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  October 7, 2015

The Parkland College Women's Soccer team went on the road Wednesday night to take on rival Illinois Central College and came back from East Peoria with a 4-0 victory.  The win improved the #7 Cobras to (10-1-15-0) and allowed the Cobras to clinch their second straight conference title. ICC drops to (4-11-1 and 2-3). 

On Wednesday, PC got on the board early as Alyssa Jones scored just two minutes into the match.  Terri Wendle made it 2-0 at the 10 minute mark off an an assist from Shante Tremblett. That would be all of the scoring in the first half as the Cobras took a 2-0 lead into intermission.

The lead would remain at two until Catherine McHale scored 62 minutes into the match as Ellie McKenzie earned the assist. Jones scored the final goal of the game in the final minute with McKenzie again earning the
assist.  PC out shot ICC 26-3 on the evening.   

Next up for the Cobras will be a top-10 showdown with #5 Iowa Western (9-1-2) at 4:00 this Friday at Parkland. PC is 1-1-1 this year against the top 10 defeating Monroe College, tying Lewis and Clark, and losing to Iowa Central in overtime. This will be the Cobras final home game of the regular season, but they will be home again in the post-season which starts October 25.

October 6, 2015
The #1 Cobras faced off with #18 ranked and perennial power Illinois Central College this evening at home and swept the Cougars 25-18,25-16, 25-22.

A trio of Cobras led the offense with Laura Gross (10 kills), Hayley Gray (8 kills) and Lizzy Barnard (7 kills) combining for 25 of the PC offense. Sofi Kelemete had a great blocking night with 9 blocks, and setters Jaime Johnson and Kell Lean combined for 36 assists on the night. Barnard, Miaya Peacock and Madison Harpest did an excellent job all night on serve receive and defense while setter Courtney Moritz came in the game at 21-21 to find a kill and wrap up the win.

The Cobras improve to 36-0 overall ahead of the final long road trip of the season to Des Moines, Iowa for four matches including two top 15 match-ups against #13 Kirkwood (IA) and the hosts #4 DMACC.
October 3, 2015
Men's Soccer

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 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
Women's Soccer

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.

will play ICC at home this Saturday in Belleville. 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.   
Oct 1, 2015
Men's Soccer
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.

Sept. 29, 2015
Women's Soccer
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.

Sept. 27, 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.
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)

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