October 3, 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.
October 2, 2015
Sophomore Dom Knight fired a three-under par 67 on Friday to help give the Parkland College Men's Golf team the lead at the midway point of the Millikin Fall Classic at Hickory Point in Decatur. Knight has a three stroke lead over Martin Montagne of Illinois Wesleyan and is four strokes in front of a trio of players after the first 18 holes. The final 18 will tee off on Saturday morning about 9 am.
In addition to Knight's 67, PC received strong scores from David Gerig (74), Chris Tate (74), Christian Khachaturian (75), and Thomas Webster (75) for a team score of 290. The Cobras are seven strokes ahead of Webster University, nine ahead of Millikin, and ten in front of Illinois Wesleyan with 18 holes to play. Parkland is one of only two two-year colleges in the 12 team field.
October 2, 2015
The #1 Cobras traveled today to Vincennes, Indiana for a quartet of matches on the weekend against Michigan, Indiana and Ohio teams.
In the first of two matches today, PC swept Lake Michigan College 25-11, 25-8, 25-15. Lizzy Barnard led the way with 16 kills and 15 digs. Taylor Bauer notched 7 kills and 9 digs. Sofi Kelemete led the defense with 6 blocks. Courtney Moritz had 16 assists while Paige Griffith had 12 assists of her own.
The Cobras pulled off another 3-set sweep in their second match vs Cincinnati State 25-12, 25-11, 25-20. Laura Gross had 14 kills and Miaya Peacock had 11 kills and 14 digs. Lizzy Barnard and Hayley Gray had 7 kills apiece. Sofi Kelemete (6 blocks) and Madison Harpest (18 digs) led the defensive effort while Jaime Johnson (22 assists) and Kelly Lean (15 assists) did the setting work for the Cobras.
Parkland improves to 33-0 ahead of two more matches on Saturday afternoon against Vincennes and Kalamazoo Valley.October 2, 2015
For over 70 minutes, Parkland and Southwestern Illinois battled to a scoreless tie but a late surge over the final 18 minutes gave the #8 Cobras an important 3-0 Region 24 win over the Blue Storm on a cool and windy afternoon in Champaign. The first half was a back and forth affair with SWIC getting five shots on goal to four for Parkland.
The second half was a different story as Parkland had the wind in their favor and took advantage of the conditions controlling play for most of the half. The Cobras finally broke the tie as Shante Tremblett calmly kicked the ball past the Blue Storm goalie off a feed from Alyssa Jones with 18:02 left. Parkland kept up the pressure and just 8 minutes later, Catherine McHale blasted a ball into the top corner of the net from 20 yards out to give PC a 2-0 lead. Jones earned the assist again, her second of the afternoon. Two minutes later PC wrapped up the scoring as once again Tremblett would score off a Kaljit Atwal assist. The Cobras ended the day with ten shots on goal to seven for SWIC. Cobra goalie Jenna Ashley had 6 saves on the afternoon as she recorded her 5th
consecutive shutout and 9th
of the season.
Parkland (9-1-1 and 3-0-1 in Region play) will be off until Wednesday October 7 when they travel to East Peoria to take on ICC. A win would wrap up the Cobras second consecutive M-WAC title. SWIC (7-4 1-2)
will play ICC at home this Saturday in Belleville.
Oct 1, 2015-Men's Soccer
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.
Sept. 29-Women's Soccer
In a battle of the top and bottom teams in the conference, the Cobras wasted little time as they crushed Lincoln College 15-0 in M-WAC play Tuesday afternoon in Champaign. The Cobras scored 9 times in the opening
half and cruised to the win. The score was a repeat of Parkland's 15-0 win at Lincoln earlier in the fall.Catherine McHale got PC on the board just two minutes into the match and Brittany Johnson followed off an assist from Alyssa Jones just a minute later. Johnson, McHale, Jones, and Ellie McKenzie would each score two goals in the opening half with Kaljit Atwal adding the other.
Johnson scored the Cobras first and last goals of the second half to finish with four on the afternoon. McKenzie scored her third goal late and Shania Maddux got on the board with a pair of goals of her own after
intermission. PC out shot Lincoln 43-2 on the match as they improved to (8-1-1 4-0). Lincoln stays winless on the season as they drop to (0-10 0-4). The Cobras can win their 2nd consecutive M-WAC title with a win over either ICC or Heartland.
September 29, 2015
Parkland College emerged as the M-WAC Golf Champion on Saturday in the first year of the new “Ryder Cup” Format. The tournament was held at Belk Park Golf Course in Wood River and featured each school, with
three teams of two, in three different nine hole formats. The Cobras won the championship with a 27-hole total of 195, edging Illinois Central by 3 strokes, and host Lewis and Clark by 5.
The first nine holes were a scramble with each member of the twosome teeing off and each player hitting from the best shot. The second nine were a modified alternative shot with both players teeing off, but thenthe players alternating until the hole was completed. The final nine holes wereplayed “best ball” style with the best score from the group counting each hole. Parkland’s groups were Group A: Dom Knight and Josh Lamb, Group B:
Christian Khachaturian and David Gerig, and Group C: Chris Tate and Thomas Webster.
Lewis and Clark grabbed the early 9-hole lead as they shot a 62 to grab a two stroke lead over PC and three over ICC. Webster-Tate led PC with 31 while the other two groups both shot 33. Parkland would take control of the tournament over the next nine holes as they fired a 66 to grab the 18 hole lead by a stroke over the host Blazers. The duo’s of Lamb and Knight and Webster and Tate both shot 33’s to lead the way to the 66. The final 18 holes was a battle with ICC grabbing the lead after two of the threegroups scores were recorded behind their second group posting a 31. The Cobras would not be denied however as Knight and Lamb put up a 31 of their own, including birdies on the final two holes, to out score the pair they were matched up against by four strokes to secure the victory.
On the afternoon, Dom Knight and Josh Lamb had the best composite score (33-31-31 97) followed by an outstanding showing by Thomas Webster and Chris Tate who fired (98 31-33-34). Parkland will return to action next Saturday and Sunday when they travel to the Millikin Invitational in Decatur.
September 28, 2015-Women's Soccer
On a day where not a lot of things went right on offense, the Parkland Women's Soccer team battled to a 0-0 2 overtime tie with Region 24 rival Lewis and Clark. The Cobras entered the game as the #5 ranked team in
the NJCAA while the Trail Blazers came in a somewhat under rated #13, despite their lone loss being a one goal loss to the #1 team in the nation.
Lewis and Clark had most of the chances in the match as they had 29 shots to just 6 for PC, including a 15-3 edge on shots on goal. The Blazers also had 15 corner kicks to only 4 for the Cobras. Parkland goalie Jenna Ashley
was stellar in goal as she had 17 saves on the afternoon. The tie leaves PC at (7-1-1) while Lewis and Clark stands (10-1-2) on the year. The Cobras will be home on two occasions this week as they host Lincoln at 4:00 on Tuesday and take on Southwestern Illinois on Thursday,
in a match that could have a big impact on Region 24 seeding.
September 28, 2015-Volleyball
The Cobras had two more matches today to conclude the Johnson County tournament in Overland Park, KS.
In the first match, PC swept NJCAA D1 Barton College 25-16, 25-22, 25-14. Laura Gross hit .688 and had 11 kills while Miaya Peacock had a great offensive effort as well at a .467 clip and 8 kills. Jaime Johnson had 23 assists while Kell Lean notched 12. Lizzy Barnard and Madison Harpest had 11 digs apiece, and Kailey Kleinert collected 6 blocks.
In the second set, Parkland swept North Platte (NE) 25-15, 25-15, 25-12. All eighteen Cobras saw action in the match with Gross again registering 11 kills, Barnard had 8 kills and Taylor Bauer had 6. Sofi Kelemete had 5 blocks while Kleinert had 4. Johnson had 24 assists.
Parkland improves to 31-0 overall. The Cobras take the week to retool in practice on a few items before kicking off October with a tournament at Vincennes University (IN) on Friday and Saturday.
Sept. 28-Men's Soccer
After an extremely sluggish start and giving up the first goal of the match, Parkland Soccer regroup and dominated the last 75 minutes of the match, beating Heartland 6-1.
Heartland's Danny Burton scored the first goal after a Parkland miscue on the turf field. That would be the only goal that Matt Sharman (65 minutes) and Luke Dobbelare (25 minutes) would surrender.
Parkland finished the first half with two goals from Jonathan Lukusa and continued second half in the same manner, out shooting Heartland 15 to 2.
Parkland had second half goals from Keenan Meddings, Dom Crawford, Daniel Kadima, and Gustavo Giordani.
Parkland will continue conference play on Wednesday when they host Lincoln College.
The #1 Cobras traveled west to Overland Park, Kansas for two matches today vs NJCAA D1 Colby College (KS) and
#3 ranked and hosts Johnson County.
In the first set, PC struggled to find continuity as the mostly international line-up of Colby pushed the Cobras to a 25-23 PC win. The second set was a different story however as Parkland found its stride and took the second 25-10. And in the third, Parkland closed out the match 25-20. Laura Gross and Sofi Kelemete had 6 kills apiece while Kailey Kleinert and Lizzy Barnard had 5 each.
Kleinert had 6 blocks on the match and Gross rejected 5. Kelly Lean had 16 assists in the match while Jaime Johnson had 12. Madison Harpest had 12 digs and Miaya Peacock had 10 digs. Barnard and Taylor Bauer had 3 service aces each.
In the second match, it was a Top 3 rematch when the Cobras won in 4. This time, every set was pushed to the limit but PC prevailed each time 30-28,25-23, 33-31. Gross led the way with 14 kills while Peacock had 11. Kleinert led the blocking effort with 5 while Barnard had 4. Johnson (27 assists) and Lean (26 assists) set a great match, and defense came up big with Barnard securing 20 digs and Harpest had 18 digs.
PC improves to 29-0 ahead of two more matches tomorrow with NJCAA D1 Barton (KS) and D2 foe North Platte out of Nebraska.Sept. 26-Volleyball
The #1 Cobras went down to Godfrey, Illinois this evening for a region and conference match vs Lewis & Clark CC. The Cobras swept the Trailblazers 25-18, 25-19, 25-12 to remain perfect on the fall. The team rewarded Coach Cliff Hastings, who was celebrating his birthday on Thursday, with his 300th career win at Parkland. Hastings now has an amazing 300-40 record in six season at the helm of the Cobras.Laura Gross led the Cobra attack with 11 kills while Hayley Gray and Sofi Kelemete had 7 kills apiece. Kelemete led the blocking effort with 7 while Gross and Kailey Kleinert had 6 each. Lizzy Barnard had 13 digs, and Madison Harpest had 11. Jaime Johnson dished out 21 assists and co-setter Kelly Lean had 18. PC improves to 27-0 overall and 3-0 in conference play while Lewis and Clark falls to (11-5 1-2). The Cobras continue west for a quartet of matches at Johnson County CC in Kansas City, KS. Play kicks off with D1 Colby College at 3pm Friday followed by a Top 3 match-up with the hosts, #3 Johnson County at 5pm. JCCC is currently 17-1 on the season with their lone loss coming to the Cobras 3-1 back on September 11 on a neutral court. The Cobras will wrap up play on Saturday with two more games against D-1 Barton and D-2 North Platte, NE.
Sept. 22-Women's Soccer
The #5 Parkland Women’s Soccer team returned to action on Tuesday afternoon and made quick work of Region 24 foe Kaskaskia College, winning by the score of 7-0. Kaljit Atwal got the Cobras on the board just 44 seconds into the match as she beat the Blue Angel goalie for a 1-0 lead. Atwal would also score the next goal as she connected on a perfect header off a ball from Shania Maddux at the 21 minute mark. Just three minutes later, Leticia Rebello drilled a shot into the back of the net and the rout was on. Bophia Travis connected with an assist to Brittany Johnson with 28 minutes gone and 5 minutes later Olivia McAfferty scored an unassisted goal. Ellie McKenzie wrapped up the first half scoring as she shot the ball by the KC goalie after a great pass from Catherine McHale.
Leading 6-0 at the half, Parkland would score their final goal midway through the second half as McKenzie earned her second goal and McHale her second assist of the afternoon. The win moves the Cobras to (7-1) on the year while Kaskaskia drops to (5-2). Next up for PC is a Region 24 showdown this Saturday at arch rival Lewis and Clark. The Blazers are (10-1-1) so far this season. The winner of the match will take control of the
top spot for the Region 24 tournament to be held at the end of October.
Sept. 22- Men's Soccer
Daniel Kadima drove home a penalty kick in the first over time Tuesday night, to lead the Parkland Men's Soccer team to an exciting come from behind 2-1 victory over M-WAC rival Lincoln Land at the SASA Complex in
Springfield. The two teams played to a scoreless first half tie and neither squad could muster a goal for much of the second half until the host Loggers scored with just 6:24 remaining.
Down a goal, the Cobras picked up their intensity and tied thematch as Alex Zarco scored off an assist from Feli Keti with just 2 minutes left. Parkland kept up the pressure and actually had a chance to win the match in regulation when they were awarded a penalty kick with just 30 seconds left. Jonathan Lukusa's shot hit the post and a subsequent rebound shot was snared by the Logger goalie to force overtime. From there Kadima delivered off another Keti assist to give PC record of (2-0-2) in overtime games this fall. The win moves PC to (5-3-2) on the season and (3-0-1) in the M-WAC. PC leads the conference by a game at the midway point of the season. Lincoln Land falls to (3-5 over-all and
2-2 in the M-WAC). Parkland will return to action this Saturday when they take on Heartland at 1:00 at the Corn Crib in Normal.
September 21, 2015-Volleyball
The #1 Cobras finished off the three-day Parkland Invite today with two matches against #10 McHenry CC and Jackson CC.
In the first match of the day, PC came sprinting out of the gates in set 1 and completed the win sweeping McHenry 25-14, 25-18, 27-25. Laura Gross pounded 14 kills, Lizzy Barnard had 6 kills and 7 digs, and Miaya
Peacock had 5 kills and 9 digs. Jaime Johnson had 21 assists and Kelly Lean 11. Madison Harpest dug 12 balls in the match.
In the final match, PC defeated Jackson 25-21, 23-25, 25-16, 25-9. Taylor Bauer had a double-double with 15 kills and 11 digs, and Rowan Crozier recorded a career high 11 kills. Jordan Deer also notched a career high 30 digs in the match. Jaime Johnson had 15 assists, and Courtney Moritz had 14.
Parkland stays undefeated on the season at 26-0 overall. The Cobras travel to Godfrey, Illinois on Thursday for a region & conference match against Lewis & Clark before traveling on to Overland Park, Kansas for four more matches Friday & Saturday, including a rematch with #3 Johnson County on their home court.
The #1 Cobras squared off with a pair of teams from opposite ends of the state in Rock Valley College from Northern Illinois and Rend Lake from Southern Illinois.
In the first, PC swept the #5 ranked D3 Rock Valley 25-14, 25-19, 25-21. Miaya Peacock led the way with 9 kills, 16 digs and 4 service aces. Laura Gross recorded a match-high 13 kills, and Kailey Kleinert, Sofi Kelemete and Hayley Gray each had 5 blocks. Jaime Johnson notched 21 assists while Kelly Lean had 13.
In the second match, Parkland used aggressive serving to keep Rend Lake off balance in a 25-8, 25-8, 25-12. Taylor Bauer recorded 7 kills and 9 digs while Jacey Lewis, Gabby Pearl, Lizzy Barnard and Rowan Crozier all had 5 kills each. Courtney Moritz notched 14 assists and Paige Griffith had 10.
Parkland improved to 24-0 overall ahead of two final matches of the Parkland tournament tomorrow starting at 10:00am vs #10 McHenry CC (IL) and Jackson CC from Michigan.
Sept. 20, 2015
The Parkland College Golf team shook off the disappointment of
Friday’s opening round being washed out with just two holes remaining, by
putting up another solid round to win the rain-shortened IVCC invite.
Friday’s round was cancelled after heavy rains ended play and all of the scores
were wiped away, changing the format to just 18 holes on Saturday. The
Cobras were in the lead on Friday when the rains came but picked up where they
left to secure the team their first win of the fall.
Parkland fired a 303 Saturday to edge out the College of Dupage
by three strokes and Sauk Valley by 5 in the 18 team event. Jarred
Hippen of Sauk Valley was the individual medalist with a 72, while Champaign
freshman Christian Khachaturian finished in second place for the Cobras with a
73. David Gerig shot 75, Dom Knight 77, and Thomas Webster 78 rounded out
the scoring for PC.
Parkland will return to action on Sunday September 27th
at the Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament in Godfrey, Illinois. For the
first time the event will be a 27-hole affair with the first 9 holes being a
scramble, next 9 alternate shot, and the final nine best ball.
Sept. 19, 2015
The #1 Parkland Cobras hosted 14 other top NJCAA teams this
weekend and kicked off the 3-day tournament with two evening matches vs
Southwestern Illinois and Iowa Central.
In that first match vs SWIC, the Cobras swept the match
in scores of 25-16, 25-18, 25-15. Laura Gross pounded 9 kills and had 10 blocks
in the 3-set match. Lizzy Barnard notched 7 kills, and Sofi Kelemete had a
career high 13 blocks. Jaime Johnson recorded 18 assists and Kell Lean had 11.
Madison Harpest dug 12 balls in the match.
In the second match, the Cobras recorded another sweep
with scores of 25-19, 25-22, 25-16. Hayley Gray hit .900 with 9 kills on 10
attempts. Gross and Barnard had 9 kills each. Kailey Kleinert had 5 blocks, and
Harpest got 16 digs.
PC improves to 22-0 ahead of two more matches tomorrow
evening starting at 4:45pm.
Sept. 15, 2015The #1 Parkland Cobras faced off with #7 Lincoln Land tonight
and had a battle from the beginning. Down 22-24 in the first set, PC battled
back behind stellar serving from Lizzy Barnard and took the first set 26-24.
The Loggers bounced back in the second set and tied it at 1-1 with a score of
25-19. The third set was a back-and-forth affair with the Cobras squeaking out
the third set 25-23. But again, the gritty Loggers pushed ahead in the fourth
set with a 25-21 win. This forced a fifth set in which PC finally settled down
and found a rhythm on the court early to take the deciding set 15-6.
Miaya Peacock led the Cobras with 18 kills and 11 digs, and Laura Gross
notched 11 kills and 6 blocks. Kailey Kleinert and Sofi Kelemete had 5 blocks
each for the Cobras. Lizzy Barnard notched 7 kills, 11 digs and 3 aces in the
match. Both Cobra setters notched double-doubles with Kell Lean registering 23
assists and 10 digs, and Jaime Johnson had 20 assists and 10 digs. Libero
Madison Harpest led the defense with 31 digs in the contest.
Although the Cobras did not have the fluidity illustrated on the weekend, it
was a good match to grind out against another Top 20 team. This is the 8th win
for the Cobras against the Top 20. PC improves to 20-0 overall and 2-0 the
M-WAC. Lincoln Land drops to 12-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play. The
Cobras host several Top 20 teams again this weekend at the Parkland Invite
Friday-Sunday with the first Cobra match at 5:45pm vs Southwestern Illinois.
Sept. 15, 2015
The Parkland Women’s Soccer team grabbed sole possession of
first place in the Mid-West Athletic Conference on Tuesday as they blanked
Heartland 1-0. The Hawks decided to make the match a defensive one, packing
their end of the field with all but one player, decreasing the Cobras chances
to score. PC still had their chances, outshooting HCC 7-0 in the first half,
but could not connect.
The second half was more of the same until freshman Anna
McHatton scored with an assist from Alyssa Jones at the 60 minute mark to give
PC the lead. The game remained a defensive battle with neither team able
to score. Heartland nearly tied the match in the final match on a header but
the ball was deflected away and PC held on for the win.
Parkland improves to (6-1 3-0) while Heartland drops to (3-3
2-1). The Cobras are off until Sept. 22 when they will host Kaskaskia in a key
Region 24 match-up.
Sept 13, 2015
The #1 ranked Parkland Cobras concluded the Kirkwood Invite
today with matches vs #12 Central Nebraska and Kishwaukee College from northern
In the first match against Central, PC came out quickly and took the first set
25-17. Central fought back in set 2 taking advantage of loose serve receive by
the Cobras to push the set to overtime in which PC prevailed 28-26. And in the
third set, Parkland came out quickly matching the first set score in the end,
concluding the three-set sweep 25-17. Laura Gross again led the Cobra offense
with 12 kills. Sofi Kelemete notched 6 blocks while Kailey Kleinert and Hayley
Gray rejected 5 attacks each. Jaime Johnson had 20 assists while Kell Lean had
10. Madison Harpest had 16 digs to lead the back row effort while Lizzy
Barnard, Miaya Peacock and Johnson had 10 apiece.
In the second match, PC completed the sweep in scores of 25-9, 25-17 and 28-26.
Taylor Bauer put down 14 kills while Barnard had 8. Kleinert had 4
blocks, and Kelemete, Jacey Lewis and Rowan Crozier had 3 each. Courtney
Moritz had 14 assists while Paige Griffith had 11, and Jordan Deer collected 10
The wins push Parkland's record to 19-0 overall ahead of another Top 10
match-up when the Cobras host #7 Lincoln Land for an important M-WAC and Region
24 match on Tuesday this week. First serve begins at 6:00pm and will feature
one of the Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation volleyball teams between sets 2
Sept. 13, 2015
The Kennedy-King Men's Soccer used their quickness and athleticism
on Saturday as they outlasted Parkland 4-2 in a non-conference match in
Champaign. The Cobras actually had 11 shots on goal to just 9 for the
visitors but the Statesmen converted on four of those shots.
It was Parkland who jumped out on top first as Jonathan Lukusa
scored following a great pass from Daniel Kadima. Kennedy-King answered
back with two quick goals to stun the Cobras but Salar Samimi managed to curl a
ball into the top right corner to tie the match at 2. Unfortunately for PC,
KKCC broke the tie with a goal late in the half to grab a 3-2 halftime
lead. Parkland controlled most of the second half but the Statesmen
scored on a cross from the left side midway through the half and the Cobras
could not covert on offense despite several good chances.
The loss drops Parkland to (4-3-1 2-0) ahead of a huge M-WAC
match on Wednesday. The Cobras will host #11 Illinois Central (4-1 1-1)
starting at 4:00. Kennedy-King improves to (6-1) on the season.
Sept 12, 2015
The #1 Cobras kicked off the perennially difficult Kirkwood
Invite with #5 ranked Johnson County CC (Kansas). PC came out quickly against
the Cavaliers taking the first two sets 25-17, 25-18. Parkland led the third
23-20, but a furious rally by JCCC led them to take the third set 26-24.
However, the Cobras showed their poise leading wire-to-wire in the fourth
winning the match 25-20 in the fourth set.
A quartet of Cobra pounded double-digit kills with Miaya Peacock (14), Lizzy
Barnard (12), Laura Gross (10) and Sofi Kelemete leading that offensive charge.
Kailey Kleinert led the block with 9, and Kelemete and Gross had 5 apiece.
Kelly Lean and Jaime Johnson each notched 22 assists in the match. Peacock and
Barnard had an excellent defensive game as well. Peacock collected a career
high 25 digs, and Barnard had 15. Libero Madison Harpest joined the 20-dig club
with 20 digs of her own.
In the second match, the Cobras faced off with #3 Cowley County CC (Kansas), a
big rival and high-level team in the country each year. After a bit of a slow
start where the two teams were tied 13-13 in the first set, PC kicked into a
second gear and swept the Tigers in convincing fashion, 25-19, 25-20, 25-15.
Gross and Barnard each notched 10 kills while Barnard had another double-double
also securing 20 digs. Harpest had 19 digs and Peacock notched 13 in a stellar
defensive effort. Kleinert had 6 blocks, Kelemete 5, and Barnard and Gross had
4 apiece. Johnson had 23 assists, and Lean had 11 assists and 3 service aces.
Parkland improves to 17-0 overall ahead of two more matches tomorrow vs. #12
Central Nebraska and Kishwaukee College
Sept. 11, 2015
Iowa Central score just 1:10 seconds into overtime Friday as
the #3 ranked Tritons stunned #5 Parkland 2-1 in a battle of NJCAA unbeaten teams. The Cobras dominated the opening 30 minutes of the match, having 7 shots on goal to just 1 for the visitors but could not
connect and the game went to the half tied at 0-0.
The second half was a back and forth affair until the Cobrasstruck first when Ellie McKenzie placed the ball just inside the poll to put PCon top with 19:20 left in the game. Unfortunately the momentum would be
short-lived as PC sophomore Marie Lukusa was given a red-card and an automatic ejection just two minutes later leaving the Cobras a man down for the final 17minutes. From there the Tritons would go on the offensive and finally tied the match with a score with 9:16 left on the clock. IC continued to put the pressureon for the rest of the half but the PC defense held tight and the game went to overtime. IC controlled the ball quickly
and hit the game winner just 70 seconds in to the extra period. After dominating early, PC ended up being outshot
16-10 on the afternoon.
The win moves Iowa Central to (6-0) ahead of a match tomorrow at Heartland. The Cobras (5-1) will be off until Wednesday, when they will host Heartland in a battle for first place in the M-WAC. Both teams
currently stand (2-0) in the conference.
Sept. 10, 2015
The Parkland College Volleyball team (15-0) holds stead at
#1 while the Cobra Women’s Soccer team (5-0) bumps up three spots to #5 in the
latest NJCAA polls released today. Both teams have important tests
against highly ranked opponents this weekend.
The VB team travels west to the Kirkwood CC Invitational
where they will face #5 Johnson County (8-0) at 2:00 Friday afternoon and #3
Cowley County (8-0) at 6:00 that evening. JCCC is undefeated and has won all
eight matches by 3-0 scores. Cowley is also undefeated so something will have
to give Friday in Iowa. Saturday the Cobras will take on #12
Central Nebraska (8-4) at 11 am and an improving Kishwaukee (3-5) at
Soccer will get their biggest test of the young season as
they take on fellow unbeaten and #3 Iowa Central (5-0). The Triton have
outscored their five opponents 23-2 so far this fall while the Cobras have
outscored the competition by an incredible 44-1 margin. Game time is set for
4:00 Friday in Champaign.
Sept. 9, 2015
Ellie McKenzie scored three times on Wednesday afternoon to help
lead the #8 Parkland Women's Soccer team to a 11-0 blanking of M-WAC foe
Illinois Central College. The Cobras improved to (5-0 2-0) with the win
while ICC dropped to (1-4-1 0-2).Leticia Rebello got PC on the board early as she scored an
unassisted goal 14 minutes into the match. McKenzie followed with the first of
her three goals with an assist to Brittany Johnson. Catherine McHale added the
final goal of the first half at the 37 mark on a pass from Alyssa Jones.
The second half was all Cobras as they scored eight more times
after the break. Marie Lukusa scored just two minutes into the half and
McHale scored her second goal just two minutes later. Rebello and Maria Pelayo
picked up the assist's on the two goals. Kaljit Atwal would score the next two
Cobra goals with help from McHale and Rebello again. Brittany Johnson converted
on a penalty kick to make it 8-0 while McKenzie would score two more times and
Dalia Santana would score her first as Johnson and Pelayo aided the
scores. PC out shot ICC 35-6 on the afternoon.
Things will get much tougher for the Cobras over the next four
matches starting with a 4:00 showdown this Friday against #6 Iowa Central in
Sept. 9, 2015
The #1 ranked Cobras facedLincoln College tonight for the initial Mid-West Athletic Conference match of
the season at home. PC came out fast and swept the Lynx 25-12, 25-8, 25-21 in a
match that highlighted all 17 healthy Cobras.
Laura Gross led the offensive effort with 11 kills, and Sofi Kelemete notched 7
kills and 6 blocks. Jaime Johnson had 18 assists and 4 service aces and Kelly
Lean had 12 assists. Miaya Peacock secured 3 service aces as well.
Parkland improves to 15-0 overall and 1-0 in the M-WAC. PC travels to Cedar
Rapids, Iowa this weekend for a quartet of matches at the Kirkwood Invitational.
Sept. 8, 2015
Alex Zarco scored his second goal of the afternoon, just two
minutes into overtime, to help lead the Parkland Men’s Soccer team to a 5-4 win
over Lincoln College in an M-WAC match on a soggy Tuesday in Lincoln.
Parkland started the game well and scored just 14 minutes
into the half. Emmanuel Komba got on the right end of a Gustavo Giordani pass
and Komba converted for the first goal of the match. A second was soon to follow as
Daniel Kadima was set up by Zarco to put the Cobras up 2-0. Lincoln cut the
lead in half at the 23 minute mark but Zarco restored the Cobras two goal lead
as he scored on a great pass from Feli Keti.
PC took a 3-1 lead into intermission and quickly added to
that lead just 11 minutes in to the second half as Komba scored his second goal
of the match with an assist to Kadima. Lincoln cut the margin in half
after scoring on a controversial penalty kick and cut the margin to just one
with 15 minutes left. The Lynx made the comeback complete as they scored again
with only six minutes remaining. However Zarco made sure the overtime
would not last long as Komba slipped the ball into Zarco who calmly slotted the
ball home for the game winner.
The victory improves Parkland to (4-2-1 2-0) while Lincoln
falls to (1-1 0-1). The Cobras will step out of conference on Saturday
when they host Kennedy-King starting at 3:30. The Statesmen are currently
(4-1) on the year ahead of a Thursday match with the College of Dupage.