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.
Today is Thursday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder. 1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.