Last year, Alleman went down to Quincy and denied the Blue Devils a share of the Western Big Six conference title.
It took until the second half, but Quincy found the goal it needed to keep this year's title hopes alive. Senior Callie Lambert scored the game's only goal, burying a corner in the 60th minute to give the Blue Devils a 1-0 win Tuesday at the Alleman Athletic Complex.
"It was definitely sweet revenge," Lambert said. "Coming in, knowing they took the title away from us last year was definitely a momentum-pusher. It really helped us get through the game and pushed us to the final end."
Quincy (6-5-3, 3-0) remains tied atop the Western Big Six with United Township, but with 10 starters back from last year's team, the Blue Devils expected to be competing for a conference title.
Alleman made them earn this win.
The Pioneers (4-5, 1-2) played tight with the physical Blue Devils throughout the match, giving plenty of positives to draw on from a team that continues to improve with each game, and something that hopefully carries over into their match with Iowa Class 1A No. 1 Assumption on Thursday.
"This was absolutely our best game, even though it's a loss," Alleman coach Randy Bollman said. "Playing like that against them, it was a lot of back and forth and we kept a lot of the ball, that's good stuff ... I said nothing but positives after the game to them. Hopefully they take that, as soccer players you like to see egos so hopefully the egos grow a little bit."
Megan Tanghe made nine saves in net for the Pioneers, helping keep the Blue Devils from capitalizing on their 10 shots on net.
"She steps up," Bollman said. "She obviously creates a lot of comfort for our back line which allows them to play more relaxed. Even though she's a freshman, she's playing extremely well."
Now that Quincy avenged last year's loss to the Pioneers, it turns its sights to winning a conference title. To get there, however, the Blue Devils have to now beat the two teams that shared it last year, Moline and United Township.
"Coming here, knowing the team and the quality opponent we're going to get in Alleman, then building into Moline, who has always given us fits, and then UT, who is playing fantastic right now ... props to the coaches in this league because they really do get their kids prepared," Quincy coach Travis Dinkheller said. "Each day, we know we're going to have to bring our 'A' game to be ready to roll."