Women's Soccer loses heartbreaker in Region 24 Semi-Finals
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.
Women's Soccer stops Lewis and Clark, moves into semi-finals
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.
All Cobras as Women's Soccer wins regular season finale
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.
Kaskaskia stuns PC Women Soccer
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.
Women's Soccer blitzes Joliet for easy victory
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.
Women's Soccer gets back on track with win over St. Louis CC
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.
SWIC gives women first loss of season
The Parkland Women's soccer team controlled most their match but could not finish or convert their scoring opportunities. PC out shot the Blue Storm 24-8 and had 15 corner kicks to just 2 for SWIC. The hosts would score their first goal at the 23 minute mark and would add another just two minutes later. PC had numerous scoring chances but were unable to take advantage. The loss drops the Cobras to (9-1-1) ahead of a busy week where the Cobras will travel to St. Louis CC on Tuesday, host Joliet on Wednesday, and head to Kaskaskia on Friday.
Women's Soccer keep up streak, beat Elgin 4-1
The Parkland Women's Soccer team continued their winning ways on Monday as they eased past Elgin CC 4-1. The Cobras got on the board early scoring just seven and half minutes into the match as Breeanna Barazza's bicycle kick found the back of the net to give PC the 1-0 lead. Unfortunately that would be the only goal of the opening half for PC, despite several scoring opportunities, as the host Spartans made it interesting scoring just 90 seconds before the half as Carol Garcia connected for a goal.
The second half was all PC however as the Cobras would score three times in the opening 17 minutes of the half. Kelsey Nystrom broke the tie just three minutes in and Barazza picked up the assist. At the 60 minute mark, Alex Radue scored an unassisted goal, and Priscila Azuaga wrapped up the scoring as she scored just two minutes later off a feed from Nystrom.
The victory improved the Cobras to (9-0-1) while Elgin drops to (1-7). The competition will get much tougher in their next match as the Cobras travel to Belleville to take on Southwestern Illinois (8-4) on Saturday October 6.
Cobra Women's Soccer pick up nice road win
The #14 Parkland Women's Soccer team went on the road Wednesday and picked up an impressive 3-0 win over Waubonsee CC in Sugar Grove. The Warriors, who entered the game with a 7-1 record, were the Region 4 champions last season and advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament.
The Cobras took control early as Amanda Stoll scored with an assist from Kelsey Nystrom just four minutes into the match. The game remained 1-0 until a little over 10 minutes remained in the first half as Priscila Azuaga scored as Audra Krusz picked up the assist. Parkland would score their final goal at the 58 minute mark when Krusz picked up the goal and Stoll earned the assist.
The victory moves PC to (8-0-1) while Waubonsee drops to (7-2). The match starts a four-game road swing for the Cobras with their next game set for October 1 at Elgin CC.
Women's soccer shutouts Lewis and Clark
The #16 Women's Soccer program got a goal from Mandy Stoll with an assist from Breeana Barazza to help the Cobras knock off nemesis #21 Lewis and Clark 1-0 on Sunday. The only goal of the game came at the 28 minute mark of the first half. Scoring chances were few and far between in the defensive struggle as PC held off a couple of late Blazer shot attempts to seal the win.
Parkland (7-0-1) moves into first place in Region 24 with the win just ahead of Heartland who defeated L&C 2-0 on Friday. The Cobras will travel north on Wednesday to take on Waubonsee CC.
Women's Soccer wins key Region 24 match
Priscila Azuaga scored the only goal of the game at the 69 minute mark in the second half as the Parkland Women's Soccer team held off Region 24 foe Illinois Central College 1-0 on Sunday afternoon. Azuaga's shot found the upper right corner of the net as Lindsey Hemmerich picked up the assist. The Cobras out shot the Cougars 11-5 on the day although both teams missed open opportunities to get on the board earlier in the match.
PC (5-0-1) will step out of Region 24 play on Tuesday when they travel south to play St. Charles CC. The two teams battled to a 1-1 tie last season. The Cobras will return home next Sunday with the top seed in Region 24 on the line, when PC faces off against Lewis & Clark starting at 1:00 in Champaign.
Azuaga scores four times as Cobras roll over Prairie State
Sophomore forward Priscila Azuaga scored four goals and assisted on another as the Parkland Women's Soccer team rolled over winless Prairie State College 9-1 on Friday. The win improved PC to (4-0-1) while the Pioneers drop to(0-7).
The match certainly didn't start out to be a blowout as Pr. State got on the board first at the 18 minute mark dropping a long free kick into the net just over the hands of the Cobra goalie to go up 1-0. PC would tie the match 26 minutes in as Breeanna Barraza (Colorado) scored on an assist from Azuaga. The pair would team up just one minute later with their roles reversed as Azuaga would score on an assist from Barraza. Leading 2-1, PC would score two more times in the half as Sarah Kresca (Central HS) scored on a feed from Alyssa Drollinger (Mahomet-Seymour). Drollinger would add her own goal just three minutes later as Kelsey Nystrom (Normal Community) picked up the assist.
The Cobras would score five more times in the second half as Nystrom and Drollinger teamed up again on a goal at the 51 minute mark before Azuaga would score three consecutive goals over the next 20 minutes. Drollinger, Nystrom, and Barraza would all pick up assists on Azuaga's goals. Alex Radue (Geneseo) wrapped up the scoring on a goal with just three minutes to play.
In addition to Azuaga's outstanding day, Drollinger and Nystrom each finished the match with a goal and three assists while Barazza had a goal and a pair of assists for the Cobras who out shot the guests 21-3 on the afternoon.
Next up for PC will be a Region 24 showdown against rival Illinois Central College (2-3) starting at 12:00 on Sunday at Parkland.
Parkland Women cruise to win over Lincoln
The Parkland Women's Soccer team out shot their guests from Lincoln 13-1 on Wednesday and cruised to a 3-0 win over the Lynx in Region 24 play. The win moves PC to (3-0-1) ahead of a Friday 4:00 non-conference home game against Prairie State.
Despite controlling the tempo from start to finish. PC did not find the back of the net until 26 minutes into the match when Breeanna Barazza scored with an assist to Alex Radue. That would be all of the scoring in the opening half as the Cobras took a 1-0 lead into intermission.
It would take only three minutes to get on the board in the second half as Kelsey Nystrom made a shot with an assist from Keren Sharabi. Sharabi would score the final goal of the day as she converted on a free kick at the 54 minute mark. PC would have several more chances to score but could not connect, however a strong defensive effort helped preserve the shutout.
Women score early and often in rout of Indiana Tech JV
The Parkland Women's Soccer team came off the bus ready to score as they routed the Indiana Tech University JV 8-0 in Fort Wayne, Indiana on Sunday afternoon. Just 1:30 into the contest, Lindsey Hemmerich scored with an assist to Kelsey Nystrom to make it 1-0. The game stayed that way until the 19 minute mark when Audra Krusz assisted Alex Radue for a 2-0 lead.
Priscila Azuaga scored ten minutes later, this time on an assist from Radue as the Cobras took control.
Any doubt about an Indiana Tech rally was put to rest in the final fifteen minutes of the half as PC would score three more times in the span of 5 minutes. Breeanna Barraza scored on a rebound of a missed goal by Rebekah Burgan, Barraza scored again on another Radue assist, and Burgan scored a goal of her own with an assist to Hemmerich.
Leading 6-0 at the break, PC would score just a minute into the 2nd half as Hemmerich took a perfect pass from Azuaga and found the back of the net. The Cobras would score their final goal of the match as once again Nystrom scored on an assist from Azuaga.
The win moves PC to (2-0-1) ahead of a Wednesday afternoon home match with Lincoln College.
Women's Soccer fit to be tied with Heartland
Priscila Azuaga scored off of a cross from Kelsey Nystrom with just eight minutes left in regulation but the Parkland Women's Soccer team had to settle for a tie with Heartland CC 1-1. Heartland took the lead midway through the second half before PC tied it late. The two teams played a pair of ten minute sudden-death overtime periods but neither squad was able to score resulting in the tie. The Cobras out shot the rival Hawks but were unable to find the back of the net despite several scoring chances. PC (1-0-1) will travel to Fort Wayne Indiana on Sunday to take on Indiana Tech. The Cobras will return home next Wednesday for a 2:00 match with Lincoln College.
Women's Soccer wins opener
The Parkland Women's Soccer team scored three goals in the opening half en route to a 3-0 win over visiting Schoolcraft College of Michigan. PC scored early and often with Keren Sharabi scoring the season's first goal on an assist from Kelsey Nystrom. Just minutes later Priscilla Azuaga added an unassisted goal and Nystrom round out the scoring with a goal of her own on a feed from Casey Miniard. Parkland (1-0) will host Heartland (0-1) in a Region 24 contest on Thursday starting at 4:30. Schoolcraft (1-1) defeated the Hawks 2-1 on Saturday night in Bloomington.