Cobras Battle Through Semi-Final and Earn Birth in Region 24 Championship

October 27th, 2017

The Parkland College Men’s Soccer team outlasted visiting Lewis and Clark 2-1 on Wednesday afternoon to advance into the Region 24 finals. The Cobras (14-4) will take on the winner of tonight’s Illinois Central versus Lincoln game scheduled for 6:00 in East Peoria. If ICC wins, Parkland will travel to ICC for a 12:00 match on Saturday afternoon. If Lincoln wins, Parkland will host the Lynx on Saturday.

With the field extremely wet after the rains of the last three days, both teams struggled early on with their traction but it would be the Cobras who would strike first as Jesus Reina found the back of the net off a perfect pass from Zach Gowlett midway thru the first half.  Just over a minute later, PC committed a foul in the box and the Blazers were awarded a penalty kick.  L&C’s Rhys Saunders buried his kick into the bottom left corner to tie the match with 23 minutes left on the clock. Neither team could convert for the remainder of the half and the score remained 1-1 headed into the break.

Chances were few early in the second half until Chen Levine got around a defender and snuck the ball just past the Lewis and Clark keeper to give PC the lead again with 31:25 remaining. Parkland would control the action for much of the final 30 minutes as Lewis and Clark could not break free. PC finished the afternoon with twelve shots on goal to just four for the visitors.  Lewis and Clark ends their season at (11-5-1) suffering two 2-1 defeats at the hands of the Cobras. The loss also ended the Hall of Fame career of long time Lewis and Clark Men’s and Women’s Coach Tim Rooney who is retiring at the end of this season. Rooney ends his Men’s career after 31 years and a record of 409-225-34. His Women’s team is still alive however and will host ICC at 2:00 on Thursday. A win would put them in the Region 24 title game against the winner of tomorrow’s SWIC and Parkland match.  Rooney, who started the Blazer Women’s program in 1993, has a record of 419-100-22 over the last 24 seasons.  His combined record for the two teams is an impressive 828-325-56. 


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.   


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.


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.


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.


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.