Bulldogs Set To Host Program's First-Ever Conference Tourney Match

Bri Borgman Bri Borgman and the Bulldogs will host Northern Michigan in first-round GLIAC Tournament play this Tuesday at 2 p.m.

The Ferris State University women's soccer team will host a first-round match in the 2008 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Women's Soccer Tournament this Tuesday (Nov. 4) as the Bulldogs take on the Northern Michigan Wildcats in Big Rapids, Mich.

The tournament-opening match is slated for a 2 p.m. (EST) start time at the FSU Varsity Soccer Field on the Ferris State campus.

Ticket prices are $5 for adults, $2 for both students with ID and children, and those children ages two and younger will be admitted free of charge.

The Bulldogs, under third-year head coach Neathan Gibson, enter the postseason tourney as the fourth seed while Northern Michigan (11-8-1 overall; 7-6-1 GLIAC) is seeded fifth. The other first-round conference tourney matchup to be held this Tuesday (Nov. 4) pits sixth-seed Findlay (6-10-1; 5-8-1 GLIAC) at third-seed Saginaw Valley State (8-8; 8-6 GLIAC).

Grand Valley State (19-0; 14-0 GLIAC) and Tiffin (13-4-1; 9-4-1 GLIAC) both earned first-round byes after concluding the 2008 GLIAC regular season schedule with first and second-place finishes, respectively.

The teams will be reseeded following this Tuesday's opening-round matches with the semifinals and finals to be held this Friday (Nov. 7) and Sunday (Nov. 9), respectively. The start times for the two semifinal matches are 12 p.m. (EST) and 2:30 p.m. (EST) while the championship match will take place this Sunday (Nov. 9) at 1 p.m. (EST). The number-one seed will serve as host of both semifinal matches and the championship contest.

Ferris State, which is presently 8-8-1 overall this season and produced a fourth-place tying 7-6-1 GLIAC record, was victorious in its two regular-season meetings against Northern Michigan this fall. The Bulldogs registered a 1-0 victory over the Wildcats (Sept. 21) in Marquette, Mich., and then notched a 3-0 home decision (Oct. 12) in Big Rapids. FSU has currently won three of its past four matches to date.

A season ago, Ferris qualified for the conference tournament and dropped a 3-2 decision at Saginaw Valley State (Oct. 30) in University Center, Mich.

This Tuesday's GLIAC Tourney match represents a historic one for FSU women's soccer program as the Bulldogs are hosting such a match for the first time in the program's 10-year history. Women's soccer became a varsity sport at Ferris State with the start of the 1999 season.