Ferris State Soccer Picked #17 In United Soccer Coaches Preseason National Rankings
Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's soccer squad has earned recognition as one of the country's top 20 teams heading into the fall 2022 season as the Bulldogs were listed 17th in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason National Rankings unveiled today.
The Bulldogs, who captured their first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament Championship last year, were one of three league member schools found in the national preseason top 25 along with top-ranked and defending national champion Grand Valley State in addition to preseason #24 Saginaw Valley State.
Overall, behind GVSU in the poll included the College of Saint Rose (#2), Dallas Baptist (#3), Lenoir-Rhyne (#4) and Seattle Pacific (#5) in the top five overall. No other school from the Midwest Region outside of GVSU, FSU and SVSU was featured in the preseason top 25.
The Bulldogs, who also reached the NCAA Tournament a year ago after capturing their first postseason championship in program history, will embark on a challenging 18-game regular-season slate, which includes nine home contests at the Bulldog Soccer Field.
Ferris State will open its regular-season action on the road with a pair of regional road tilts the first weekend. FSU visits Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) member Maryville on Aug. 25 before making a return back to Michigan to face former in-state league foe and a Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) opponent in Northwood only three days later on Aug. 28 in Midland.
The Bulldogs then open a four-game homestand on Sept. 2 as FSU entertains another G-MAC school in Ashland, which advanced to the NCAA Tournament last year. Two days later, FSU takes on Walsh from the G-MAC on Sept. 4. As part of the home contest on Sept. 4, the Bulldogs will hold a GLIAC Championship Ring Ceremony and present members of the 2021 squad with their title rings.
The Bulldogs posted a 15-3-4 overall record last fall, which included a second-place 9-2-4 conference mark. In additon to capturing the program's first-ever GLIAC Tournament Championship, the Bulldogs stopped eventual national champion Grand Valley State's 14-year title streak and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history.