Cobras Go On Scoring Spree to Take Down Owens

August 31st, 2015

The Parkland Women’s Soccer team wrapped up a solid opening weekend as they routed the Owens CC Express 6-1 in Toledo, Ohio on Sunday afternoon. The Cobras scored three times in each half to cruise to the victory.


Catherine McHale once again got the Cobras on the board as she scored just nine minutes into the match on an assist from Leticia Rebello.  Brittany Johnson made it 2-0 Cobras as she converted a penalty kick at the 25 minute mark and Alyssa Jones made it 3-0 Parkland at the half, as she scored just four minutes before intermission on a pass from Ellie McKenzie.


McHale would score her third goal of the young season early in the second half as she put PC up 4-0.  Shante Tremblett scored her first goal of the year on an assist from Jones to make it 5-0 at the 70 minute mark.  Owens would break up the shutout with a goal with just 13 minutes left in the match but PC would score one more time as Kaljit Atwal scored with an assist to Bopia Travi with just under 10 minutes remaining.  PC out  shot the host Express 18-11 on the afternoon as both Cobra goalies were strong in goal. Jenna Ashley had 5 saves in the match while Kate Keller had 4. 


Parkland (2-0) will travel to Lincoln College on Tuesday for a 4:00 M-WAC match against the Lynx. The Cobras will open their home portion of the season on Sunday when they host Waubonsee CC at 1:00.

Women’s Soccer Opens Season With Upset Win Over #9 Monroe

August 31st, 2015

The Parkland Women’s Soccer team started the 2015 with a bang on Saturday as they stunned pre-season #9 Monroe Community College of New York 2-0.  Monroe hard started the season (2-0) with a pair of shutout wins but it was the Cobras who would post the shutout on Saturday at Owens CC in Toledo, Ohio. 

Catherine McHale got PC on the board at the 34:00 minute of the opening half as she scored an unassisted goal to put PC up 1-0.  The Cobras would make it 2-0 just 15 minutes into the second half as Alyssa Jones scored her first collegiate goal on an assist from McHale.  The Lady Tribunes would have their chances, out shooting the Cobras 24-9 on the afternoon but they could not find the back of the net as PC goalie Jenna Ashley had nine saves on the afternoon.

 The win moves the Cobras to (1-0) on the season and they will take on Owens (0-1) at noon on Sunday.


Cobra Volleyball Collects Two More Wins

August 31st, 2015

The Cobras returned to the court at Owens CC today for day 2 of the 30-team Owens Invite. PC had two ranked opponents in #16 Grand Rapids and #18 Oakland.

In the first match against the pair of Michigan schools, the Cobras swept the Raiders of Oakland 25-23, 25-17, 25-18 behind the offense of Sofi Kelemete with 10 kills. Lizzy Barnard and Miaya Peacock each had 8 apiece. Laura Gross and Kailey Kleinert shared blocking honors with 4 each, while Peacock led the back row with 22 digs and Madison Harpest had 17. Kell Lean (19 assists) and Jaime Johnson (14 assists) led the setting effort for the Cobras.

In the second match, PC came out fired up to face a consistent rival in Grand Rapids and never let off the gas in a 25-11, 25-10, 25-14 sweep which again highlighted all 16 active Cobras. Gross, Barnard and Peacock led the offense with 11, 10 and 9 kills respectively. Gross also notched 5 blocks while Kelemete had 4. Harpest collected 14 digs for the Cobras, and Johnson had 22 assists and 2 service aces in the match.

Parkland improves to 8-0 on the season and wraps up play tomorrow with two matches against Hagerstown (Maryland) and the hosts, Owens CC.

Men’s Soccer Competes Hard But Drops Home Opener

August 27th, 2015

The Parkland Men’s Soccer team would start the home portion of their schedule with a difficult matchup with Region 24 foe Lewis and Clark in town to take on the Cobras.  The Trailblazers would come out physical and control play in the first half.  They would get on the board when Markell Saddler would beat the Cobra defense and curl a shot around Parkland keeper Matt Sharman to take a 1-0 lead.  Parkland would get some opportunities but would head to the half with nothing to show for it.

Parkland would come out much more aggressive in the second half but it would be Lewis and Clark putting another one in the net on a beautiful header by Blake Cearns to make it 2-0.  The Cobras thought they had brought themselves back within a goal as Dan Musasa came of the bench and beat the Blazer keeper, only to have the goal taken back after a very late off sides call following a discussion amongst the officials.  Parkland would run out of time, as they would be shut out the remainder of the match. 

The loss drops Parkland to (0-1-1) on the year ahead of a weekend road trip to Ohio to take on Owens CC.    


Men’s Soccer Battle to Tie to Kick Off Season

August 24th, 2015


Parkland and Region 24 rival Southwestern Illinois College battled for 110 minutes on Sunday but the two teams had to settle for a 1-1 tie to start the 2015 season for both schools.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

The Cobras jumped out to the early leas as freshman Dominik Crawford connected on a PK goal with an assist from Jonathan Lukusa at the 33rd minute of the first half.  The game would remain 1-0 Cobras until 21 minutes into the 2nd half when the Blue Storm scored to tie the contest.

Both teams had early chances as the Cobras were awarded a penalty kick just 12 minutes into the match but Daniel Kadima’s shot was denied and Salar Samimi’s rebound attempt sailed over the bar from just six yards away.  SWIC also would have a penalty kick chance of their own but Cobra goal keeper Matt Sharman mad an acrobatic leg kick save to keep the game scoreless.  After Crawford put PC up 1-0 later in the half, Kadima’s shot from 25 yards out blasted off the cross bar.

SWIC tied the match after the break and the Blue Storm had a great chance to grab the lead but again Sharman was outstanding in goal, denying another penalty kick with a great leg save.  This outstanding play woke up the Cobras who controlled the game for the final 10 minutes or regulation but could not connect on a goal.  Neither team was able to muster much offense in the two overtime periods and the match ended in a draw.

Parkland (0-0-1) will open their home season against Lewis and Clark at 4:00 this Thursday afternoon in Champaign.



Volleyball Finishes First Weekend with Two More Wins

August 24th, 2015

Parkland volleyball concluded the Battle of the Dells tournament today with matches against a duo of Michigan teams.

In the first match, the Cobras defeated the Jets of Jackson CC 25-11, 25-18, 25-10. Sophomores Miaya Peacock and Rowan Crozier (Monticello HS) led the offense with 12 and 6 kills, respectively, and Crozier and Sofi Kelemete had 3 blocks each. Freshman Paige Griffith (Putnam County HS) had 14 assists and Laura Gross had 8 digs. PC also turned around the serving problems from day 1 to finish with a team total of 15 aces.

The second match of the day went in similar fashion as the Cobras defeated Mott CC 25-13, 25-13, 25-19. Setters Jaime Johnson (14 assists) and Kell Lean (11 assists) ran a well-distributed offense where Lizzy Barnard, Gross, Kelemete and Peacock had 8, 7, 6 and 6 kills, respectively. Peacock notched 13 digs for the match, and Kelemete and Gabby Pearl (Blue Ridge HS) had 4 blocks each.

The Cobras improve to 4-0 overall and take the week to get back to practice before leaving Thursday for Owens CC in Perrysburg, Ohio. PC will play 6 matches Friday-Sunday with action kicking off versus #19 Catawba Valley of North Carolina.

#1 Cobra Volleyball Starts Seson Stong at the Dells

August 24th, 2015

The preseason #1 Cobras kicked off their season this morning at the Battle of the Dells Tournament in Wisconsin Dells.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


In the first match of the year, the Cobras had to battle nerves and a feeling of pressure to overcome 19 service errors in defeating D3 NJCAA

#7 ranked Harper CC (IL) 25-22, 18-25, 25-16, 25-18. Sophomores Lizzy Barnard (Unity HS) and Miaya Peacock (Centennial HS) led the offense with an impressive 17 kills each.  Freshman middle Sofi Kelemete (Highland HS, Pocatello Idaho) led the block with 6 blocks, and sophomore libero Madison Harpest (Tri-Valley) led the back row effort along with Peacock with 8 digs each.  Freshman setter Jaime Johnson (Centennial HS) had an impressive 26 assists in just three sets of play while sophomore setter Kelly Lean (Upwey HS, Victoria Australia) notched 15.  Peacock also turned in 4 service aces in the match.


In the second match, PC found an outstanding rhythm and overwhelmed the defending NJCAA Division 3 national champions Madison College (WI) 25-14, 25-18, 25-17.  Barnard led the offense again with 10 kills while sophomore Hayley Gray (Watseka HS) had 9.  Kelemete again had a good blocking effort with 4 while fellow freshman Laura Gross (Schlarman) led the charge with 6.  Johnson notched 20 assists and Lean had 9, and Harpest dug 14 balls in the back row while Barnard had 11.  Freshman Courtney Moritz (Fieldcrest) helped secure the win with 4 straight service points in the third set to break open the set for the Cobras.


PC improves to 2-0 and faces a pair of Michigan teams on Sunday morning with matches against Mott CC (9am) and Jackson (11am) to wrap up the tournament