Senior Tallies Three Goals in Ferris State's 2007 Season-Opening Victory

Senior midfielder Kristie Smilanich (Kalamazoo/Christian) of the 2007 Ferris State University women's soccer team was selected as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Women's Soccer Player of the Week as announced Monday (Aug. 27) by the GLIAC office.

Kristie Smilanich Smilanich registered 10 points on four goals and two assists in Ferris State's 2007 season-opening two non-conference matches this past week (Aug. 24 & 26).

In the Bulldogs' 6-1 season-opening victory over Kentucky Wesleyan last Friday (Aug. 24) in Owensboro, Ky., Smilanich scored three goals to go with two assists and then accounted for Ferris' lone marker in a 2-1 non-league setback to Bellarmine last Sunday (Aug. 26) in Louisville, Ky.

The FSU captain presently leads the squad in points (13), goals (four), and shots on goal (nine) while tying for top team honors in assists with two total.

The 5-6 Smilanich also received conference player of the week accolades a season ago (Sept. 5) following a school-record tying four goals and an assist for a school-record nine points in a 7-5 home-opening decision over Wheeling Jesuit, W.Va. (Sept. 3).

A season ago, Smilanich totaled a team-leading 39 points and 18 goals which both represented program single-season records. Along with earning first-team All-GLIAC laurels, Smilanich achieved 2006 Daktronics NCAA Division II Women's Soccer All-America First-Team recognition and became the first-ever All-American in the program's eight-year history. Smilanich, who posted five multiple-goal games a season ago, also attained Daktronics All-Great Lakes Region First-Team kudos and was the recipient of the team's Attacking Player of the Year Award in 2006.

In 56 career matches, Smilanich has accumulated 77 points with 31 goals and 15 assists and trails only Emily Rogers (2000-03; 45-29=119) in all three statistical categories for the top honor on the program's all-time leaders list.

Ferris State, which is currently 1-1-0 overall this season, will entertain the Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars this Friday (Aug. 31) in its 2007 season home opener. Starting time for the non-conference match is 4 p.m. (EDT) and will be held at the FSU Soccer Field in Big Rapids, Mich. The match is the first of three straight home encounters for head coach Neathan Gibson's squad as the Bulldogs host Missouri-St. Louis this Sunday (Sept. 2) at 12 p.m. (EDT) and Quincy (Ill.) this Monday (Sept. 3) at 12 p.m. (EDT).