The Cobra Women would take the field in the Region 24 Semi-Final with a somewhat surprising win over Lewis and Clark in the regular season, only to see their season end with a 1-0 loss. The Trailblazers would bring a potent scoring attack to Champaign after leading the nation in scoring on the year, but they would run into a stingy Parkland defense that kept them in the match the entire way. The lone goal would come from the top scorer in the country in Miriam Taylor, with just under thirty minutes to go in the first half. The Cobras would regroup at the half and come out firing in the second, but were unable to score and see their season come to an end. The Cobra were not without chances as Ginyce Haywood would have her penalty kick saved by the Trailblazer keeper and Monica Armendariz would have a goal disallowed on a difficult off sides call. Parkland finishes their season at (14-4).
As the #1 Parkland Volleyball team prepares to wrap up their regular season this weekend, they would first welcome the #20 Cavaliers of Kankakee to Champaign for a midweek showdown of ranked opponents. The Cobras would prove they deserve the top spot as they would cruise to a 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-7) win over the Cavaliers. After Parkland concludes their final three matches over the weekend the focus will shift to the Rend Lake Warriors who will come to town next Wednesday to start the Region 24 tournament.
The lone goal of the match would come just 90 seconds in as Dan Hughey would get credit for the goal as the ball would deflect of a defender and take a wild spin on the bounce and into the top corner of the net. The Cobras would have their share of opportunities, the best of which Feli Keti would get a touch on a ball in the box that would hit the underside of the crossbar and come straight down, never crossing the goal line. Parkland would have a few more chances late but were unable to keep their season alive as they fall to Southwestern Illinois College 1-0 in the Region 24 Semi-Finals. The Blue Storm advance to take on #1 seed ICC Saturday in East Peoria. The Cobras finish their season at (13-4).
The Parkland College Women's Soccer team would come into the post-season as the #2 seed in the Region 24 Tournament and would host #7 Lincoln, and it was all Cobras as they would cruise to a 9-0 win. Parkland would control the pace throughout the match and were never really threatned as they would out shoot the Lynx 26-1 in shots on goal. It was a balanced attack as the Cobras would see goals from seven different players in the win. It sets up a highly anticipated showdown with Lewis and Clark for Thursday afternoon at 2:00 as the #2 seeded Cobras will welcome the #3 seed Trailblazers with a birth in the Regional Championship on the line.
The #1 Parkland Cobras volleyball team returned home on Thursday night and hosted two class-act guests in the Dodds Athletic Center. First, the Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation group joined the Cobras for a scrimmage highlighting the successes of the Mustangs (one of two CUSR teams). PC partnered with the Cobras' opponent for the evening, Lincoln Trail, in celebrating the Mustangs ahead of their State of Illinois Special Olympic matches this coming weekend.
The Statesman, a first year program, traveled to Champaign for PC's final region match of the season. The Cobras swept LT 25-3, 25-11, and 25-8. Teigan Flaws led the offense hitting .727 with 8 kills, and Kailey Kleinert had 6 kills and 5 blocks while Rowan Crozier also had 6 kills and 3 blocks. Madison Weldon delivered 12 assists while Kelly Lean and Morgan Hickman had 7 each. Miaya Peacock led the defense with 6 digs while also scoring with 3 kills and 2 service aces.
PC improves to 43-2 overall ahead of two matches this Sunday at Millikin.
The #1 Parkland Cobras volleyball team traveled to Springfield on Saturday for the Midwest Athletic Conference tournament where the Cobras had a trio of matches against Lewis & Clark, Lincoln, and Lincoln Land.
In the opening match, PC swept the Trailblazers of Lewis & Clark 25-15, 25-14 and, 25-14. Alayna Jackson led the offense hitting .875 with 7 kills and had 3 service aces while Kailey Kleinert and Teigan Flaws had 6 apiece. The Cobras hit a sizzling .370 as a team. Madison Weldon (12), Morgan Hickman (10) and Kelly Lean (8) combined for 30 assists in the match.
In the second match, PC swept past Lincoln College 25-9, 25-16, and 25-17. The Cobras again hit well as a team at a .355 clip with Lizzy Barnard and Jackson scoring on 6 kills apiece and Lori VanBeek, Hayley Gray and Flaws had 5 each. Kaitlyn Hunt had 14 digs, and Hickman had 13 assists while Lean had 10. Jackson also had a match high 6 blocks.
In the match to decide the conference championship, the Cobras fell behind early in the first set 8-3 before storming back behind 8 team blocks to win the first set 25-18. PC also took the next two 25-22 and 25-16 to win their 19th consecutive conference title. VanBeek had 9 kills, Jackson and Flaws had 8 each and Barnard had 7. VanBeek also had 7 monster blocks which greatly changed the aggressiveness of the Logger attack. Hunt had 10 digs, and Weldon (16) and Hickman (14) delivered 30 assists.
The top-ranked Cobras win the MidWest Athletic Conference championship with a perfect 6-0 record and push their overall record to an impressive 42-2 overall. PC next plays at home against Lincoln Trail on Thursday evening at 6pm. This match will also feature the Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation group playing between sets 2 and 3 and is Parkland Clubs and Organizations night at the match.
The Parkland Cobras would take the court in their first match since regaining the #1 spot in the national polls and would not disappoint as they would take three straight from Olivet Nazarene (25-16, 25-12, 25-11). The win moves the Cobras to (38-2) on the year as they await the Milikin JV squad to conclude the tri-match format.
Freshman Catherine McHale scored three times on Tuesday afternoon to help lead the Parkland Women's Soccer team to a 4-0 win over Heartland CC earning the Cobras a tie with the Hawks for the conference title. Heartland had beaten PC 1-0 earlier this season in Normal.
The Cobra Men came into today's match still with a shot at the top seed in the upcoming Region 24 tournament but #5 Illinois Central was too much for the Cobras for the second time this season, cruising to a 4-1 win. The Cougars would score three in the first half and take that lead into the half. Andres Chalbaud would bury a free kick in the corner of the net for the lone Parkland goal. Carson Gray would add one more goal for ICC in the second half to complete his hat trick on an impressive run down the left side. The loss drops Parkland to (10-3) on the year while ICC improves to (12-1).
The Parkland Men's Soccer team would take on M-WAC and Region 24 rival in the Heartland Hawks and for the second time this season, the Cobras would come out victorious over the Hawks. Parkland got the scoring under way in the first half as a great setup gave Jon Lukusa and open look from the left side and he buried it for a 1-0 Cobra lead. Parkland would score two more in the second half as Daniel Kadima and Brennan Crose would also tally goals, before Heartland would get a late score from Juan Marquez to make the 3-1 final. The win moves the Cobras to (8-2) on the season.
Parkland made a very bright start to the game and answered a lot of questions early, with Gracson Torres coming close after great work down the left side by Zach Allevi. It was Allevi who created the games only goal as he cut into the box and was hacked down for a penalty kick. Andreas Chalbaud stepped up and slotted the ball home. Parkland had several good chances as Jonathon Lukusa and Feli Keti caused problems for the Loggers defense but were unable to find the back of the net.
The second half was a much more even affair with Lincoln Land caming out with some high energy and came close to equalizing but Harry Rook made a fine save. Rook was called into action again late in the second half when a ball was flicked on at the near post at goal, Rook made the first save and was up quickly to make another fantastic save to keep his team in the lead. Parkland had a couple more chances late with Chalbaud and Lukusa coming the the closest.
Lake Land would come in with only two losses on the season, but were bit by the injury bug a bit as they could not keep pace with the Cobras in the 3-0 final (25-18, 25-11, 25-17). Parkland would finish the weekend a perfect 6-0 as they continue to flourish playing a tough schedule.