Cobras Open Regional Play With Dominant Win

October 31st, 2012

The #6 Parkland Volleyball team kicked off the Region 24 tournament against the Warriors of Rend Lake College, and they cruised to a 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-8) win.  The victory books a spot in the Regional Semi-Final on 2:00 Saturday, with the Cobras hosting the final four this season.  They will play the winner of the match between Illinois Central College and Lewis and Clark Community College.  It was win #40 on the year for the talented Cobras but they have much bigger aspirations for this successful season.  Click below for full coverage of this match as Brian Schutte is joined by newcomer Roman Hamilton.


Cobras Finish Off Regular Season With Win

October 27th, 2012

The Cobra Volleyball team finished off their regular season with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-9, 25-22) over the East Central College Falcons.  Parkland concludes the season with a overall record of 39-7 as they approach the Region 24 tournament opener against Rend Lake.  Parkland will be hosting the Regional Tournament this year and all Cobra postseason games can be heard live right here on


Volleyball Wins Matchup of Top Ten Teams

October 27th, 2012

The #6 Parkland College Volleyball team cruised to a three set win over the #8 Trailblazers of Vincennes University by the scores of 25-18, 25-18, and 25-22.  The Blazers front line did a nice job at the net but the Cobras proved to be too tough as the win moves Parkland to 38-7 on the season, with one more match before the upcoming Region 24 Volleyball tournament.  Click below for the call of the match up between nationally ranked opponents.


Womens’s Soccer Ends Season With Semi-Final Loss to Heartland

October 25th, 2012
The Parkland College Women's Soccer team gave 100% effort and more on Thursday afternoon but fell to top-seeded Heartland in the Region 24 Semi-finals.  PC and HCC battled for 90 minutes and 2 ten minute overtime periods only to see their match still tied at 1.  The match would then go to penalty kicks where the Hawks, shooting first, would knock home all 5 of their attempts to win the game and advance into the Regional 24 Finals.
Playing in warm but very windy conditions, the Hawks would break on top first at the 36 minute mark as Anne Rowell floated a free kick just out of the reach of PC goalie Meaghan McLennand to make it 1-0.  The game would remain that way until late when Amanda Stoll put the ball in the back of the net off a deflection with just 5:18 left to play to tie the match.
HCC would have the wind in the opening ten minute sudden-death period but the Cobra defense stepped up once again and denied the Hawks a chance to score.  PC would get the wind in overtime #2 and it looked like they might get the win when Priscila Azuaga appeared to beat goalie Danielle Koncious, but a Hawk defender was able to recover in time to keep the ball out of the net and deny the Cobras the winning goal.
Still tied after 110 minutes of play, the match moved on to penalty kicks with Heartland shooting first.  After burying their first shot in the back of the net, PC's Casey Miniard would also make her shot to tie it at 1.  After HCC made it 2-1. Koncious would stop freshman Kelsey Nystrom's goal to give the Hawks the cushion they would need. Two HCC players and PC's Alex Radue and Priscila Azuaga would all make their next two shots to keep the margin at one. With HCC leading 4-3, they found the back of the net one more time to seal the win and end the Cobras season at (13-3-1). The win was the Hawks 13th straight, 11 of them by shutout.
Heartland (13-2-1) moves onto host Kaskaskia (14-3) at noon on Sunday for the Region 24 title. Kaskaskia advanced into the title game with a win over Southwestern Illinois. That match was also decided on penalty kicks as they too were tied at 1 after two overtimes before the Blue Angels won 4-1 on kicks.  Heartland beat KC earlier this season 3-2 in two overtimes.  The winner of the Regional will host St. Louis CC  for the District title on Saturday November 3rd with a trip to Nationals at stake.

Parkland Women Pick Up Big Playoff Win

October 21st, 2012
A combination of an aggressive offense and pesky defense helped keep the Parkland Women's Soccer alive in the Region 24 playoffs as the Cobras knocked out  the defending champions Lewis and Clark 3-0 on a warm breezy Sunday afternoon in Champaign.
PC grabbed the lead in the first half as Priscila Azuaga converted a penalty kick to give the Cobras a 1-0 lead. The margin would stay at one until PC would answer with two goals in a five minute span in the second half to put the game away. Alex Radue made it 2-0 as she knocked home a goal on an assist from Kelsey Nystrom. Just moments later the two would connect again as this time Nystrom scored with Radue getting the assist. PC out shot the visitors 15-5 on the afternoon as both goalies came up with key saves.
The win moves the Cobras into a Thursday afternoon showdown with top-seed Heartland. Parkland will enter the game with a (13-2-1) record while the Hawks, winners of 12 straight, are (12-2-1). The two teams fought to a 1-1 tie back on September 6 at Parkland.

Women’s Soccer End Regular Season With Lopsided Win

October 17th, 2012

The Parkland Women's Soccer team exploded for six second half goals as they cruised to an 8-1 win over visiting Trinity Christian University. PC received two goals each from three different players as they out shot the visitors 35-5 on the afternoon.

Michelle Smith got the scoring started at the 25 minute mark as she found the back of the net on an assist from Sabrina Kelch. Trinity would tie the match 34 minutes into the half and the match appeared headed for a 1-1 tie at intermission before Mandy Stoll scored with just 16 seconds remaining on an assist from Alyssa Drollinger.

The first 18 minutes of the second half would see PC get several scoring opportunities but no goals.  That would soon change as the Cobras would score 6 times in the next 25 minutes to put the game away.  Priscilla Azuaga made it 3-1 on an assist from Kylie Amick. Amick would also get the assist on the next goal, as Stoll scored for the second time just one minute later.

Alex Radue would score her first goal of the contest, an unassisted goal at the 71 minute mark and would pick up her second 87 minutes in, as Stoll assisted. Kelsey Nystrom wrapped up the scoring adding two goals of her own in the final 12 minutes. Radue assisted on Nystrom's first goal and Stoll capped an awesome day assisting on the second, giving her two goals and two assists on the afternoon.

Parkland finished the regular season with a record of (12-2-1) while Trinity dropped to (7-4) with the loss.  Parkland will begin Region 24 play this Sunday when they host rival Lewis and Clark CC starting at noon. The winner will advance to the semi-finals at Heartland on Thursday Oct 25 while the loser will see their season come to an end.


Mens Soccer Picks Up Nice Win at Lincoln

October 15th, 2012

The Parkland Men's Soccer team picked up an impressive win on Saturday knocking off Lincoln Land 4-2 in Springfield. Although the victory did not effect the Cobras seeding for the Region 24 tournament, the loss dropped the host Loggers from the top seed down to the #3 spot.

After Lincoln Land would take a 1-0 lead at the 35 minute mark, PC answered back to tie it with just 56 seconds left in the half when Clayton Cottle put away a cross from Alonso Torres.  The Cobras would grab their first lead of the day at the 72 minute mark when Igor Guanaes scored on an assist from Jesus Morales.  Morales would then score a goal of his own with 10 minutes left and Torres made it 4-1 with another goal just three minutes later.  LLCC was given a penalty kick and converted on the opportunity in the final seconds to make it the final 4-2 score.

Parkland (8-6-1) will wrap up the regular season on Thursday when they play the UI Club team at 5:30 at Champaign Centennial High School.  The Cobras will begin Region 24 play next Saturday at noon when they travel to Lincoln College.

Two More Wins Puts Volleyball Win Streak at 27

October 15th, 2012

The #4 Parkland Volleyball team defeated #11 Kishwaukee Saturday morning (3-0) winning by the scores of 25-20, 25-15, and 25-14. Megan Casagrande led the offense again with 10 kills, Ally Krenz had 8 kills, and Shelby, Jenn and Alexis notched 5 kills each. Jordan Wooden and Emily Wilson each had 18 assists, and Jessica Galotta reigned in 16 digs in the match. It was the second 3-0 sweep of the Kougars this season.

In the fourth and final match of the weekend, Parkland faced an unranked (but solid) Southwestern Iowa team who came into the contest at 20-8 overall. The Cobras came out flat and dropped the first set, but they did what they've done all year and fought back to come up with the win (3-1) with scores of 21-25, 25-14, 25-13, and 25-12.

Shelby Geers had a double-double with 12 kills and 10 blocks. Ally Krenz also had 12 kills. Megan Casagrande and Alexis Clemons each had 9 kills in the match as well. Jordan Wooden had 23 assists and Emily Wilson had 19. Jessica Galotta had 17 digs and Megan Scharnett had 16 for the winning Cobras who have now won 27 straight matches and improve to (34-6) on the season.

Parkland will be off until next Friday and Saturday when they travel to Illinois Central. PC will play the host Cougars. Lake Land, East Central Mo. and Lewis and Clark in the two day event.

Parkland Women Fall for Only Second Time This Year

October 15th, 2012

The Parkland Women's Soccer team will now have a tougher road in the Region 24 tournament as the Cobras were upended on Friday by Kaskaskia 2-1 in Centralia.  The loss, only the 2nd on the season for the Cobras, drop them to (11-2-1 3-2-1) on the year and down to the #4 seed in the seven team Regional. PC will host perennial power Lewis and Clark (9-7-1 3-3) in the opening round on Sunday October 21st at Noon.  A win over Lewis and Clark would mean PC would have to go on the road to in the next two rounds to win the Region 24 title.

In Friday's defeat, the Blue Angels scored first as Marissa Burroughs connected on a goal just seven minutes into the contest. PC would strike right back just three minutes later with a goal by Amanda Stoll on an assist from Priscila Azuaga.  The match went to the half tied before KC's Chelsey Henrichs scored the game winner at the 65 minute mark. KC was able to keep the Cobras at bay over the final 25 minutes to secure the victory.

Kaskaskia (11-3 4-2) will now await the outcome of the result from Sunday's match between SWIC and Heartland. A Hawk victory would move them into the #2 seed while a SWIC win puts them at #3.

Cobra Volleyball Comes Out on Top to Keep Streak Alive

October 15th, 2012

The #4 Parkland College Volleyball team had to dig deep on Friday to keep their winning streak alive but managed to hang on for a hard fought 3-2 win over #10 Iowa Central. PC avenged an earlier 3-0 loss, in the first match of the season, to the Triton. This time it was PC who would prevail with a 25-21, 25-23, 21-25, 22-25, and 15-12 victory. Earlier in the day PC defeated Marshalltown Ia. (3-0) 25-11, 25-12, and 25-21.

When the Cobras met Iowa Central back in match 1 of the season, PC was filled with wide-eyed freshman battling a season Triton team. Nothing highlighted this more than freshman Megan Casagrande who failed to record a single kill in the match. 37 matches later the Cobras showed they have "grown up" and Casagrande came out with something to prove as she led PC with 16 kills.  Fellow freshman Ally Krenz had 8 kills and Taylor Wise added 7. The two freshman setters Jordan Wooden (28 assists) and Emily Wilson (22 assists) did an outstanding job of setting up the Cobra hitters.

Not to be outdone, the 4 sophomores dug deep and led PC to this great win. Shelby Geers had 5 kills and 8 blocks, Jessica Galotta had 6 kills, 2 aces and 12 digs, Dana Belcher had 4 kills and 11 digs, and Megan Scharnett came up with 15 huge digs vs Iowa Central's hard hitting outside hitters.

In the win over Marshalltown, Ally Krenz paced the offense with 8 kills. Megan Casagrande finished with 7, and Shelby Geers had 7 kills and 5 blocks. Jordan Wooden had 17 assists, and Emily Wilson had 10 for the Cobras.

The afternoon win over Iowa Central, the Cobras 25th straight, moves the Cobras to (32-6) while Iowa Central, winners of 18 of their last 19, drop to (25-9).  Saturday will be another challenge as PC squares off against #11 Kishwaukee at 8 am and an unranked but pesky Southwestern Iowa team at 10.

Parkland Volleyball Picks Up Another M-Wac Crown

October 10th, 2012

The #4 Parkland Cobras pushed their winning streak to 23 straight with a 3-0 win over conference rival Danville Area CC, winning by the scores of 25-9, 25-12, and 25-14. The win clinched the M-WAC championship for the Cobras, their 18th straight conference title, and earned them their 30th win of the season to improve their record to 30-6 over-all.  The match was played in front of a huge crowd on sophomore night and a special exhibition with members from the C-U Special Recreation group.

Middle hitters Shelby Geers and Megan Casagrande led the way offensively with 11 and 9 kills respectively without a single error for either hitter. Jordan Wooden had 18 assists and Emily Wilson had 13. The outstanding sophomore defensive trio led the back row defense with Jessica Galotta notching 8 digs, Megan Scharnett 7 digs and Dana Belcher 5.

The Cobras travel to Des Moines, Iowa this weekend for a tough 4-match tournament including matches vs #10 Iowa Central and #11 Kishwaukee College. PC lost to Iowa Central in the first match of the season and defeated Kish. in their only other meeting this season.


Parkland Women Blow Out Joliet

October 10th, 2012
The #15 Parkland Women's Soccer team scored just 1:25 seconds into the game and never looked back as the Cobras blitzed visiting Joliet 10-0.  Kelsey Nystrom scored the early goal on assist from Michelle Smith to start the scoring binge.  Amanda Stoll made it 2-0 at the 20 minute mark as Keren Sharabi picked up an assist and the Cobras would score two more times in the half as Alyssa Drollinger scored the first of her 3 goals on the afternoon on a feed from Sarah Kresca.  Breeanna Barraza scored an unassisted goal to wrap up the first half scoring.
In the second half, Drollinger added her 2nd goal at the 50 minute mark and then would score her third goal with just 15 minutes left in the match.  Becka Burgan made it 6-0 with Barraza assisting on the Cobras 5th and 6th goals.  Kelsey Nystrom and Amanda Stoll each notched their second goals of the match and Audra Krusz added a goal to round out the scoring.  Priscila Azuaga, Keren Sharabi, and Sabrina Kelch all picked up assists on second half goals as PC had their biggest scoring output of the season, eclipsing their previous high of 9 against Prairie State.
The wins move Parkland to (11-1-1) while Joliet drops to (7-6) ahead of a huge Friday afternoon Region 24 match at Kaskaskia (10-3). The two teams are fighting to be the #2 seed in the upcoming Regional Tournament.

Two Late Goals Propel Cobras Over DACC

October 10th, 2012

The Parkland Men's Soccer team battled rival Danville Area CC on Tuesday afternoon in Champaign and the Cobras struck late for a 2-0 win over the visiting Jaguars.  Strong westerly winds put scoring opportunities at a premium for the two teams as neither squad could get on the board in the opening half.

The second half was much the same until the Cobras were finally able to break the tie.  Mike Severino's corner kick bounced around near the goal before Ben Flodstrom's bicycle kick found the back of the net at the 75 minute mark.  Just eight minutes later, Jesus Morales took a quick free kick catching the DACC goalie off guard for a 2-0 lead.

The win moves the Cobras to (7-6-1) on the year and they will play their final Region 24 game of the regular season on Saturday when they travel to Springfield to take on Lincoln Land. The Loggers are the current M-WAC and Region 24 leader and will be hoping to nail down the top-seed in the upcoming Region 24 tournament.


Women’s Soccer Picks Up Tough Road Win

October 10th, 2012

Two of the top Women's Soccer teams in the midwest squared off with each other on Tuesday afternoon and the Cobras came away with an exciting 2-1 overtime win over St. Louis Community College in St. Louis.  After a scoreless first half, St. Louis would finally get on the board at the 79 minute mark when Brittany Russell scored to put the Archers up 1-0.  It looked like the Cobras might be headed for their second consecutive defeat but Priscila Azuaga scored off a corner kick with just five minutes left to tie the match and send it to overtime. Just three minutes into overtime it was Azuaga again as she scored the game winner with an assist to Kelsey Nystrom.

The win improved Parkland to (10-1-1) while St. Louis Community College saw their 10 match winning streak come to an end as they fall to (10-3-1).  PC will jump right back into action on Wednesday when they host Joliet Junior College (7-5) starting at 4:00.