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. 


Cobras Blitz #9 Lewis and Clark

September 24th, 2016

Sophomore Ellie McKenzie scored four of the Cobras five goals on Saturday as the #12 Parkland Women’s Soccer team upended #9 Lewis and Clark 5-0 in a key Region 24 contest.  The five goal outburst was a surprise as the Cobras were (0-2-1) in their last three matches with Lewis and Clark and had been shutout in all three of those games. In addition, Lewis and Clark (7-1-1)  entered the match having allowed just two goals in their first eight games this season.


Saturday’s result was never in doubt as McKenzie twice beat defenders in the opening half to give the Cobras a 2-0 lead. The first goal came just 11 minutes in to the match while the second came just three minutes later off an assist from Alyssa Jones.  Any chance of Blazers rally was ended quickly as McKenzie would score again just four minutes after  the half and Dalia Santana made it 4-0 just a minute later. McKenzie would score her final goal at the 84 mark to put a final punctuation on the Cobra victory.


Cobra goalie Jenna Ashley had seven saves on the afternoon as she secured her fifth straight shutout.  Parkland out shot Lewis and Clark 11-7 on the afternoon.  Next up for the Cobras (7-0)  will be a Thursday afternoon game at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville. The Blue Storm is (4-3-1) so far this season. 


Another Sweep to End Day One of Parkland Invitational

September 23rd, 2016

Parkland def Muskegon 3-0 (25-12, 25-19, 25-18)


Cobras Open Parkland Invite Taking Down Rock Valley

September 23rd, 2016
#2 Parkland def Rock Valley 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-13)

#14 Parkland Blanks ICC

September 23rd, 2016

The Parkland Women’s Soccer kept up their winning ways Saturday as they routed visiting M-WAC foe Illinois Central 14-0. The Cobras built a 8-0 halftime lead and cruised to the victory. Shante Tremblett scored four consecutive goals over a ten minute span in the first half to pace the win. 


PC jumped on top at the five minute mark as Ellie McKenzie connected with Marissa Barria earning the assist. Barria would also assist on the Cobras second goal as Alyssa Jones connected three minutes later. From that point it was all Tremblett as she scored at the 20, 23, 24, and 30 minute mark of the half to build the lead to 6-0.  One of the goals was unassisted while Jones, Anna McHatton, and Brittany Johnson all earned assists on the other three scores. Ellie McKenzie scored her second goal of the afternoon a Dalia Santana pass and Santana would score a goal of her own late in the half with an assist to Sydney Mossman to push the lead to eight at intermission.


Mossman would open the scoring just two minutes into the second half as McKenzie earned the assist. Alyssa Jones would score her second and McKenzie her third as PC led 11-0 at the 57 minute mark.  Desitny Hudspeth would score the next two PC goals with Santana earning her 2nd and 3rd assists of the night. Bopha Travis scored an unassisted goal late to wrap up the scoring. The Cobras outshot the Cougars 39-4 on the afternoon.


Parkland (5-0 3-0) will step out of league play on Monday as they travel north to play Waubonsee CC (4-3-1) starting at 4:00 in Sugar Grove.


#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.


Parkland Gets M-WAC Win in Blowout

September 13th, 2016

 Parkland defeats Lincoln 17-0 to move to 4-0-0 on the season.

Goals: Martinez (6', Jones), Mckenzie (8', McHatton), Mossman (12', Barria), Martinez (13', Jones), Tremblett (20', Jones), Tremblett (25', Younker), Barria (29', McHatton), Travis (29', Hudspeth), Tremblett (31', Maddux), Tremblett ( 39', Santana), Tremblett (45'), Johnson (47', FK), McHatton (51', Jones), Mckenzie (52'), McKenzie (60', Travis), Hudspeth (68', Johnson), Younker (69')


Parkland Women Cruise by South Suburban

September 13th, 2016

Claire Younker scored the final three goals of the match, while Shonte Tremblett and Brittany Johnson each scored twice, to help lead the #18 Parkland Women’s Soccer team to a 10-0 win over visiting South Suburban.  The win moved PC to (3-0) while the Bulldogs fell to (1-3).


A day after a wild 2-1 double-overtime win, the Cobras made sure early the results of this match would be much different.  Anna McHatton got the Cobras on the board just four minutes in to the game as she found the back of the net off an assist from Shania Maddux.  Maddux would get her own goal just 40 seconds later as she connected from Ellie McKenzie assist to make it 2-0 after only five minutes of play.  Tremblett would get the first of her two goals at the 30 minute mark while Johnson would get her first just three minutes later. Dalia Santana and McHatton picked up the two assists as the Cobras took a 4-0 lead in to the break.


After a scoreless first ten minutes of the half, Tremblett would pick up her second goal as Marissa Barria earned the assist.  Ellie McKenzie scored Alyssa Jones found her open to make it 6-0.  Johnson scored on a penalty kick at the 68 minute mark before Younker would score the final three goals of the match, with Hannah Martinez and Destiny Hudspeth earning assists while the final goal was unassisted.


McHatton wins Game in 2OT with goal

September 13th, 2016

Anna McHatton knocked a loose ball, off a Cobra deflection, past the St. Charles goal keeper with 6:21 left in the second over time, to help the #18 Parkland Women’s Soccer team to a 2-1 double overtime victory over visiting St. Charles. The Cougars lost for the first time this season after entering the game with a (2-0-2) record including a 1-1 tie against nationally-ranked Lewis and Clark.


The Cobras jumped out on top in the first half as Shania Maddux scored with an assist to Demi Varygiannes at the 30 minute mark of the first half.  With under 10 minutes to go In the half, St. Charles would tie the match to send it even into the intermission. St. Charles would control the ball  much of the second half but they were unable to generate much offense.  Parkland looked like they might win the match with just two minutes left but the shot hit the left post and fell just short of the goal line and the game headed to overtime.


Parkland dominated the first extra period and had several chances to win the match but could not connect. In the second overtime it was more Cobras and after a scramble in front of the goal resulting in a missed shot, McHatton found the ball and placed it by the keeper for the Cobra victory.  Parkland finished the match with 16 shots on goal to just 5 for St. Charles.


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 Volleyball Opens Home Schedule With Win

September 7th, 2016

The #1 ranked Parkland Cobras volleyball team celebrated the first home match of the year with a 3-0 sweep of M-WAC foe Lewis & Clark CC 25-9, 25-8, 25-15.

The Cobras hit a blistering .545 on the evening with 45 kills. The balanced attack was led by Laura Gross (9 kills), Taylor Bauer and Alivia Dew (8 kills apiece), and Eloise van Velthooven (7 kills). Dew had a perfect hitting scoring 8 kills on 8 attempts. Sofi Kelemete had 5 kills and 5 blocks. Libero Virtuous Thomas notched 10 digs, and Jaime Johnson scored 5 aces, had 18 assists and 9 digs.

The Cobras improve to 11-1 (1-0) ahead of traveling to Cedar Rapids, Iowa for the Kirkwood CC Invitational this weekend. PC will face a quarter of Top 20 teams in #5 Johnson County (KS), #7 Central Nebraska, #13 McHenry (IL) and #16 Cowley County (KS). All four teams advanced to the 16-team field at Nationals in 2015 so it's expected to be the Cobras' toughest tournament of the season.