Parkland Finishes Regular Season With Win Over U Of I Club

October 19th, 2014
Manny Rios scored the game winning goal with just under 15 minutes remaining as the Cobra Men's Soccer team rallied for a 3-2 win over the UI Club Team in their regular season finale. 
 
Parkland found themselves behind 2-0 but Zach Allevi's header with just 42 seconds left in the opening half, off a ball from Jacob Sanders, sent the Cobras into the break down just a goal and with some much needed momentum. 
 
Scoring chances were few and far between for much of the second half and it looked like the Cobras had missed on their chance to tie the match when Rios shot was saved by the UI goal keeper with just under twenty minutes left. Instead the Cobras kept up the pressure and Gesi Muharremi tied the match just three minutes later as he connected after a perfect pass from Caine Huart. Rios then broke the tie only two minutes later and the Cobra defense would step up for the rest of the match to preserve the win. 
 
The Cobras (12-3) had 18 shots on the afternoon, 9 on goal, while the UI Club team had 9 shots, 6 on goal. Parkland will be off until Saturday October 25 when they will host Lincoln Land in the opening round of the Region 24 tournament. Game time is set for noon in Champaign.
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Cobra Volleyball Wins M-WAC Title

October 19th, 2014

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.

Cobra Volleyball Cruises in Straight Sets over Olivet Nazarene

October 15th, 2014

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.

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Parkland Women Clinch M-Wac with win

October 14th, 2014

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.

On a cool and damp afternoon it was all Parkland as McHale got on the board just four minutes into the match as Marie Lukusa earned the assist. The score remained 1-0 until McHale was fouled in the box with just five minutes left in the half. Emily Bushue drilled her penalty kick by the Hawks goalie to make it 2-0 Cobras at the break.


Any chance of a Heartland rally was shutdown quickly as McHale scored again in the opening 10 minutes of the half with Bushue earning the assist.     McHale would score her final goal of the match in the final minute on a pass from Ginyce Haywood to make the final score 4-0. The Cobras controlled the match from beginning to end, out shooting the visitors 20-5 on the day.


Parkland (12-3 5-1) will play their final regular season game of the year this Friday when they host the College of Lake County (8-5-1). Heartland who is also (8-5-1 5-1) will host Lake County on Saturday. 
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#5 ICC Too Much For Cobra Men

October 11th, 2014

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).

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ICC Blanked by Cobra Women

October 8th, 2014
The #18 Parkland Women's Soccer team picked up their second consecutive shutout as they blanked M-WAC rival Illinois Central College 4-0 on Wednesday afternoon in Champaign.
 
The (11-2) Cobras got on the board just 8 minutes into the match as Ginyce Haywood scored off a Catherine McHale assist to give PC the early lead. McHale would make it 2-0 as she scored at the 32 minute mark off a pass from Kaljit Atwal.  With just over a minute remaining in the first half, Anna Krehbiel would find the back of the net with an assist to Marie Lukusa at halftime.
 
The second half was played a much slower pace but the Cobras would still get on the board as Atwal scored an unassisted goal with just 15 minutes left to make it 4-0.  Parkland had 27 shots on the afternoon to just 8 for ICC.
 
Parkland will travel south to take on #6 Southwestern Illinois (9-0-2) on Saturday in a Region 24 showdown. Parkland would virtually wrap up the top seed for the Region 24 tournament win a win but would drop to 3rd with a defeat.
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Parkland Picks Up Conference Win Over Heartland

September 27th, 2014

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.

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Cobras Holds on For M-Wac win Over Lincoln Land

September 23rd, 2014
The Parkland Men's soccer team got back to their winning way tonight defeating conference rivals Lincoln Land Community College.
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.  

The win moves PC to (7-2 3-1) ahead of a M-WAC and Region 24 showdown this Saturday with Heartland starting at 1:00 in Champaign. 
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Parkland Finishes Unbeaten in Tourney As they Take Down Lake Land in the Finale

September 21st, 2014

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.  

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Parkland Cruises Over Johnson County in Battle of Top Five Teams

September 21st, 2014

The opponent to start Day 3 of the Parkland Invitational would be the talented #4 Cavaliers of Johnson County, and the Cobras would continue to cruise with a 3-0 win (25-20, 25-23, 25-23).  Although all three sets were competitive, Parkland would show why they are the #1 team as their versatile attack would pace the victory.

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Cobras Sweep Rock Valley to End Day 2 of Parkland Invitational

September 20th, 2014

Although the Golden Eagles of Rock Valley had been playing well this weekend coming in, they were no match for the Cobras as Parkland would sweep 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-15).  The Cobras will conclude their tournament with a couple of tough matches on Sunday as they will take on #4 Johnson County and Lake Land.

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Parkland Prevails in Tight Five Set Finish

September 20th, 2014

The #1 Cobras would start off Day 2 of the Parkland Volleyball Invitational with a tough match with #17 Muskegon, and the Jayhawks proved to be a formidable opponent.  After a close first set win for Parkland, Muskegon would charge right back and take the second to tie the match.  After a dominant third set put Parkland up 2-1, it would be the Jayhawks battling back again and forcing the decisive fifth set.  The Cobras would get out to a hot start in the set and withstood a Jayhawks run to hold on for the 3-2 win (25-23, 22-25, 25-9, 22-25, 15-12).

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Cobras Finish Day One of Invitational with Sweep

September 19th, 2014

Next up for the Cobra Volleyball team was a matchup with the Owens CC Express, and Parkland would continue to look impressive.  The Cobras would sweep Owens 3-0 (25-17, 28-26, 25-17) to wrap up day 1 of the Parkland College Invitational.  Parkland has two more matches on Saturday with a 1:15 match against Muskegon (MI) before playing the night cap versus Rock Valley.  

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Cobras Take Down Kirkwood to Open Parkland Invitational

September 19th, 2014

The #1 Parkland College Volleyball team would continue their trend of battling top ten NJCAA programs as this time it was the #7 Kirkwood Eagles on the other side of the net.  After dropping the first set, the Cobras remained calm and would cruise from there for the 3-1 (19-25, 27-25, 25-19, 25-23) final.    

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Two More Sweeps For Parkland Volleybal closes out Weekend

September 13th, 2014
The #1 Parkland Cobras volleyball team wrapped up the Cavalier Invite in Kankakee with two more 3-0 sweeps.
 
In the first match, the Cobras defeated Ancilla College of Indiana 25-13, 25-19, 25-9. Lizzy Barnard led the offense with 7 kills, Alayna Jackson had 6, and Teigan Flaws and Elise Dahlke had 5 apiece. Morgan Hickman and Madison Weldon had 12 assists apiece and Kelly Lean had 9. Madison Harpest scored 10 points on her serve while Hickman had 4 aces. Kaitlyn Hunt also had 11 digs for the Cobras.
 
In the second match, PC faced off with NAIA and four-year school Robert Morris University of Springfield. PC swept RMU 25-15, 25-10, 25-11. Lori VanBeek led the Cobras with 9 kills. Ayla Dew got her career high with 8 kills, and Maiya Peacock also had 5. Kelly Lean led the Cobras with 15 assists, and Madison Weldon had 14. Dew also had 10 service points and 3 aces while Weldon had 4 aces of her own. VanBeek had 5 blocks in the match.
 
Parkland improves to 18-1 and next face Lincoln College in Lincoln on Wednesday evening.
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