MOLINE -- Alleman girls soccer coach Randy Bollman called Tuesday night's effort his team's best game of the season.
The Pioneers' best was not quite good enough against perennial Western Big Six powerhouse Quincy High School.
Alleman fell 1-0 to the Blue Devils in a tightly contested match. Neither squad managed to bang home a goal until midway through the second half when Quincy senior Callie Lambert launched a shot out of a scrum in front of the net that was set off from a corner kick.
It was the only blemish for Alleman goalkeeper Megan Tanghe. The freshman kept her squad in the match as Quincy (6-5, 3-0 WB6) attempted to extract revenge from the Pioneers, who kept them from claiming a share of the conference crown last season.
"It was definitely sweet revenge," Lambert said. "Knowing they took the title away from us last year was really a momentum pusher. It really helped us get through the game, and it's what pushed us to the end."
"She stepped up," Bollman said of Tanghe. "She creates a lot of comfort for our back line to play more relaxed. Even though she's a freshman, she's playing extremely well."
The Pioneers (4-5, 1-2 WB6) took this loss as a positive, according to Bollman. Standing toe-to-toe with a tough Class 3A opponent will help his team's confidence, he said.
It was the Blue Devils' fifth game in the past seven days. QHS coach Travis Dinkheller said his squad has logged 20 hours on a bus in the past 15 days to play Western Big 6 schools. Dinkheller pointed to that hectic schedule as a reason squad's play was a little more rough in the match, including earning three yellow cards.
"It was a little physical than I expected, to be honest," Dinkheller said. "Some of it was tired legs. We played last night. Now, we get a week off until we play Moline on Tuesday. Some of the physicality came from us getting tired legs and being reactive."