Junior Midfielder Honored As League's Women's Soccer Player Of The Week

Junior midfielder Kristie Smilanich (Kalamazoo/Christian) of the 2006 Ferris State women's soccer team has been named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Player of the Week in an announcement made Tuesday (Sept. 5) by the league office.

Kristie Smilanich Smilanich's selection this week marks the first time a Bulldog player has received the award since former standout Jen Gaylor earned the honor near the middle of last season (Oct. 10).

The 5-6 Smilanich 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.

Last season (2005), Smilanich placed fifth among the squad's leaders with 14 total points on two goals and team-high 10 assists. Her 10 assists a year ago was the Bulldogs' second-highest seasonal figure in school history. As a freshman in 2004, Smilanich compiled Ferris' 10th-best single-season goal scoring effort with seven markers.

Presently, Smilanich ranks fifth all-time in points scored (39) at Ferris State. Her 14 goals also represents the school's fifth-best career mark to date while her 11 assists is tied for third on FSU's all-time leaders list.

Ferris State, which is currently 2-2 overall this campaign, will travel to West Virginia this weekend (Sept. 9-10) for a pair of non-league encounters at Concord and Charleston 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.