Sept. 25, 2006
Ferris sophomore forward Tammy Unsworth (White Lake/Walled Lake Northern) connected on a deep game-winning shot only 2:16 into overtime to lift the Bulldogs over Findlay 3-2 Sunday (Sept. 24) in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action at Big Rapids, Mich. Unsworth also recorded the contest's initial goal as she had two markers in the outing. Her game-winner versus Findlay represents her third game-winning goal of the campaign.

Ferris presently holds a 6-4 overall record this campaign and is currently 2-1 in league action.

Junior midfielder Kristie Smilanich (Kalamazoo/Christian) presently has totaled a team-high 29 points and 13 goals this season. She had three individual goals in last Friday's (Sept. 22) 5-4 league home loss to Northern Michigan.

Senior goalkeeper Carla Gilbertson (Waunakee, Wis.) has tied Alana Dombrowski's school-record total of 312 career saves. Gilbertson's 31 career wins in net also represent the highest figure in school history.

Kristie Smilanich's 57 career points presently ranks fourth all-time among Ferris State's career leaders. Her 22 career goals to date currently ranks fourth and is two away from matching Lisa O'Brian and Lindsey Pawloski's second-place totals of 24 markers at FSU. Smilanich has 13 career assists to date, which ranks third in FSU history.

Kristie Smilanich's 29 total points to date this year represents the program's third-best seasonal performance to date. The 5-6 Smilanich currently has notched 13 goals this season, which is ranked tied for second place on the school's single-season goal scoring list.

Tammy Unsworth is listed tied for fifth place in points (27) and tied for fourth place in goals (11) among the school's single-season leaders to date.

Eight of Ferris' 10 outings this season have been decided by two goals or less. Five of FSU's last six contests this year were determined by a single goal with the Bulldogs claiming three of those wins.

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

Freshman midfielder Kirstin Lumley (Traverse City/Central) recorded her first career points with a goal against Northern Michigan.

The Bulldogs have presently won six of their last eight overtime contests dating back to the 2004 campaign following Sunday's win over Findlay. FSU was 3-0-1 in extra period action during the 2004 season and posted a 2-1 mark in overtime contests last year. The Bulldogs, who suffered a 2-1 overtime loss at Hope last Wednesday (Sept. 20), are currently 1-1 in extra period action this campaign.

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.

Ferris State travels to Erie, Pa., for two league outings this weekend (Sept. 29 & Oct. 1). The Bulldogs will take on Gannon Friday, Sept. 29, in a 7 p.m. (EDT) tilt before squaring off against Mercyhurst Sunday, Oct. 1, with match time set for 1 p.m. (EDT).

Ferris is 6-1 all-time against Gannon and has won six consecutive series' contests to date. GU is presently 5-5 overall and 0-2 in league play this season following Sunday's (Sept. 24) 2-0 conference home loss to Saginaw Valley State.

The Bulldogs are 1-6 all-time versus Mercyhurst, but defeated the Lakers 3-1 last season (10/9/05) in Big Rapids, Mich. Mercyhurst holds a 9-1 overall mark and is 2-0 in the GLIAC to date after a 2-1 league home win Saturday (Sept. 23) over Saginaw Valley State. The Lakers, who host Grand Valley State Friday (Sept. 29) afternoon prior to facing FSU, were ranked 21st last week (Sept. 19) in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas Division II National Rankings. GVSU was listed fourth nationally last week.

Ferris State was ranked sixth in last week's (Sept. 19) NSCAA Great Lakes Regional Rankings. GVSU was first, Quincy (Ill.) second and Mercyhurst third in the most recent regional listing.

FSU's Kristie Smilanich and Tammy Unsworth are listed ninth (1.43 gpg) and 15th (1.29 gpg), respectively, among NCAA Division II's goal-scoring leaders according to the latest (Sept. 18) national statistical rankings for all games played up to Sept. 17th. Smilanich was also 11th in points per game (3.29) while Unsworth came in 16th (3.00) in the same category nationally. As a team, Ferris was listed 13th nationally in scoring offense (4.0 ppg).