all been decided by two goals or less with three going to overtime.

Kristie Smilanich (Kalamazoo/Christian) presently has totaled a team-high 35 points and 16 goals this season.

Kristie Smilanich's 35 total points to date this year represents the program's second-best seasonal performance to date. The 5-6 Smilanich currently has notched 16 goals this season, which ranks as the school's top single-season performance ever. She is three points shy of tying Emily Rogers' single-season record of 38 points in 2003.

Eleven of Ferris' 13 outings this season have been decided by two goals or less. Seven of FSU's last nine 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 tied for fourth place in both points (28) and goals (11) among the school's single-season leaders to date. Her six assists this campaign currently ranks fifth on Ferris' single-season chart.

Ferris has netted 107 total points this year on 41 goals and 25 assists. The Bulldogs need only nine more points to match the school single-season record of 116 total points set in 2003.

FSU's 41 goals to date this year represents the most goals ever scored in a single-season by Ferris State.

Kristie Smilanich has five multiple-goal game efforts to date this campaign while Tammy Unsworth has notched three such efforts.

The Bulldogs will play their next four outings on the road starting with a non-league tilt at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Friday, Oct. 13, in Edwardsville, Ill. Match time is set for 7:30 p.m. (CDT) at SIUE's Ralph Korte Stadium. Ferris takes on Quincy (Ill.) Sunday, Oct. 15, beginning at 12 p.m. (CDT) on Quincy's North Campus Field in Quincy, Ill.

The Bulldogs are 0-1 all-time versus Southern Illinois-Edwardsville following a 3-0 setback in 2001 (9/7) at the Missouri-St. Louis Tournament in St. Louis, Mo. The Cougars are currently 10-4-2 overall and 8-3-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) this campaign under fourth-year head coach Lynda Bowers. She guided SIUE to its first NCAA-II Tournament appearance since 1998 during the 2005 campaign.

The all-time series between Ferris and Quincy is tied 1-1-1 heading into Sunday's match. The Bulldogs pulled out a 2-1 overtime victory in the most recent meeting last campaign (8/28/05) at the Grand Valley State Tournament in Allendale, Mich. Two of the three series' encounters have went to overtime as the two teams finished in a 2-2 double overtime tie in the 2004 (8/29) GVSU Tourney. The Hawks are presently 14-2 overall and 11-2 in GLVC play this season under first-year head coach Dave Musso entering Friday (Oct. 13) evening's non-league home contest against Grand Valley State.

The Bulldogs have only one more regular-season home match at the FSU Soccer Field. The final home contest versus archrival Grand Valley State will be Friday, Oct. 27, starting at 4 p.m. (EDT). It will also represent FSU's final regular-season outing of the campaign.