Plymouth’s Bolland to play at Creighton


ELIZABETH BOLLAND, Plymouth senior, signed a letter of intent Feb. 3 to play Division 1 women’s soccer at Creighton University. Joining Bolland at the signing ceremony are her parents (front row) Wendy and Dave Bolland, and previous coaches (back row, left to right) goalie trainer Pat Gafney, PHS junior varsity coach Rommy Herrera, PHS varsity coach Brad Feick, and North Shore United coaches Nick Martinez and Sinisa Angelovski. – Photo by Jamie Piontkowski ELIZABETH BOLLAND, Plymouth senior, signed a letter of intent Feb. 3 to play Division 1 women’s soccer at Creighton University. Joining Bolland at the signing ceremony are her parents (front row) Wendy and Dave Bolland, and previous coaches (back row, left to right) goalie trainer Pat Gafney, PHS junior varsity coach Rommy Herrera, PHS varsity coach Brad Feick, and North Shore United coaches Nick Martinez and Sinisa Angelovski. – Photo by Jamie Piontkowski PLYMOUTH – Plymouth High School senior Elizabeth Bolland signed a letter of intent Feb. 3 to play NCAA Division I women’s soccer at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., beginning this fall.

A signing ceremony was held at the school, with coaches, school officials, friends and family, including her brother Michael via FaceTime, in attendance.

“I’m super excited [about playing at Creighton]. I can’t wait,” said Bolland who will be receiving a partial academic and athletic scholarship at Creighton.

“They have a really good academic reputation and they have a good soccer program. My main goal is to work as hard as I can and work at earning the No. 1 goalkeeper spot. Coming in, I’m second string now.”

Ross Paule, the Bluejays’ head coach who took over last fall, is very high on Bolland.

“Elizabeth is a goalkeeper that we believe will challenge for a starting goalkeeper role,” said Paule.

“She has a great attitude, work ethic, and big upside to her as a goalkeeper because she has all the tools to make the game-winning saves, routine saves and lead our defense by commanding the [goalie] box.”

Bolland was named to the All- Eastern Wisconsin Conference first team as a junior goalkeeper in 2015. The team voted her one of three captains as well as Most Valuable Player last season.

Bolland made 53 saves and surrendered only 10 goals in 12 EWC matches last year. She posted three league shutouts. For the overall season, Bolland had 82 saves and allowed only 23 goals in 21 matches.

Her parents, Dave and Wendy Bolland, thanked her coaches for developing her soccer skills and serving as good role models.

“We’re very proud of her and we’re very grateful,” Dave Bolland said.

PHS head girls soccer coach Brad Feick said Bolland is a great soccer player and it will be fun to see her continue to progress at the Division I level.

“She’s a unique player as she has contributed to Plymouth’s success not only as a goalie but as a field player as well,” said Feick.

“As a coach, I knew that I could count on her commitment to work hard at every practice and be a model for her teammates. Because of her command of the goalie box, she gave her teammates confidence.”

Creighton is in the Big East Conference in which Marquette University is also a member. The Bluejays finished last season 2-7 in the conference and 10-10 overall.

The Bluejays will be looking to improve this season as they welcome a strong recruiting class of 12 players, including Bolland.

Bolland, who hasn’t decided on a college major yet, explained what she needs to work on to prepare for college soccer.

“I need to play at a faster pace, be stronger and improve on 1-on-1 against a forward,” she noted.

“I need to gain strength for my legs for goal kicks and the arms for throwing and catching.”

Bolland won’t be able to play her senior season at PHS this spring because she is training three days per week with goalie coach Nick Vorberg in order to get ready for college play. Vorberg is a goalie for the Milwaukee Wave professional soccer team.

Bolland said it was a hard decision to not play soccer for PHS but thinks the training with Vorberg will help her a lot.


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