Big Rapids, Mich. – The Ferris State University women's soccer team bolted out to a big first-half lead and cruised past Northwood by a 4-1 score on Tuesday (Nov. 3) in only the program's second-ever postseason home contest at the FSU Soccer Field.
The second-seeded Bulldogs topped the seventh-seeded Timberwolves in the quarterfinals of the GLIAC Tournament to advance to the league semifinals this Friday (Nov. 6). FSU will face third-seeded Ashland on Friday in Allendale starting at 4 p.m. (ET).
The Bulldogs got off to a torrid start as they scored only 8:18 into the contest when sophomore midfielder Rachel Fouts found senior forward Casey Shauman on an indirect free kick inside the box for her fourth goal of the season.
FSU added another goal at 17:05 of the first half when freshman defender Carley Dubbert netted her fifth goal of the season on a pass into the box by junior defender Meredith Smith to put Ferris State up 2-0.
Shauman added her second of the day at 22:02 of the first half when Dubbert dangled a defender on the sideline before finding senior midfielder Abby Meirndorf, who touched it up to Shauman. Shen tore away from a set of defenders to make it 3-0 in favor of the Bulldogs.
Senior forward Nichole Boehnke crossed up the Northwood goaltender with a low shot with 56 seconds remaining in the first half to make it 4-0 going into the break.
Northwood's only marker came when Jessica Flores scored her seventh goal of the year on a rebound chance in the 72nd minute of the contest to cut the Ferris State lead to 4-1.
The Timberwolves outshot the Bulldogs 25-24 overall in the game, but Ferris State held an 11-9 edge in shots on goal.
Senior goaltender Maddie Haustein made eight saves on nine NU shots while the Timberwolves played three different goaltenders who combined to make seven saves on 11 Bulldog scoring chances.
Third-seeded Ashland defeated sixth-seeded Michigan Tech to advance to face the Bulldogs in Friday's semifinals. The victory required penalty kicks after a 1-1 game that went two overtimes. The Eagles won 5-3 in the shootout.
Ferris State was sixth in the most recent in NCAA Midwest Regional Rankings with Ashland directly behind them at seventh in the region.