Soccer player

Big Rapids Cardinal footballer to perform at next level at Coe College in Iowa

BIG RAPIDS – Rebecca Allers is looking forward to a long playoff series with the Big Rapids soccer team.

Next, she looks forward to life in the college ranks.

Several BRHS athletes, including Allers, announced their college plans this week.

Big Rapids athletic Dawn Thompson introduced Allers at the Monday afternoon assembly in the BRHS Auxiliary gymnasium and made these comments:

“Rebecca is a dual-sport athlete who plays basketball and soccer. Over the past two seasons, she has racked up 12 goals and six assists. She was in every conference and every district last season.

“Rebecca has a bit of a reserve personality, but no one is going to top her or want to win more,” Big Rapids coach Curt Ray said. “His speed and agility as a midfielder make him one of the best in BR history. His leadership and work ethic helped the team compete in the Regional Championship last year.

Coe College is a four-year NCAA Division III college in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She contacted Coe through a recruiting service. She recently joined the school.

“I was looking at a few other out-of-state schools,” Allers said.

NCAA women’s soccer teams play during the fall season.

Compared to a year ago, “I’ve definitely become more physical,” Allers said. “I think I pass well and see the pitch well. I want to become more physical.

Big Rapids is at home Wednesday in tournament play. The Cardinals beat Kent City 3-0 in a CSAA tournament game on Monday with Allers scoring a first-half goal

“We’re playing pretty well,” Allers said. “Normally after half-time, we are a little better. We need to start faster.

Allers remembers how fun it was to make it to the regional finals a year ago and he wouldn’t mind seeing the Cardinal team go further this season.

“We just have to move the ball well and need communication,” Allers said.