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Jonathan Lukusa and Salar Samimi each had a goal and an
assist, and the Cobras benefited from an Owens own goal, as the Cobras earned
their first win of the year with a 3-0 blanking of the Express. The victory wrapped
up a perfect day for Parkland against Owens as the Volleyball team swept the
Express 3-0 followed by a 6-1 win by the Women’s Soccer team.  
The Cobras scored all three goals in the match during an 11
minute span of the opening half. PC got
on the board at the 20:26 mark as an Owens deflection resulted in an “own goal”
and a 1-0 Cobra lead. Just six minutes later Jonathan Lukusa put the Cobras up
2-0 on an assist from Samimi. The two
would reverse rolls as Samimi scored on a Lukusa assist at the 31:00 minute
mark to give PC the 3-0 lead.

Parkland (1-1-1) had 12 shots on goal in the contest,
converting three, while Owens (0-2) had 8 shots on goal but was denied by Cobra
goal keeper Matt Sharman who had eight saves on the afternoon.
The Cobras will return to action this Wednesday when they
host Heartland CC in the M-WAC opener for both teams.
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. 

The Cobras jumped out to the early lead as freshman Dominick
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 attempted 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 made 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 of
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. 


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