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Following recent injuries, the Alleman women’s soccer team had extra motivation as the playoffs kicked off on Tuesday night.
Alleman senior Regan Bowling scored twice as the Pioneers opened their Regional Class 1A with a 12-0 rout of DePue-Hall on Tuesday night.
The top-seeded Pioneers (14-2-1) had 11 different players scoring to advance to Friday’s regional final at Augustana College’s Thorsen-Lucken Field at 5 p.m. Alleman will face third-seeded Indian Creek, a 2-1 winner. on Mendota on Tuesday night.
Eighth-seeded DePue-Hall (0-11) was limited to just one shot on net.
In addition to Bowling’s two scores, Audrey Erickson, Abby Glackin, Kristina Johannes, Isabella Pena, Ava Brinkman, Gretchen Ellis, Meredith Maynard, Emma Kramer, Emma Shrake and Sofia Sanchez found the net in a contest that was shortened to 60 minutes.
Bowling had senior defender Chassity Colburn – whose season ended with an injury in training this week – in mind after the win.
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“We all work together, we all do it for her. I think that’s our motivation right now, it’s for the girls who are hurt,” she said. “Win, score for them. It’s something very tragic, but it definitely opens our eyes and allows us to work better as a team. We have new players filling new spots and I think it’s really good before the playoffs.
Freshman forward Carson Wendt also left the game in pain with a swollen ankle and had to be helped off the field.
Quick adjustment isn’t easy, but Bowling said the team is ready. There was a lot of production from a large sophomore class with several freshmen stepping up as well.
Bowling, a member of Black Hawk College football, said the recent injuries are scary and put things into perspective.
“You just have to get those nerves out on the pitch and play like we normally do,” she said. “You just can’t think it’s over after one game.”
Alleman coach Chad Hollmer said it hurt to lose Colburn, a senior leader and captain committed to play at the University of Illinois at Springfield.
“It’s awful, to be honest. We’ve all felt that and wish we could do something now,” he said. “We just have to support her. … We’re playing pretty well honestly and she’s one of those.” main reasons. It’s hard.”
Alleman crashed in the regional final last year in class 2A. Back in 1A, the Pioneers can win their first regional title since their two consecutive victories in 2018 and 2019.
“I really think we’re prepared for whatever comes our way,” Bowling said, “just going into every game being strong, coming in hard and hoping for the best result.”
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