Sept. 12, 2006
The Ferris State University women's soccer team posted its second consecutive victory of the weekend with a 3-2 triumph over Charleston (W.Va.) in non-league action this past Sunday (Sept. 10) at Charleston, W.Va. FSU also recorded a 3-2 win Saturday (Sept. 9) over Concord (W.Va.) in Athens, W.Va.

Junior midfielder Kristie Smilanich (Kalamazoo/Christian) netted three goals and an assist in two outings this past weekend. Smilanich notched two goals and an assist in the win at Charleston. She presently has totaled a team-high 18 points and eight goals this season.

The Bulldogs improved to 3-0 all-time versus Charleston with Sunday's triumph. Saturday's meeting against Concord was the first-ever between the two schools.

Sophomore forward Tammy Unsworth (White Lake/Walled Lake Northern) scored the game-winning goal against Concord with 29 seconds left to play. Junior forward Heather O'Keefe (Ada/Forest Hills Central) then recorded the game-winner versus Charleston with just under seven minutes remaining.

Ferris has won three of its last four outings to date this campaign.

Freshman midfielders Kirstin and Kacie Lumley (Traverse City/Central) along with sophomore midfielder/defender Michelle Young (Williamston) all started for the first time last Tuesday (Sept. 5) in FSU's non-conference home match versus Calvin.

Senior goalkeeper Carla Gilbertson (Waunakee, Wis.) has 287 saves to date and is 25 away from matching Alana Dombrowski's school-record total of 312 saves. Gilbertson's 29 career wins in net already represent the highest figure in school history.

Kristie Smilanich's 46 career points presently ranks fifth all-time among Ferris State's career leaders and is one point shy of tying former Bulldog player Jen Gaylor (2001-05) for fourth place in Bulldog history. Her 17 career goals to date also ranks fifth and is three away from matching Gaylor's fourth-place total of 20 markers. Smilanich has 12 career assists to date, which ranks third in FSU history.

Smilanich's 18 total points to date this year represents the program's ninth-best seasonal performance to date. Jen Gaylor's 20-point effort in 2005 currently is listed as FSU's eight-highest single-season points figure. The 5-6 Smilanich currently has notched eight goals this season, which is ranked ninth on the school's single-season goal scoring list.

Neathan Gibson is serving this season as Ferris' interim head coach. Gibson, who has a wide array of various coaching and playing experience at the international level, will serve until the conclusion of the fall season when a nationwide search for a permanent replacement will begin.

The Bulldogs, who improved to 3-0 all-time versus Charleston with the win, will open Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action by hosting Northwood Wednesday, Sept. 13, in a 4 p.m. (EDT) tilt at the FSU Varsity Soccer Field in Big Rapids, Mich.

Ferris presently holds a 2-4-1 all-time record versus Northwood. The Bulldogs registered a 2-1 league-opening overtime triumph over the Timberwolves last campaign (9/21) at Midland, Mich. FSU dropped a 3-0 decision in its last home encounter versus Northwood during the 2004 season (10/7) at Big Rapids, Mich.

Ferris will play its initial three GLIAC matches at home this season. Following Wednesday's tilt, Ferris is idle until visiting Hope Wednesday, Sept. 20, for a non-league contest in Holland, Mich. The Bulldogs then return home to host a pair of league matches versus Northern Michigan and Findlay on Sept. 22 and 24, respectively.