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Aiming for the Top

Bulldogs prepare for tough home openers

by Published: Sep 11, 2013

Looking for Victory: Ferris senior defender Amanda Foster looks for an open teammate during last season’s game against Northwood. The Bulldogs defeated Northwood in overtime and will look to secure a similar victory this season.  Torch File Photo

Looking for Victory: Ferris senior defender Amanda Foster looks for an open team­mate dur­ing last season’s game against Northwood. The Bulldogs defeated Northwood in over­time and will look to secure a sim­i­lar vic­tory this sea­son. Torch File Photo

The Ferris State University women’s soc­cer team is prepar­ing for tough oppo­nents with the next two home games against Madonna and Northwood.

In the 2012 sea­son, the Bulldogs won in over­time by a score of 3–2 against Madonna and won in dou­ble over­time by a score of 2–1 against Northwood.

Both match ups are expected to be close again this sea­son, with the Bulldogs ranked sixth in pre­sea­son polls.

“The pre­sea­son rank­ing def­i­nitely does not reflect the goals we are set­ting for our­selves this sea­son,” Ferris head coach Andy McCaslin said. “Although I think we should have been ranked higher, it is just another rea­son to come out hard and prove we are a top-three team.”

McCaslin and the Bulldogs faced off against Northwood in a pre­sea­son game on Sept. 8.

Before the game, the team hosted a fundraiser called ‘They Often Cry Outreach,’ which is a non-profit orga­ni­za­tion that has the objec­tive to sup­port and pro­vide com­mu­nity orga­ni­za­tions, youth pro­grams and under-funded pub­lic schools with soc­cer balls, equip­ment and other gear to encour­age chil­dren of all ages to engage in soc­cer pro­grams through­out the Caribbean.

The goal of TOCO is to encour­age chil­dren to choose sports over street vio­lence and drugs.

Bulldog fans brought new and old equip­ment (balls, shin guards, socks, cleats, etc.) to donate.

“We are hop­ing to help as many kids as we can,” Ferris junior mid­fielder Stephanie Garland said.

The Bulldogs are ready to prove them­selves this sea­son, not only against Northwood but against Madonna as well.

Ferris made it to the semi-finals of the GLIAC tour­na­ment last year, so they are expect­ing noth­ing less again this year.

The Bulldogs will face Madonna at 4 p.m. on Friday at home and Northwood at 1 p.m. on Saturday at home.