Parkland Continues Season With Trip To Nationals

November 5th, 2016

And in the final game of the day, the #4 Parkland Men (20-1) pulled away in the second half for a 3-1 win over #7 and previously unbeaten St. Louis CC.  Johnny Pugh put the Cobras up 1-0 before leaving with an injury and Carlos Martinez converted a second half PK and Patrick Kuanda knocked one home from deep as the Men earned their trip to Nationals. 


Parkland Wins First Even Region 24 Soccer Title

October 29th, 2016

Johnny Pugh scored twice in the first half and Matt Sharman was outstanding in goal, to help the #4 Parkland Men’s Soccer team to a 3-0 over defending Region 24 champion Lewis and Clark, earning the Cobras their first ever Region 24 title. The Cobras (20-1) will host the Central District Championship game next Saturday agains the winner of today’s Missouri championship between #7 St. Louis (17-0-2) and #23 Crowder (16-3).  The winner of that game will advance to the NJCAA D-1 Men’s Soccer Finals in Tyler, Texas.


Lewis and Clark controlled the game early and missed on a couple of golden opportunities over the first 20 minutes but failed to convert.  Meanwhile the Cobras were unable to get much going until Pugh calmly dribbled by a defender and knocked the ball past the Blazer goalie for a 1-0 lead.  Less than ten minutes later it was Pugh again as he found a cap in front of a crowd in front of the goal to give PC the two goal lead. The two shots were the Cobras only two shots on goal in the entire half.


Once again Lewis and Clark had several chances during the second half but this time it was Sharman who came away with several outstanding plays in goal to keep Lewis and Clark off the board. Jeremie Mafumba picked up a loose ball and scored his first goal of the season to give PC a 3-0 lead and some breathing room over the final 18 minutes. Parkland was actually the aggressor as the game wound down and held on for the impressive victory.


After the game, Parkland Coach Mark Sikora was named Region 24 Men’s Coach of the Year, Matt Sharman was named Keeper of the Year and was a 1st Team All-Region selection as was Johnny Pugh.


Parkland Advances to Region 24 Final

October 27th, 2016

Brittany Johnson scored early and Ellie McKenzie scored the Cobras final three goals to lead the #13 ranked and top-seeded Parkland Women’s Soccer team to a 4-0 victory over Kaskaskia, in a Region 24 semi-final. The win moves the Cobras (15-1) into the Region 24 Championship game on Sunday when they will host #14 Lewis and Clark (16-1-1). Lewis and Clark beat SWIC 3-1 in the other semi-final.  PC handed the Blazers their only loss of the season back on September 24 but L&C has won nine straight since that defeat. The two arch rivals met in last year’s Region 24 title game and Lewis and Clark came away with a 1-0 victory.


After a scoreless first twenty minutes which saw the Cobras fail to convert a penalty kick, PC finally got on the board when Brittany Johnson found the back of the net off an assist from Anna McHatton.  It looked like the Cobras would take that 1-0 lead into the break but McKenzie connected on two goals in a 90 second span to push the lead to 3-0 at the half. Shante Tremblett and Shania Maddux both earned the assists as they helped set up McKenzie for the two goals.


McKenzie battled past a couple of defenders to pick up her third goal of the afternoon with about 10 minutes remaining,  as Johnson picked up the assist. McKenzie, who is third in the NCJAA in goals scored and points, now has 34 goals on the season. Cobra keeper Jenna Ashley wasn’t tested often as PC outshot 23-2 on the afternoon including 14-1 on goal.   The shutout was Ashley’s and the Cobras 12th of the season.


Mens Soccer Opens Postseason With Dominant Win

October 22nd, 2016

Parkland pulled away from a 2-1 halftime lead to knock off Lincoln Land 7-1 in the Region 24 Quarterfinals. The Cobras (16-1) will host Lincoln College (9-4) at 2;00 Wednesday in one semi-final while ICC (13-3-1) hosts Lewis and Clark (14-5) in the other. The two winners will play next Saturday for the Region 24 title.


Parkland Soccer Records Another Shutout

September 29th, 2016

Johnny Pugh scored three times and added two assists as the #5 Parkland Men's Soccer team defeated Lincoln Land 7-0 in M-WAC and Region 24 action.  The win improves the Cobras to (12-0 6-0) while the Loggers fall to (2-8-1 0-6). Henrique Santiago also added two goals and an assist while Gesi Muharremi had a goal and an assist and Carlos Martinez's two assists.


Parkland got on the board early as Urbana's  Muharremi scored off an assist from Carlos Martinez. Still 1-0, PC picked up their second goal at the 30 minute mark as Patrick Kuanda found the back of the net on the first of Pugh's assist. The Loggers missed on their best scoring chance of the half with about a remaining and the Cobras capitalized on their missed chance as Henrique Santiago of Champaign scored with just 37 seconds before half with Muharremi getting the assist. 


Pugh earned his first goal of the contest 13 minutes into the second half as Daniel Silva picked up the assist. Midway through the half Santiago added his second goal and Pugh his second assist to make it 5-0 Cobras. Pugh would score twice in the final four minutes as Santiago and Martinez each earned assists. 


Parkland keeper Matt Sharman, this weeks NJCAA Men's Soccer Goalkeeper of the Week, picked up his 7th shutout of the season. 


Parkland will take some much deserved time off before playing again at Lincoln College on October 4. 


#5 Parkland Rolls Past St. Charles

September 23rd, 2016

The Parkland Men’s Soccer team scored three times in the opening 12 minutes Saturday as they defeated visiting St. Charles 5-1. Gesi Muharremi got the Cobras on the board just 5 minutes into the match as he scored off an assist from Josh Littlewood. Just two minutes later, Juan Garcia streaked by the Cougars defenders for an unassisted goal and a 2-0 lead.  At the 12 minute mark the Cobras made it 3-0 as Daniel Silva drove the ball past the goal keeper with Alex Zarco earning the assist. The Cobras would score one more time in the half as Johnny Pugh connected off a feed from Silva to make it 4-0 at the half.


Parkland would play a man down the entire second half after receiving a red card 12 seconds before the break.  Despite the disadvantage, Muharremi would score his second goal of the afternoon 79 minutes in to the match with Henrique Santiago picking up the assist.  St. Charles would score off a penalty kick with only one minute remaining to cut the final margin to 5-1 Cobras.


The victory moved #5 Parkland to a perfect (9-0) on the season ahead of a Tuesday night M-WAC showdown at Illinois Central in East Peoria. The #14 Cougars are (7-0) going into a Sunday match against #17 East Florida State College.


Cobras Stay Unbeaten Taking Down Lincoln

September 13th, 2016

The #10 Parkland Men’s Soccer team improved to a perfect (7-0 3-0) on the season as they held off a talented Lincoln College squad 3-2 in an M-WAC match in Champaign.  The Lynx are just (1-2 0-2) but lost this week  to both #10 Parkland and #18 Illinois Central by identical 3-2 scores.


For the second straight match, PC found themselves down early as Lincoln’s  Petor Kromah found the back of the net just 11 minutes in, to give the Lynx the early lead. Parkland would answer right back however as Alex Zarco connected with an assist to Johnny Pugh to tie the match just four minutes later. Scoring opportunities for both teams were limited for the rest of the half and the two teams went to intermission tied at 1.


The Cobras would quickly break that tie as Zarco and Pugh would connect again just five minutes in, to give PC the lead.  Pugh would extend the lead as he drilled a shot from the right side just five minutes later, after an Emmanuel Komaba feed, to give the Cobras a 3-1 lead with 35 minutes to go.  Lincoln would not go away and the Lynx’s Adrian Roman got one by the Cobra goalie to cut the lead to just one with still 22 minutes left on the clock. Lincoln would have a couple more scoring chances but keeper Matt Sharman was able to keep Lincoln out of the goal for the remainder of the contest.  Lincoln actually had 7 shots on goal for the match to just 5 for PC but the Cobras took advantage of their opportunities to stay perfect on the season.


Parkland Blanks Heartland for Win

September 13th, 2016

The Parkland Men's Soccer team jumped out to a 2-0 first half lead and kept up the pressure in the second half as they pulled away from Heartland for a 7-0 victory in the M-WAC opener for both teams. 


Gesi Muharremi scored the Cobras first goal as he connected off an assist from Tanner Kidwell to give PC an early lead. Alex Zarco would increase the lead to 2-0 as he found the back of the net midway thru the opening half as Carlos Martinez earned the assist. 


The pair would connect again early in the second half as Zarco scored his second goal to increase the margin to 3-0 just 10 minutes in. Heartland would have a player ejected due to a hard foul moments later and had to play the match a man down for the final 35 minutes. This advantage helped the Cobras to score four more times as they ran away from the Hawks.


Cobra defender Daniel White picked up his first goal of the season as his shot, off an assist from Johnny Pugh, put PC on the board again with 24:45 left.  Carlos Martinez added a goal of his own as he scored to make it 5-0. Another Cobra defender was not to be out done by White as Keenan Medding scored at the 81 minute mark off an assist from Henrique Santiago. Niles Smith rounded out the scoring just four minutes later with Santiago picking up his second assist. 


PC had 16 shots on goal in the match to just four for Heartland.  Parkland (4-0 1-0) will host the UI Club Team at Noon on Saturday. Heartland (1-1 0-1) will travel to Southwestern Illinois on that same afternoon. 


Parkland Men Make it Two Straight to Start the Season

August 27th, 2016

Parkland College would welcome the #12 Jefferson College Vikings to Champaign and take down the visitors 3-1.  Johnny Pugh would get the Cobra scoring going, and Parkland would take that 1-0 lead into the half.  Jefferson would answer to tie the game, only to see Gesi Muharremi score to get the advantage back for Parkland.  Josh Littlewood would finish the scoring as he would put one in from deep and just slip it over the Viking goal keeper.  The win moves Parkland to (2-0) on the season and will take on Maple Woods on Sunday at 2


Mens Soccer Dominate SWIC in Season Opener

August 24th, 2016

The ParklandMen's Soccer team got the 2016-17 school year off to an impressive start asthey routed Region 24 rival Southwestern Illinois College 9-0 in the seasonopener for both teams. PC jumped out to a 2-0 lead at half, and scored seventimes after intermission to blow open the match.  Seven differentCobras scored as PC had 15 shots on goal to just 4 for the Blue Storm.  Matt Sharman picked up the shutout in goal for the victorious Cobras.

FreshmanTanner Kidwell got PC on the board early as he connected for the Cobras firstgoal of the season on a pass from Patrick Kuanda just 7 minutes into the match.Kuanda would score a goal of his own at the 22 minute mark to give PC a 2-0lead. The Cobras substituted freely for the remainder of the half and settledfor the two goal lead at the break.

Parklandended any hopes of a SWIC rally as Kuanda connected with Johnny Pugh for a goaljust 35 seconds into the second half. Alex Zarco scored an unassisted goal justminutes later and Zarco fed Niles Smith, who found the back of the net to makeit 5-0 PC, with still over 30 minutes to play.

GesiMuharremi would celebrate his return to the Cobra Soccer program after missingthe 15-16 season by scoring Parkland's next two goals. The first unassisted andthe second on an assist from Henrique Santiago.  The Cobra were creditedwith a "team" goal for their 8th score and Carlos Martinez wrapped upthe scoring with his unassisted goal with just seven minutes left.   

The competition will get muchtougher for the Men this weekend when they host #13 Jefferson College at 4:00on Saturday. The Vikings (0-0) will open their season on Friday afternoon atSouth Suburban.  On Sunday the Cobfras will host MCC-Maple Woods. TheMonarchs (0-1) lost their season opener 2-0 to Coffeyville KS and will playHeartland at 2:00 on Saturday at Parkland. 



Cobras Advance in Close Quaterfinal

October 25th, 2015

Daniel Kadima scored on a penalty kick just one minute before halftime Saturday as the #3 seeded Parkland Men’s Soccer team knocked off #6 Lincoln Land 1-0 In opening round play of the Region 24 Tournament.  Kadima confidently slotted home his kick after Alex Zarco earned the PK. Matt Sherman had a strong game in goal with 9 saves on the afternoon for the  victorious Cobras. It was the third win of the year for PC over LLCC, all coming by one just one goal.


Parkland (11-5-2) will move on to the semi-finals and wait the results of tonight’s 6:00 game between #2 ICC and #7 Heartland. Lincoln Land’s season ends at (5-10).  If ICC wins, the Cobras will travel to East Peoria for a Wednesday afternoon match and #5 SWIC will go to #1 Lewis and Clark.  If the Hawks pull of the upset, the Cobras would host SWIC on Wednesday while Heartland would travel to L&C.  SWIC advanced on Saturday as well as they blanked Lincoln by a 1-0 score as well.


Scoring Spree Propels Cobras to Win

October 17th, 2015

The Parkland Men’s Soccer team scored five unanswered goals in a span of 13 minutes in the second half as they pulled away for an impressive 7-2 win over visiting South Suburban.

The Cobras got off to a good start as Brennen Crose converted 13 minutes into the match off a Salar Samimi pass. Aidan Reilly set up Daniel Kadima for the Cobras second goal at the 25 minute mark to make it 2-0. So. Suburban had several chances early but hit the cross bar twice and Cobras goalie Matt Sharman had a pair of outstanding saves. The Bulldogs finally got on the board as they cut the lead in half with a goal with just under 10 minutes left in the half.

Down 2-1 after the break, SSCC took little time to tie the match as they evened things up with a goal just seven minutes into the second half following a defensive breakdown by PC. From that point on it was all Cobras as Kadima slotted home his second goal of the afternoon after a pass from Feli Keti. Less than a minute later, Gustavo Giordani scored with Kadima earning the assist. Up 4-2, PC kept up the attack as Daniel Musasa threaded the ball though the Bulldog back line and Kadima calmly poked the ball pass the keeper for the hat trick. Alex Zarco scored the game’s most impressive goal in the 64th minute as he intercepted a ball and hit a volley from 25 yards out that flew by the goalie into the top corner of the net. Kadima added his second assist to go along with his three goals as Samimi’s header gave PC their final 7-2 margin.

Parkland improves to (9-5-2) and will wrap up the regular season on Sunday with a 2:00 match against the UI Club Team on International Student Day at the pitch. So.Suburban falls to (9-5-1) with the loss.


Cobras Clinch M-WAC with Comeback Win

October 14th, 2015

The Parkland College Men's Soccer team roared back from a 3-0 deficit on Wednesday as they rallied for a 4-3 win over visiting Lincoln Land, earning the Cobras an outright M-WAC title. The Cobras started slowly for the second consecutive match, falling behind the Loggers 3-0 after 28 minutes of the contest. From that point the Cobras caught fire and came back for the impressive win.


Down by three, Gustavo Giordani got PC back into the game as she scored off a nice pass from Alex Zarco.  Just five minutes later, Daniel Kadima scored a spectacular volley off an equally impressive cross from Dom Crawford.  With just over two minutes left in the half,  Feli Keti tied the match off a corner kick from Daniel Kadima. 


The Cobras controlled the second half and had numerous chances to grab the lead but it took until the final 10 minutes for PC to finally get their first lead.  Giordani hit a clean strike off an assist from Kadima for the game winner and a conference title.


The Cobras have two more regular season games left as they will host South Suburban at Noon on Saturday and the UI Club Team at 2:00 on Sunday.  Ironically, the Cobras (8-5-2) earned the #3 seed in the upcoming Region 24 Tournament and will play Lincoln Land (4-9) in their first game. Game time is set for Saturday October 24 at Noon.   


Late Goal From Olivet Takes Down Parkland

October 4th, 2015

The Parkland Men’s Soccer team failed to take advantage of numerous missed opportunities on Saturday as they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Olivet Nazarene JV. The Cobras outshot the Tigers 17-5 on the afternoon but several missed chances  doomed PC’s chance at a tie or win.


Playing without four regulars on Saturday for a variety of reasons, PC fell behind early as the Tigers converted on a penalty kick to make it 1-0.  Daniel Kadima had two excellent scoring chances but both balls hit hard off the cross bar and PC could not convert. Kadima finally did connect midway thru the opening half to tie the match, which is where it stood at halftime.


Taking advantage of the wind, Olivet grabbed the lead once again midway thru the half off of a header from a perfectly executed corner kick.   The lead wouldn’t last long though as Aidan Reilly calmly booted the ball into the upper left corner with just 19 minutes remaining to tie the match at two.   Unfortunately for PC, ONU would take the ball from end to end and slotted the ball perfectly into the corner to regain the lead with under 10 minutes to go.  It looked like PC would tie the match again but Feli Keti was denied on a great save by the Tiger goalie and his rebound shot sailed just wide of the post with only 7:30 left in the match.   PC would control the ball over the final five minutes but could not create another strong scoring opportunity.


Parkland falls to (7-4-2) while ONU JV improve to (7-1).  The Cobras will be off until next Saturday when they will travel to East Peoria to take on ICC at 2:00, in a key M-WAC and Region 24 showdown.


Cobras Stay Atop M-WAC Taking Down Lincoln

October 1st, 2015

The Parkland College Men's Soccer team played maybe their most complete match of the year on Wednesday as they routed visiting Lincoln College 7-1. The victory was the second this season for Parkland over Lincoln as the Cobras won 5-4 in overtime at Lincoln earlier this fall.  The win keeps the Cobras on top of the M-WAC standings with a one game lead over Illinois Central.   


Parkland dominated today's match from the start as Daniel Kadima opened the scoring after a clever pass from Gustavo Giordani.  Dominic Crawford made it 2-0 just four minutes later on a spectacular free kick from 25 yards out.  Feli Keti wrapped up the first half scoring as he scored off another Giordani pass.


The Cobras did not let up in the second half as Jonathan Lukusa scored two quick goals to extend the PC lead to 5-0 as Brennen Crose and Giordani picked up the assists.  Crose then added a goal for himself with Crawford providing the assist.  After a Lynx goal, Giordani added a goal of his own to his three assists, curling a low free kick past the keeper into the edge of the box. 


Parkland improves to (7-3-2 5-0-1) on the year while Lincoln drops to (5-3-1 2-3). PC hosts the Olivet Nazarene JV this Saturday at 11 am.