TISKILWA -- The Alleman girls' soccer team took care of business early on Tuesday to begin its postseason run.
Sophomore Emily Bollman scored 11 seconds into the Class 1A Princeton Regional semifinal contest with fourth-seeded Spring Valley Hall. The quick goal -- tied for the fifth-fastest score in IHSA history -- set a trend in top-seeded Alleman's 10-0 victory at the Tiskilwa Soccer Pitch.
"I asked the girls to come out hard and strong to try and put the game away early," Alleman coach Randy Bollman said. "They did that for the first five minutes, which was good."
By the sixth minute, the Pioneers (11-5-1) had built a 5-0 lead. Emily Bollman scored the first two in the first 90 seconds, extending Alleman's winning streak to five matches.
"I think to get the intensity up and to get us ahead really helped us to get into a position to keep going forward," said Emily Bollman, who completed the hat trick in the 11th minute. "When we have possession in the attacking third, that's when we are at our best. We got them out of the game early."
Alleman senior Mary Kim Tadda had two goals and an assist. Andria Serra, Raven Wyatt, Hannah Standefer and Raquel Gonzalez were among the first-half goal scorers for the Pioneers. Ellie Mitton had the lone Alleman goal in the second half, that was shortened to 20 minutes because of the mercy rule.
"It was key," Coach Bollman said of the Pioneers' aggressive start. "We're not going to take anybody lightly in the playoffs. You just don't know what is going to happen. Most of them understand that this is the end of the season. You have to be at your best and you have to perform every time. If we can do this for six more games, I'll take it."
The Pioneers, who have recorded four consecutive shutouts, will meet either second-seeded Princeton or third-seeded DePue in Friday's championship match. Those two teams play their regional semifinal tonight.
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