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 Tuesday, July 29, the 210th day of 2014. There are 155 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men. 1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78. 1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.