Ferris soccer players reporting to practice

BIG RAPIDS —  The Ferris State University women’s soccer squad will begin preparations for the 2019 campaign as FSU officially reports for the start of fall preseason workouts on Sunday.

The Bulldogs, who were picked second in the GLIAC Preseason Poll, will hold their first practice and training session on Monday in Big Rapids following initial testing and official check-in activities.

Along with the normal preseason practices, the squad will also participate in several scrimmages before camp comes to a close. Team meetings, presentations and conditioning are also part of the various scheduled preseason activities.

The 2019 season will represent Ferris State’s 21st season of intercollegiate competition. FSU is currently picked 12th in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Division II National Rankings.

A new era begins for Ferris State women’s soccer this fall as first-year head coach Greg Henson takes over a program coming off its most historic season in school history.

Ferris State finished the 2018 season ranked 10th in the country in the final United Soccer Coaches National Rankings. The Bulldogs wrapped up the campaign with a school all-time best 17-4-3 overall record en route to a NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen finish. Ferris State was also the runner-up in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season and made the program’s first appearance in the GLIAC Tournament Championship game.

Last year’s No. 10 national ranking was the highest in school history as the Bulldogs made a run to the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship match as one of the nation’s final 16 teams in the national tournament. The Bulldogs qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history and hosted the opening two rounds, winning their first two tournament games, all on an at-large bid.

A year ago, the Bulldogs shattered several all-time school records. Ferris State set records for most wins (17), fewest losses (4), highest winning percentage (.771), best road winning percentage (.818), longest winning streak (8), longest unbeaten streak (14), most goals scored (50), lowest goals against average (0.92), most goalkeepers to record a shutout in a single season (3) and tied the record for most shutouts in a single-season (9).

FSU, which returns the bulk of its roster this fall, will open the 2019 regular-season at home against Truman State (Mo.) at the Bulldog Soccer Field on Friday, Sept. 6, starting at 4 p.m.

 

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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