Preseason workouts underway for Ferris State women’s soccer

The Ferris State women’s soccer team finished the 2017 season with an 11-8 record. (Photo courtesy of Ferris State Athletics)

By Ferris State Athletics

BIG RAPIDS — The Ferris State University women’s soccer squad has began preparations for the 2018 campaign as FSU officially reported for the start of preseason workouts this week.

The Bulldogs, who were picked third in the GLIAC Preseason Poll, held 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.

A large bulk of the Ferris State University women’s soccer roster will return for the 2018 campaign with the Bulldogs also welcoming a large addition of prep signees to help further bolster an ever-improving lineup.

The 2018 season will represent Ferris State’s 20th season of intercollegiate competition.

Last fall, the Bulldogs compiled an 11-8 overall record under head coach Andy McCaslin while placing third in the GLIAC with a 6-3 league record.

Along with the third-place league finish, the Bulldogs also reached the GLIAC Tournament for the eighth consecutive year last season and earned the right to host a quarterfinal-round home contest. FSU narrowly missed receiving the school’s first-ever NCAA Tournament bid in 2017.

The Bulldogs’ returnees this fall include all-region honorees in sophomore forward Bri Rogers along with junior goalkeeper Grace Kraft. Both garnered 2017 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II All-Midwest Region laurels with Rogers also tabbed to the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association All-Region Second Team.

As a freshman last year, Rogers earned All-GLIAC First Team honors for the Bulldogs. She started all 18 games for FSU and finished with five goals and four assists for 14 total points, which included making a pair of penalty kicks and notching two game-winning goals.

The GLIAC’s Goalkeeper Of The Year, Kraft led the Bulldogs in net and earned first-team all-league accolades. Kraft picked up six victories during the regular-season and allowed only 14 goals in 1,084 minutes of action for an impressive 1.16 goals against average. She allowed a single goal or less in 10 of her 13 appearances while never giving up more than two goals in a contest a year ago.

Along with the two returning All-GLIAC First Team honorees, FSU also welcomes back a pair of All-GLIAC Second Team selections in senior forward Carley Dubbert and sophomore defender Maddie Dickens. Sophomore forward Mackenzie Dawes garnered All-GLIAC Honorable Mention recognition in 2017.

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