Oct. 17, 2006
The Ferris State University women's soccer team dropped a pair of non-league contests this past weekend on the road. FSU fell 2-1 Friday (Oct. 13) evening at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville before suffering an 8-4 setback in Sunday's (Oct. 15) outing at nationally-ranked Quincy (Ill.).

The Bulldogs are currently 7-8 overall and 3-3 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action this season. FSU has only three regular-season outings remaining this campaign.

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

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.

Junior midfielder Kristie Smilanich (Kalamazoo/Christian) presently has totaled a team-high 39 points and 18 goals this season. Her 39 total points to date this year represents the program's top seasonal performance in school history. The 5-6 Smilanich currently has notched 18 goals this season, which also ranks as the school's top single-season performance ever.

Twelve of Ferris' 15 outings this season have been decided by two goals or less. Eight of FSU's last 11 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 fourth in both points (30) and goals (12) among the school's single-season leaders to date. Her six assists this campaign currently ranks fifth on Ferris' single-season chart.

The Bulldogs' 120 total points and 46 goals to date this campaign both represent the highest single-season production in school history.

Ferris' 28 total assists this season is listed third on the school's single-season list. The school record of 36 assists was set during the 2003 campaign.

Senior goalkeeper Carla Gilberston's (Waunakee, Wis.) seven victories in net this season ranks tied for third place on Ferris' seasonal list. Gilbertson holds the distinction of owning the program's top four single-season victory marks for a goalkeeper. She tallied nine wins in both 2004 and 2005 along with seven victories in 2003.

Kristie Smilanich's 67 career points and 27 total goals are both listed second all-time on Ferris' career performers list. Former Bulldog player Emily Rogers (2000-03) owns the top individual career performances with 119 total points and 45 goals at Ferris State.

Carla Gilberston ranks as FSU's all-time leader in career saves (336) and victories (32) for a goalkeeper.

Senior defender Lyndsay Sleek (Royal Oak/Kimball) and junior defender Ashley Lukes (Kokomo, Ind./Western) have both started 52 career contests, which ranks tied for eighth all-time at Ferris.

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

The Bulldogs will visit Indianapolis Wednesday, Oct. 18, for a 4 p.m. (EDT) non-league tilt in Indianapolis, Ind. Ferris then squares off against Saginaw Valley State Sunday, Oct. 22, in University Center, Mich. The GLIAC encounter will kick off at 12 p.m. (EDT).

Indianapolis holds a 3-0 all-time series' advantage over Ferris State with all three previous meetings being decided by a single goal. The Greyhounds topped Ferris 3-2 in the most recent meeting (9/5/04) at Indianapolis. UI also beat FSU 4-3 in double overtime at Big Rapids (9/14/03) and pulled out a 2-1 win in the first-ever meeting (8/26/01), which was held at a neutral site in Rensselaer, Ind. Indianapolis is presently 13-4 overall and 9-4 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) this season. The Greyhounds recorded a 2-1 conference home win over Missouri-Rolla in their most recent action Sunday (Oct. 15).

Ferris maintains a 3-2-2 series' edge over Saginaw Valley State heading into Sunday's match. The Bulldogs recorded a 2-0 home win at Big Rapids last campaign (10/30/05) and have claimed two of the last three contests to date. FSU holds a 3-1 home mark versus SVSU, but is only 0-1-2 in matches played at University Center. The Cardinals are currently 11-6 overall and 4-2 in GLIAC action this campaign following their 6-1 league triumph at Findlay Sunday (Oct. 15). SVSU hosts Grand Valley State Saturday (Oct. 21) prior to facing FSU.