Soccer Playoffs get underway this weekend!
Come out and support your nationally ranked soccer teams as they begin Region 24 play this weekend. The #23 ranked Men get things underway on Saturday when they host rival Lincoln Land starting at 12:00. The Cobras swept the Loggers during the regular season, winning by the scores of 1-0 and 5-0. A victory would most likely send the Cobras into a semi-final match on Wednesday at Lewis and Clark.
The #17 Women will get their post-season march started on Sunday at Noon with a match against Lincoln College. The Cobras blanked the Lynx 8-0 and 6-0. A win would set up a Thursday afternoon showdown in Champaign against #8 ranked Lewis and Clark. PC handed the Blazers one of their two losses on the season, in a 1-0 Cobra win back in September.
Their is no admission charge so come out and enjoy the soccer and cheer on your Cobras!
Cobras breeze to Region 24
The #1 Cobras returned home on Thursday night to host two class-act guests in the Dodds Athletic Center. First, the Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation group joined the Cobras for a scrimmage highlighting the successes of the Mustangs (one of two CUSR teams). PC partnered with the Cobras' opponent for the evening, Lincoln Trail, in celebrating the Mustangs ahead of their State of Illinois Special Olympic matches this coming weekend.
The Statesman, a first year program, traveled to Champaign for PC's final region match of the season. The Cobras swept LT 25-3, 25-11, and 25-8. Teigan Flaws led the offense hitting .727 with 8 kills, and Kailey Kleinert had 6 kills and 5 blocks while Rowan Crozier also had 6 kills and 3 blocks. Madison Weldon delivered 12 assists while Kelly Lean and Morgan Hickman had 7 each. Miaya Peacock led the defense with 6 digs while also scoring with 3 kills and 2 service aces.
The women wrapped up the regular season on Tuesday night with a 3-0 victory over the McKendree JV. The Cobras used a balanced attack to pick up their 13th win of the year against just three losses.
The Cobras would score all three goals in the opening half as Maddie Martin got PC on the board first as she scored at the 12 minute mark on a feed from Ginyce Haywood. Just 11 minutes later Catherine McHale made it 2-0 with an assist to Davia Morrison. Marie Lakusa scored the final goal off a free kick. McKendree actually out shot the Cobras 15-8, including 9-4 on shots on goal, but Monica Armendariz made three outstanding saves in her first start of the season.
Parkland (13-3) will host Lincoln College starting at Noon on Sunday in the opening round of the Region 24 playoffs. The Cobras have already beaten the Lynx twice this season.
Cobras finish 2nd in final fall tourney
The Golf team improved their team score by two strokes on Tuesday but still could not overtake first round leader Lindenwood University-Belleville and finished 2nd at the Bulldog Classic at Panther Creek in Springfield.
The Cobras fired a second round 302 but the Knights also improved by two strokes to win the 36-hole event 604 to 608. Benedictine University finished 3rd while Illinois College took home 4th. Dom Knight once again paced the team as he finished in 2nd place over-all four strokes behind the medalist Brian Murtaugh of Lindenwood. Knight shot (77-73 150) while Murtaugh carded 73's both days to finish at 146. Nick Berger moved up to finish in a tie for 3rd place (77-74 151).
Joe Powell fired a 75 to lead a balanced group as the Cobra Golf team shot a 306 and stand second in the four team Benedictine University Bulldog Invitational at Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield. Lindenwood University leads by just two strokes after shooting 304 as a team. The host school and Illinois College are over 20 strokes behind the two at the top.
Powell's 75 puts him in a three-way tie for 2nd, two strokes behind the leader Pat Murtaugh of Lindenwood who carded a 73. The Parkland trio of Dom Knight, Thomas Webster, and Nick Berger all shot 77 and are four strokes off the lead.
The four teams and four unattached players will tee off at 9 am on Tuesday for the final 18 holes of the 36 hole tourney, the final event of the fall season.
Cobra Men rally for win in regular season finale
Manny Rios scored the game winning goal with just under 15 minutes remaining as the Cobra Men's Soccer team rallied for a 3-2 win over the UI Club Team in their regular season finale.
Parkland found themselves behind 2-0 but Zach Allevi's header with just 42 seconds left in the opening half, off a ball from Jacob Sanders, sent the Cobras into the break down just a goal and with some much needed momentum.
Scoring chances were few and far between for much of the second half and it looked like the Cobras had missed on their chance to tie the match when Rios shot was saved by the UI goal keeper with just under twenty minutes left. Instead the Cobras kept up the pressure and Gesi Muharremi tied the match just three minutes later as he connected after a perfect pass from Caine Huart. Rios then broke the tie only two minutes later and the Cobra defense would step up for the rest of the match to preserve the win.
The Cobras (12-3) had 18 shots on the afternoon, 9 on goal, while the UI Club team had 9 shots, 6 on goal. Parkland will be off until Saturday October 25 when they will host Lincoln Land in the opening round of the Region 24 tournament. Game time is set for noon in Champaign.
The #1 Cobras traveled to Springfield on Saturday for the Midwest Athletic Conference tournament with a trio of matches against Lewis & Clark, Lincoln, and Lincoln Land.
In the opening match, PC swept the Trailblazers of Lewis & Clark 25-15, 25-14 and, 25-14. Alayna Jackson led the offense hitting .875 with 7 kills and had 3 service aces while Kailey Kleinert and Teigan Flaws had 6 apiece. The Cobras hit a sizzling .370 as a team. Madison Weldon (12), Morgan Hickman (10) and Kelly Lean (8) combined for 30 assists in the match.
In the second match, PC swept past Lincoln College 25-9, 25-16, and 25-17. The Cobras again hit well as a team at a .355 clip with Lizzy Barnard and Jackson scoring on 6 kills apiece and Lori VanBeek, Hayley Gray and Flaws had 5 each. Kaitlyn Hunt had 14 digs, and Hickman had 13 assists while Lean had 10. Jackson also had a match high 6 blocks.
In the match to decide the conference championship, the Cobras fell behind early in the first set 8-3 before storming back behind 8 team blocks to win the first set 25-18. PC also took the next two 25-22 and 25-16 to win their 19th consecutive conference title. VanBeek had 9 kills, Jackson and Flaws had 8 each and Barnard had 7. VanBeek also had 7 monster blocks which greatly changed the aggressiveness of the Logger attack. Hunt had 10 digs, and Weldon (16) and Hickman (14) delivered 30 assists.
The top-ranked Cobras win the MidWest Athletic Conference championship with a perfect 6-0 record and push their overall record to an impressive 42-2 overall. PC next plays at home against Lincoln Trail on Thursday evening at 6pm. This match will also feature the Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation group playing between sets 2 and 3 and is Parkland Clubs and Organizations night at the match.
Due to the recent weather, CLC was required to make up a conference game and cannot make the trip. Attempts to find a replacement match were unsuccessful. Parkland will now play their final regular season game next Tuesday at the McKendree JV and will open the playoffs at home on Sunday October 26.
Volleyball celebrates return to #1 with pair of wins
The Parkland Cobra Volleyball team kicked off regaining the #1 ranking in the country with a pair of home matches against two area four-year college JV teams.
In the afternoon match, the Cobras swept Olivet Nazarene 25-16, 25-12, and 25-11. Alayna Jackson led the offense with a perfect 6 kills on 6 swings along with 4 blocks, and Kailey Kleinert and Teigan Flaws had 5 kills apiece with Kleinert also rejecting 3 balls. As a team, the Cobras hit a blistering .500. Kaitlyn Hunt had 10 digs, and the trio of Madison Weldon (12), Kelly Lean (12) and Morgan Hickman (10) combined for 34 assists.
In the evening match, PC downed Millikin 25-13, 25-19, 25-16. Flaws and Lori VanBeek had 10 kills apiece with the two combining for 9 blocks (Flaws, 5 and VanBeek, 4). Hunt notched 12 digs, and Weldon had 3 service aces while Lizzy Barnard and Miaya Peacock had 2 each.
PC improves to 39-2 overall and looks for its 40th win on Saturday as the Cobras travel to Springfield for the M-WAC tournament PC will play a trio of matches starting at 9am vs Lewis & Clark, followed by matches against Lincoln College and Lincoln Land.
McHale's hat-trick leads Cobras to M-WAC title
Freshman Catherine McHale scored three times on Tuesday afternoon to help lead the Parkland Women's Soccer team to a 4-0 win over Heartland CC earning the Cobras a tie with the Hawks for the conference title. Heartland had beaten PC 1-0 earlier this season in Normal.
On a cool and damp afternoon it was all Parkland as McHale got on the board just four minutes into the match as Marie Lukusa earned the assist. The score remained 1-0 until McHale was fouled in the box with just five minutes left in the half. Emily Bushue drilled her penalty kick by the Hawks goalie to make it 2-0 Cobras at the break.
Any chance of a Heartland rally was shutdown quickly as McHale scored again in the opening 10 minutes of the half with Bushue earning the assist. McHale would score her final goal of the match in the final minute on a pass from Ginyce Haywood to make the final score 4-0. The Cobras controlled the match from beginning to end, out shooting the visitors 20-5 on the day.
Parkland (12-3 5-1) will play their final regular season game of the year this Friday when they host the College of Lake County (8-5-1). Heartland who is also (8-5-1 5-1) will host Lake County on Saturday.
The #6 Southwestern Illinois Blue Storm blanked the #18 Parkland Cobras on Saturday with less than two weeks to go in the season.
SWIC's Meredith Wendt got the hosts on the board earlier as she scored just 20 minutes into the match. It was the lone goal of the half and gave the Blue Storm a 1-0 cushion at the break. It wouldn't take long for them to score again in the second half as Alyssa Houck connected to make it 2-0. That would be all the scoring for the day as neither team could score for the remainder of the match. SWIC controlled the match, out-shooting PC 16-9 on the day, allowing just three shots on goal.
The loss drops Parkland to 11-3 and 4-1 in the Region while SWIC is now 11-0-2, 3-0-1. The Cobras can wrap up at least the second seed in the Region tournament and a co-M-WAC title when they host Heartland at 4:00 on Tuesday.
Illinois Central's Carson Gray scored three times on Saturday to lead the #5 Cougars over the #24 Cobras in a key Region 24 and M-WAC match.
On Saturday the game started well but the Cougars caught Parkland on a counter just six minutes in as Lucas Cordini scored to make it 1-0. The margin would stay at one until ICC's Gray would score twice in the final 16 minutes of the half, one at the 29 minute mark and the other with just under 4 minutes left, to help the Cougars take a commanding 3-0 lead into the break.
Parkland would not give up however and Andres Chalbaud got the Cobras on the board as he bent in a kick from the edge of the box to make it 3-1. Chalbaud had a golden opportunity to cut the deficit to just one but his shot from just a few feet away was stopped by the ICC keeper.
Gray took away any hopes of a Cobra rally as he beat three Parkland defenders down the left side and drilled his shot by the Cobra goalie for his third goal of the afternoon and his 18th goal of the season. Parkland actually out shot ICC 18-11 for the match but ICC connected on 50% of their shots on goal.
Parkland (10-3) will travel to Lincoln Land on Wednesday for their M-WAC finale while ICC (12-1) will travel to Lincoln that same day.
The #3 Cobras wrapped up the Des Moines Area CC Invite with matches vs #24 Waubonsee and MCC-Longview.
In the opening match of the day, PC faced Waubonsee who was coming off a 3-set sweep off the new #1 Kirkwood last evening. But the Cobras came out and overpowered the northern Illinois team in a 3-set sweep 25-21, 25-15, 25-21. Lori VanBeek led the offensive production with 13 kills while Elise Dahlke had 8 kills, and Alayna Jackson also had 8 while hitting .800 on the match. VanBeek also had 8 blocks while Hayley Gray had 6. Kaitlyn Hunt had 12 digs and Morgan Hickman and Madison Weldon each had 17 assists.
In the final match of the weekend, PC had an offensive explosion with 45 kills with another sweep over MCC-Longview out of Kansas City 25-18, 25-20, 25-20. Dahlke had a career high 18 kills in just three sets. VanBeek, Flaws and Lizzy Barnard had 7 kills apiece while Barnard also had a team-high 11 digs. VanBeek notched another 6 blocks.
Parkland improves to 37-2 ahead of a triangular at home on Wednesday with Olivet Nazarene and Millikin JV starting at 3:30pm.
The #3 Cobras made their final long-distance regular season tournament start Friday at the DMACC Invite in Boone, Iowa. The Cobras had two matches vs D1 Marshalltown (Iowa) and the #8 Bears in the afternoon match.
In the first match, PC swept Marshalltown 25-13, 25-21, 25-17. The tempo of the match was an odd one as both teams bombed serves back-and-forth never really allowing either team to get into much of a rhythm. Lizzy Barnard had a career high 8 service aces on her own. Lori VanBeek led the offense with 8 kills and 5 blocks. Teigan Flaws had 6 kills and 4 blocks, Elise Dahlke had 5 kills while Alayna Jackson led the blocking effort with 10. Morgan Hickman led the defensive effort with 15 digs, and Hickman and Madison Weldon combined for 18 assists.
In the second match vs #8 DMACC, the Bears brought in a 15-6 record with some impressive top 10 wins. DMACC came out quickly in the first set leading the Cobras 14-7 before PC pushed the set to extra points before falling 24-26. However, the Cobras found their flow throughout the rest of the match taking the next three sets 25-14, 25-20, 25-19. VanBeek impressed again with 13 kills and 10 blocks while Dahlke and Jackson had 9 apiece, and Flaws had 8. Barnard had 6 blocks and 10 digs, and Kaitlyn Hunt led the defense with 19 digs and another aggressive serving match for the team with 5 aces on her own. Weldon notched 22 assists and Hickman had 17.
Parkland improves to 35-2 overall with two more matches tomorrow vs #24 Waubonsee (IL) and MCC-Longview (MO).