Sept. 6, 2006
Ferris State University junior midfielder Kristie Smilanich (Kalamazoo/Christian) notched a school-record tying four goals, all of which came in the second period of play, as the Bulldogs recorded a 7-5 win in their 2006 home opener Sunday (Sept. 3) over Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.) at the FSU Varsity Soccer Field in Big Rapids, Mich. Smilanich, who has a team-best five goals this season, also added an assist as she matched another school record with nine total points in Ferris' lone outing last week. Among Smilanich's four goals were two unassisted markers, a penalty kick goal and the game-winner.

Kristie Smilanich was selected as this week's (Sept. 5) GLIAC Women's Soccer Player of the Week for her performance against Wheeling Jesuit. Her selection marks the first time a Bulldog player has received the award since former standout Jen Gaylor earned the honor last season (Oct. 10).

Calvin improved to 2-1 all-time versus Ferris with Tuesday's (Sept. 5) 3-1 non-league win at Big Rapids. The two teams had split two previous series' encounters with Ferris winning the inaugural tilt 3-1 at Big Rapids in 2003 before Calvin posted a 2-0 home win over FSU in 2004 at Grand Rapids, Mich.

Senior goalkeeper Carla Gilbertson (Waunakee, Wis.) has 284 saves to date and is 28 away from matching Alana Dombrowski's school-record total of 312 saves. Gilbertson's 27 career wins in net already represent the highest figure in school history.

Sophomore forward Tammy Unsworth (White Lake/Walled Lake Northern) notched Ferris' lone goal in Tuesday's loss to Calvin. The 5-1 Unsworth currently ranks second among Ferris' goal-scoring and points leaders this campaign with three goals for six total points.

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.

Freshman forward Lauren Donaghy (Suttons Bay/Traverse City West) recorded her first collegiate points with a pair of goals in Sunday's triumph over Wheeling Jesuit. Her final goal, which was the last marker of the contest, came in unassisted fashion.

Freshman midfielders Kirstin and Kacie Lumley (Traverse City/Central) along with sophomore midfielder/defender Michelle Young (Williamston) all started for the first time versus Calvin.

Ferris returns 12 letterwinners and seven starters from last season.

Last Sunday's outing against Wheeling Jesuit marked the first-ever series' matchup between the two schools. Ferris' seven goals versus Wheeling Jesuit tied for the second-most scored in a single outing in school history.

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 under former head coach Melissa Lalonde, who concluded her three-year tenure with a 31-21-2 overall record.

The Bulldogs will travel to West Virginia this weekend (Sept. 9-10) for a pair of non-league encounters at Concord and Charleston. Both schools are members of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC). FSU visits Concord Saturday, Sept. 9, for a 4 p.m. (EDT) tilt in Athens, W.Va. The Bulldogs will then square off against Charleston Sunday, Sept. 10, starting at 1 p.m. (EDT) in Charleston, W.Va.

FSU and Concord will square off for the first time ever on Saturday. Concord holds a 2-2 overall mark to date heading into Saturday's encounter. The squad is coached by Steve Barrett. CU was 12-10 overall last campaign and posted a 7-1 mark in the WVIAC.

Ferris holds a 2-0 series' edge over Charleston heading into Sunday's meeting. The Bulldogs registered a 6-0 home victory over Charleston in the first-ever meeting between the two schools in 2004 (9/25) at Big Rapids. FSU then recorded a 3-1 road win last campaign (9/11/05) in Charleston, W.Va. The Golden Eagles are currently 1-2 overall heading into Wednesday's (Sept. 6) non-league road outing at Marietta (Ohio) and this Saturday's (Sept. 9) non-conference home outing versus Grand Valley State. Todd Diuguid is the Golden Eagles' head coach.