Boonville senior Allie Dowling knew exactly where she wanted to play the next-four years in soccer.
After signing a national letter of intent with Hannibal-LeGrange University in Hannibal, Missouri, Dowling said she chose this particular school because it’s a small college and a Christian college.
While playing either center back or wing back the last-three years for the Boonville Lady Pirates soccer team, head coach Tim Brown said Dowling is an extremely competitive and powerful defender and a team leader.
“Allie has started nearly every varsity match in those three years as a back,” Brown said. “Depending on the makeup of the team, she may move up in the formation. She is one of the fiercest strikers of the ball of any lady soccer player I know.”
With one goal and two assists during her tenure on the Lady Pirates soccer team, Dowling said the highlight of her career, although she still has one season left, is being part of the first team from Boonville to get second at districts.
Dowling also picked up several post-season honors in her three-year career for Boonville while earning second-team all-conference one year and all-district two years running.
Of course to play at the next level, Dowling said she will have to work on dribbling the ball in a new position. “I want to play a new position and be successful at it,” Dowling said, “and then I want to play for a national championship at Hannibal-LeGrange.”
While Dowling’s job as a center back or wing back was to protect the goal and don’t let anything past her, she said scoring her first varsity goal and then getting to celebrate with a hug from Brittany Perry in the game against Montgomery County was probably her best game.
Although Dowling finally settled on Hannibal-LeGrange, she said Coffeyville, Kansas along with Johnson County CC and CMU were also schools that she looked at to play soccer.
“Tim Brown and Jimi Barbarotta were probably the biggest influences on me in soccer,” Dowling said.