Ferris State Soccer Wraps Up Winningest Regular-Season With Road Setback

Ferris State Soccer Wraps Up Winningest Regular-Season With Road Setback

Allendale, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's soccer team wrapped up the winningest regular season in school history with a 2-0 setback against two-time defending national champion and archrival Grand Valley State on Friday (Oct. 30) night in Allendale.

The Bulldogs held off the Lakers for 35 minutes, but GVSU's Gabriella Mencotti lit up the scoreboard first with 9:56 left in the first half to give the Lakers a 1-0 advantage. Marti Corby posted her nation-leading 13th assist on the season for the second-ranked Lakers on the goal when she fired a corner to Mencotti, who headed it past Ferris State senior goaltender Maddie Haustein.

Then, with 2:43 remaining in the half, Maddison Reynolds extend the Laker lead to 2-0 when she netted the second Laker goal in nearly a seven minute span. Reynolds found a turnover in the box and shot it past Haustein for the marker.

Ferris State went into halftime down 2-0, with Grand Valley State leading 17-1 in shots, including a 7-0 margin in shots on goal.

The Ferris State defense had a gutsy effort blocking shots while Grand Valley State carried much of the play in the contest. The Lakers held a 34-3 edge in total shots in the contest, with a 13-1 mark in shots on goal.

Haustein took the loss and made 11 saves on 13 shots in a strong effort between the pipes for the Bulldogs.

Despite the setback, Ferris State finished as the league regular-season runner-up, which is the highest conference finish in program history. Ferris State broke school records for most wins, longest winning streak, longest unbeaten streak, most shutouts in one season and consecutive shutouts during the 2015 regular season campaign.

With the loss, Ferris State moved to 13-4-1 overall on the year. FSU finished conference play with a 9-2-1 overall record.

The Bulldogs have clinched a quarterfinal-round home contest for next week's GLIAC Tournament and will host an opponent to be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at either 5 or 7 p.m. (ET). The match will be played at the Big Rapids High School Soccer Field with complete details to be announced following the conclusion of league regular-season play later this weekend.

FSU is also presently listed sixth in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Rankings with the top six teams at the conclusion of league tournament play earning bids to the NCAA-II Tournament. 

Stay tuned to FerrisStateBulldogs.com for additonal information regarding Tuesday's quarterfinal as it becomes avaialble.