Pugh Give Cobras Late Push over ICC

October 9th, 2017

Johnny Pugh scored twice in the final minutes to help the Parkland Men’s Soccer team to an unlikely 3-2 rally over Illinois Central College. The win, along with Lincoln College’s loss to Heartland, earns the Cobras a 3rd straight Midwest Athletic Conference title. 

Playing in windy and wet conditions, the Cobras appeared destined to lose as they trailed 2-0 with just under 8 minutes remaining before Pugh got the Cobras on the board as he drilled a free kick into the back of the net with 7:31 left.  Chen Levien would tie the match just three minutes later as he picked up a loose ball in front of the Cougars net and got the ball by the keeper for a 2-2 tie. Just 26 seconds later, Pugh would take a feed from Henrique Santiago and pick up the game winner as his shot eluded the ICC goal keeper. The Cobras were able to hold on over the final four minutes that saw some rough play which resulted in a player being ejected from both teams.

The win moves Parkland to (11-3 6-1) with a game tentatively scheduled against the UI Club Team this Wednesday.  Illinois Central drops to (7-7 and 4-3).  The Cobras have three matches left in the regular season including two big Region 24 matches at Heartland on October 14 and Southwestern Illinois on October 17.   

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Cobras Cruise in Second Half as they Take down Cougars

October 9th, 2017

The Parkland Women’s Soccer team outlasted both Illinois Central and extremely windy conditions Saturday as they blanked the Cougars 5-0 in Region 24 play. The win moves PC to (6-5-1 2-1) while ICC falls to (6-7 1-3).

The Cobras spent the first half playing into a fierce 20-25 miles per hour wind with occasional gusts over 30 and found the ability to get off a shot very difficult. In fact ICC had 5 shots to just one for the Cobras until the final five minutes when the Cobra offense came alive.  Beatriz Pinheiro worked her way past the ICC defender off an Alexis Warren assist to score the first goal with just four minute 4:08 left until halftime. Just two minutes later PC would score against at Nomi Veldt connected off a Marissa Barria pass.

The Cobras were a confident group in the second half as they held a 2-0 lead and now had the wind at their backs. It didn’t take long as just eight minutes after the break. Breanna Merchant blasted a long free kick into the top of the net for a 3-0 lead.  Four minutes later, Pinheiro would score again with Barria picking up her second assist.  Barria would wrap up the scoring as she also sent a free kick into the back of the net at the 67 minute mark. Rachel Lee picked up the victory in goal as the Cobras recorded their fourth shutout victory of the season.

PC will be back in action on Tuesday when they host Indian Hills CC of Iowa (8-2-1) starting at 4:00.

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Big Region 24 Win for Cobras Over ICC

September 28th, 2017

The #2 ranked Parkland Cobras hosted #6 ICC tonight and the Cobras swept the Cougars 25-16, 25-19, and 27-25. Fia Willis notched 16 kills and 15 digs, Alivia Dew had 12 kills and 3 blocks, and Eloise van Velthooven had 11 kills and 9 digs. Bailee Dunne led the defense with 21 digs Middles Gabby Morrow (4 kills on 4 attempts and 2 blocks) and Gillian Jones (2 kills and 4 blocks) helped keep the ICC offense off-balance all night while setter Leah Anderson and her 40 assists did the same to the defense.

Parkland improves to 27-1 over-all while ICC falls to 14-4 on the season.  The Cobras travel south on Sunday for PC's final two Region matches vs Frontier and Lincoln Trail.With two wins, the Cobras wrap up the important 1 seed for the Region 24 tournament starting at the end of October.

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Cobras Win Sixth Straight after Blanking Heartland

September 24th, 2017

Outstanding goal keeper play from Elijah de los Santos and an opportunistic offense, helped lead the #16 ranked Cobras to a 5-0 win over rival Heartland. The win, Parkland’s 6th straight, moves the Cobras to (7-2 4-0) while the Hawks drop to (5-5 1-3).

The early part of the match was controlled by Heartland as they pounded the Cobra keeper with 4 shots that resulted in three outstanding saves and another off the right post. However it was the Cobras who would strike first as Jesus Reina calmly knocked his shot by the Hawk defender off an assist from Henrique Santiago. Just six minutes later Tanner Kidwell connected, with Daniel Silva earning the assist, as PC took a 2-0 lead. That would be the Parkland lead at the half despite being outshot 8-5. 

The Cobras kept their two goal margin for most of the half as the game became much more of a defensive struggle. After a scoreless first 30 minutes of the second half, PC would erupt for three goals in a six minute span to put the contest away. Zach Gowlett slipped one into the net off a pass from Chen Levien to get the run started and Levien would get a goal of his own as he perfectly placed the ball into the upper left corner of the net off a free kick. Just two minutes later, Kidwell would score his second goal of the afternoon as Gowlett earned the assist.

PC won despite being outshot 11-10 on the afternoon as de los Santos was the difference in goal as PC picked up their fourth shutout win of the season.  The team will be back in action this Monday afternoon when they host the JV from the University of Indianapolis starting at 4:00.

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Kidwell’s Overtime Goal Defeats Blazers

September 14th, 2017

Tanner Kidwell would bury the Blazers just 2:30 into overtime as Parkland takes down #17 Lewis and Clark 2-1.

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Rematch of Last Years National Final Goes Way of the Cobras

September 13th, 2017
The #1 ranked Parkland Cobras battled #7 Lincoln Land in a rematch of last season's national championship match, and while the first two sets were tight, PC earned the convincing sweep with an impressive 25-22, 26-24, 25-14 victory.
Fia Willis led the offensive effort with 18 kills. She also notched 10 digs and 2 blocks. Alivia Dew had another successful match with 11 kills and 2 blocks. Leah Anderson had 5 kills and 30 assists while Bailee Dunne led the defense with 19 digs. Eloise van Velthooven notched 4 kills, 10 digs and 2 service aces as well.

The Cobras improve to 16-0 overall and 2-0 in the M-WAC Conference. PC travels this weekend to Belleville, IL for four matches at the Southwestern Illinois College Invitational before heading to Godfrey, IL next Wednesday for another conference match-up with Lewis & Clark.

 

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Cobra Men Defeat Rival Lincoln

September 10th, 2017

The Parkland Men’s Soccer team scored two goals over a two minute stretch in the 2ndhalf Saturday, as they blanked rival Lincoln College 2-0 in a Midwest Athletic Conference showdown. The win improves Parkland to (4-2 2-0) while Lincoln drops to (3-2 1-1). PC is off until Thursday September 14 when they will host Lewis and Clark at 4:00. The #19 Blazers are currently (4-0) ahead of a Monday match against St. Louis CC and have outscored their opponents 20-2 so far this season.

On Saturday the two teams played an exciting first half despite neither team being able to score a goal. The Lynx had 7 shots on goal with two hitting the posts and two more being stopped by outstanding saves by the Cobra defense and keeper Lorenzo Giaretti.  The Cobras also had their chances but strong keeper player denied PC any scores.

The Cobras would begin to control the flow of the game in the second half and took advantage of A Lincoln foul in the box resulting in a penalty kick.  Chen Levien was awarded the shot and calmly got the ball into the corner of the net for a 1-0 lead.  Just two minutes later, PC would score again as the Cobras got behind the Lynx defense as Zachary Gowlett scored off an assist from Jesus Reina.  The Cobras would control the ball over the final 30 minutes to secure the win, Parkland’s third straight shutout this season.  Giaretti had 8 saves on the afternoon as PC out shot Lincoln 12-8 for the match.

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Cobra Volleyball Takes Down Lincoln in First Home Contest

August 30th, 2017

Parkland hosted M-WAC foe Lincoln College this evening. The Cobras brought a 4-0 record and Lynx 4-1 overall record into the contest, and PC prevailed in four sets. After breezing through the first set 25-13, some unforced errors and inspired play from Lincoln gave the Lynx the set and tied the match at 1-1 with a 27-29 second set. But Parkland regrouped well and played clean yet aggressive the rest of the way with 25-6 and 25-11 wins in sets 3 and 4.

The pin hitters for Parkland made the offensive damage tonight with Fia Willis (22 kills), Eloise van Velthooven (21 digs) and Alivia Dew (10 kills) consistently keeping the Lincoln defense off-balance. Leah Anderson notched a career high 54 assists, and Gillian Jones had her own career high with 8 blocks. Willis also notched 19 digs, Bailee Dunne had 18 and van Velthooven had 12. Maggie Sorenson served 3 aces while Anita Jenkins, van Velthooven and Willis had 2 apiece.

Parkland improves to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in M-WAC play. PC travels to Toledo, Ohio for six matches Friday-Sunday including three against 2016 National tournament teams in #4 Catawba Valley (NC), #13 Grand Rapids (MI) and D-1 #25 Wallace State (AL). First match is 10am EST Friday morning vs. Catawba Valley.

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Extra Innings Needed But Parkland Completes Sweep

April 22nd, 2017

Game 2: Parkland 7 Illinois Central 6 8 innings

Haley Ginger roped a one out double off the left field wall in the bottom of the 8th to drive home the game winner and give the Cobras the sweep. The game started out poorly for PC as ICC scored a pair of runs in the top of the 1st to grab the early lead. Brigette Belt’s sacrifice fly scored Ginger in the bottom of the 1st to cut the margin to one. The Cobras would grab the lead by scoring three times in the 2nd as they used three straight walks before a Maddy Shoemaker double drove in a pair and the third run came home on an Amber Tabeling walk. Parkland had just the one hit in the inning but walked six times off three different Cougar pitchers.

The game remained 4-2 PC until the top of the 6th when ICC scored a run to cut the lead to just one. Parkland would answer back as Ginger and Shoemaker both singled, moved into scoring position on a ground ball, and scored on a two run single by Catlin. ICC would not be denied however as they used three straight hits to start the inning to make the score 6-4 and plated two more runs via sacrifice flies to tie the contest. The Cobras did not score in the bottom of the 7th to send the game to extra innings.

With the international tie-breaker in place, ICC started the inning with a runner at 2nd and she moved to 3rd on an infield ground out. Relieve Lexie Black got a big strike out and then ended the inning with a another ground ball. PC would also start the inning with a runner on second but after a strikeout, Ginger roped a 1-2 pitch over the left fielders head for a game winning double. Ginger had three more hits in the finale as she went 6-7 on the afternoon with 3 runs scored. Maddy Shoemaker had two hits for PC who won despite getting out hit 12-6. Black (8-2) earned the win by working a perfect inning in relief of Catlin.

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Cobras Hold Off ICC for Game 1 Win

April 22nd, 2017

Game 1: Parkland 1 Illinois Central 0

The Cobras tossed their third straight shutout in the opener as Jaclyn Thompson pitcher her second gem in as many days to earn the win. Thompson (11-1) gave up just four hits while walking three and striking out three. Parkland would score the only run of the contest in the 6th as Haley Ginger led off the inning with a single but was still at 2nd with two outs after a strikeout and ground out. Sophie Catlin hit the first pitch up the middle for a single to score Ginger for the game winner. Thompson battled out of a jam in the 7th as the Cougars had runners on the corners with two out but she got the ICC lead-off hitter to fly out to center to end the game. Ginger paced the Cobra attack as she was a perfect 3-3.

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Parkland Run Rules Snappers for Sweep

April 10th, 2017

 Game 2    PC 8     SRC  0   (5 innings)

 Sophie Catlin now 7-4, threw a masterful 1 hitter, striking out 6 and walking 1.  PC opened the scoring up in the 2nd when Amber Tabeling singled and scored on Lauren Spelich's deep sacrifice fly to right center. The Cobras put four more runs on the board in the 3rd.  Maddy Shoemaker opened the inning with a walk and then with two outs, Brigette Belt got hit by a pitch.  Kyliegh Basham doubled driving in Belt and Shoemaker, Tabeling followed with a single, and Shelby Youngblood doubled driving in Basham and Tabeling. The Cobras closed the game out in the bottom of the 5th with three runs, as Shelby Youngblood, Spelich, and Ginger all drove in a run. Youngblood led the offense with three hits, 3 RBI, and Ginger, Basham, and Tabeling all collected two hits.  

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PC     014  03     8  10  1

 

 WP   Catlin      LP   Elizondo

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Cobra Softball Strikes Early Take Down Spoon River in Game 1

April 10th, 2017

Game 1    PC  6        SRC   1

 

The Cobras started game one off with two home runs in the first inning, one by Maddie Shoemaker and the other by Sophie Catlin, as  PC jumped out to an early lead. Three runs came in on the first inning home runs while the other scored on a Makenna Butcher double. In the 4th, Parkland added another run on Butcher’s second double of the day and she scored on Haley Ginger's single. The  final run was posted when Elissa Stewart reached on an error and scored on Ginger’s double.   SRC scored their lone run in the 6th on a double, wild pitch and an infield out.  Haley Ginger and Maddy Shoemaker both finished with  2 hits and 2 RBI, while  MaKenna Butcher had two hits and drove in one.  Jaclyn Thompson improved to 8-1 as she scattered 7 hits, while walking one and striking out 8.

 

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WP  Thompson      LP   Papenhause

HR---Shoemaker     Catlin  (PC)

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Cobras Bounce Back and Earn Split on Day

April 10th, 2017

Game 2: Parkland 2   Heartland 0

McCulloch was summoned from the pen in relief of Cobra starter in the 3rd inning and he was masterful allowing no runs on two hits to earn the win. Matt Zielonko drove in both Cobra runs as his infield ground out plated a run in the 4th and his 6th inning double scored the other.  

 

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Parkland Blows Late Lead Fall to Hawks

April 10th, 2017

Game 1: Heartland 7 Parkland 6

The Cobras jumped out to an early 4-0 lead scoring four times in the 2nd and after the Hawks cut the lead to one, scored two ,more times in the 7th to grab a 6-3 lead.

In the 9th, PC would go to their pen and neither Cobra hurler could find the strike zone as the two walked four hitters and hit three, resulting in four Hawk runs. Parkland could not rally in the bottom of the 9th as they suffered their first conference loss of the season. Jordyn Muffley had two hits and drove in a pair while Max Downs also had two hits. Brady Schanuel tossed seven strong innings allowing two earned runs while striking out 7. 

 

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Cobras Start Hot and Run By pima

March 24th, 2017

The Parkland Men came out firing on Friday, knocking down nine treys in the opening half, as they built a 51-33 half time lead on the way to a 104-90 win over Pima CC of Arizona. The victory improves the Cobras to (29-3) and they will take on Grand Rapids CC at 2:00 Saturday in the 5th place game.

After a couple of poor shooting performances, PC came out hot as they shot 54% in the opening 20 minutes, building an early double digit lead. The lead would grow to as many as 25 in the second half as PC took advantage of a pair of technical fouls to grow the lead to 66-41 with 15 minutes remaining. The second half would be a foul plagued affair with the two teams combining to shoot 50 free throws. Fortunately, PC would make 26-33 in the second half as the Aztecs could get no closer than 14 the rest of the way.

Four Cobras finished in double figures as Cornelius McIntosh led the way with 17 points and 7 boards, as he went 8-10 at the line. Terrion Howard was 3-3 in the first half from behind the arc and finished with 11 while Courtez Dixon and Jarret Olson each had 10 points. Luke Beesley added 9 points, 7 boards, and 3 assists while the trio of Joe Larry, Rhony Mouliom, and March Latham all had 9 points as well. Pima had six guys in double figures with Alize Travis pacing the attack with 18.

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