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).
The Parkland Women picked up their second consecutive shutout as they blanked M-WAC rival Illinois Central College 4-0 on Wednesday afternoon in Champaign.
The (11-2) Cobras got on the board just 8 minutes into the match as Ginyce Haywood scored off a Catherine McHale assist to give the Cobras the early lead. McHale would make it 2-0 as she scored at the 32 minute mark off a pass from Kaljit Atwal. With just over a minute remaining in the first half, Anna Krehbiel would find the back of the net with an assist to Marie Lukusa at halftime.
The second half was played a much slower pace but the Cobras’ Atwal scored an unassisted goal with just 15 minutes left to make it 4-0. Parkland had 27 shots on the afternoon to just 8 for ICC.
Parkland will travel south to take on #6 Southwestern Illinois (9-0-2) on Saturday in a Region 24 showdown. Parkland would virtually wrap up the top seed for the Region 24 tournament win a win but would drop to 3rd with a defeat.
The Men stepped out of conference for a mid-week match and knocked off South Suburban 3-1 in South Holland.
After a sloppy start which lead to an early 1-0 Bulldog lead just seven minutes into the match, Parkland finished the half with a flourish. Zack Allevi received the ball at midfield and was able to turn and find Jonathan Lukusa who calmly slid the ball under the goal keeper to tie the match. Two minutes later the same combination gave the Cobras the lead as Allevi found Lukusa again who ran through the keeper and slid the ball into the empty net for a 2-1 PC lead at intermission.
The duo of Lukusa and Allevi were not done yet as this time they flipped roles as Lukusa picked up the assist when Allevi took his pass in the box and drove the ball home for a 3-1 lead. Both teams were aggressive over the final 20 minutes but strong defensive play by Claudio Galbraith, Prince Nimy, and Jacob Sanders kept the Bulldogs off the board.
PC improves to (10-2) with the win and will wait for a Saturday afternoon showdown with Illinois Central (11-1). ICC beat PC 3-1 earlier this season. The winner of Saturday's match will take control of the M-WAC standings and will move closer to securing the top spot in the upcoming Region 24 tourney.
A day after dropping a hard fought match the women rebounded on Sunday for a 2-0 win over Iowa Central in Ft. Dodge, Iowa. The win moves the Cobras to (10-2) on the season ahead of a Wednesday 4:00 home showdown against Region 24 and M-WAC rival Illinois Central College.
On Sunday the Cobras jumped out on top at the 20 minute mark as Catharine McHale scored off an assist from Davia Morrison. It would be Morrison's turn to score just eight minutes later as she found the back of the net off a pass from Marie Lukusa.
Leading 2-0 at the half, the Cobras could not add to their lead in the second half but continued playing with a high energy level keeping the Tritons off the scoreboard. Parkland finished the match with 17 shots, 9 on goal, while Iowa Central had just 8 chances, and 4 on goal.
The #1 Cobras concluded play at the Vincennes Showdown with matches versus Vincennes University (IN) and Cincinnati State CC (OH).
In the morning match, Parkland exhibited a high level of volleyball skills with tough serving, pinpoint serve receive and kills, digs and blocks to sweep the Trailblazers 25-14, 25-13, and 25-10. The Cobras set a team high .451 hitting percentage with 41 kills, 9 errors on 71 attempts. Lizzy Barnard led the way with 8 kills, Lori VanBeek had 7 and Alayna Jackson and Teigan Flaws had 6 apiece. PC also had a season high from the service line with 14 aces with Miaya Peacock securing 3 on her own and Kaitlyn Hunt had 12 digs in the match.
In the second match, the Cobras swept a much improved Cincinnati State team 25-15, 25-22, 25-20. VanBeek had 11 kills in the match and Elise Dahlke had 8. Kailey Kleinert had 5 blocks for the defense in the front row while Hunt had 17 digs to lead the back row effort. Madison Weldon and Morgan Hickman led the setting effort with a combined 34 assists in the match.
Parkland improves to 33-2.
The #2 Iowa Western scored twice in a five minute period in the second half as they outlasted #18 Parkland 2-0 in Council Bluffs Iowa. The Reivers, who have now outscored their opponents 50-2 this season, improve to (10-0-1) while the Cobras drop to (9-2).
After the two teams battled to a scoreless first half, it was IW who broke the tie as Brianne Richards scored 15 minutes into the second half. Just five minutes later Lady Tiriat would connect to make it 2-0 and the Cobras were unable to cut into the Reivers lead. IW outshot PC 18-6 on the afternoon including 9-4 on shots on goal.
The #1 Parkland Cobras traveled to the Vincennes Showdown in Vincennes, Indiana for a quartet of matches on Friday and Saturday.
In the opening round match, the Cobras faced (20-3) Division 1 Wallace State out of Alabama who entered the afternoon with a 15 match winning streak. PC came out red hot winning the first set 25-9, but Wallace State settled down on serve receive and utilized some high flying middles and right side to overpower the Cobras 22-25 and 24-26. Libero Kaitlyn Hunt then had to leave the match with flu-like symptoms and Miaya Peacock stepped in admirably at libero while Kelly Lean took her shot to set the offense and both succeeded in helping the Cobras win the remaining sets 25-20 and 15-11 to earn the match win 3-2. A quartet of Cobras notched double-digit kills with Lori VanBeek (18), Lizzy Barnard (14), Teigan Flaws (13) and Elise Dahlke (11) as the Cobras had a season high 68 team kills and hit .342. Alayna Jackson led the blocking effort with 9 while Hayley Gray and Barnard had 4 each. Despite being sick and not playing the final sets, Kaitlyn Hunt still had a team-high 18 digs and Barnard had 14. Madison Weldon had 29 assists, 4 aces and 12 digs in the match while Morgan Hickman had 14 assists and Kelly Lean had 12.
In the second match, the Cobras swept Sinclair CC of Ohio 25-14, 25-20, 26-24. VanBeek had 10 kills while Jackson, Peacock, and Kailey Kleinert had 7 kills each. Jackson and Kleinert had 5 blocks each, Ayla Dew had 13 digs, while Hunt had 12 and Peacock 10. Weldon finished with 19 assists, Hickman 12 and Lean 7.
Before a packed house and an exuberant student section the #7 ranked Illinois Central Cougars upended #1 Parkland 3-1 ending the Cobras 21 match winning streak. The Cougars won the match 25-22, 21-25, 25-20, and 26-24 to take the lead in the Region 24 standings.
The crowd helped take the Cobras out of their normal confident and passionate approach and used a strong defensive effort to upset the visitors. Reilly Dunne lead the attack for ICC just missing a triple double with 10 kills, 10 digs, 8 blocks, and 3 aces. ICC had 13 blocks in the match to consistently frustrate PC at the net.
Parkland was led by Lori VanBeek who paced the offense with 14 kills and 8 blocks. Earlier in the day, VanBeek had been named the NJCAA D-2 Volleyball Player or the Week. Alayna Jackson had 9 kills, and Teigan Flaws had 7 kills and 8 blocks. Madison Weldon had 24 assists on the evening, and Morgan Hickman had 9. Lizzy Barnard had 20 digs and Kaitlyn Hunt had 19 for the Cobras.
Daniel Kadima scored with just over 2 minutes remaining to give the #22 Cobras a 4-3 win over Lincoln College. The Cobras started the match at a fast pace, scoring just four minutes in. Zach Allevi found Jonathan Lukusa who slid the ball under the goal keeper to give the Cobras a 1-0 lead.
With the match tied, Andreas Chalbaud delivered the perfect pass to Allevi who blasted his kick into the net for what could only be described as the goal of the season. Again the Cobras would control the match but the Lynx connected on a free kick from 30 yards out with only 30 seconds to go in the half to tie the game at the break.
The second half was a more evenly played as Lincoln countered the Cobras attack with long 50 yard kicks. The Lynx on just their third shot on goal of the match made it a perfect 3 for 3 as a cross was not cleared properly and Brian Wercheck would score his second goal of the afternoon as his ball went through numerous players leaving the PC goalie stranded in goal.
The Cobras showed their never say die attitude as they continued to fight before finally tying the score with just 15 minutes left. Manny Rios found Daniel Kadima just inside the box and Kadima smashed the ball home for a 3-3 tie. Lincoln tried to kill the clock late in the game and force the contest to overtime but after Lukusa had his effort blocked inside the six yard box, Manny Rios came up with the loose ball and found Kadima wide open at the back post for the game winning goal.
The win moved Parkland to (9-2 over-all 5-1 in the M-WAC and 3-1 in Region 24). The Lynx fall to (2-6-1 2-3 and 0-1-1). The Cobras are off until October 7 when they travel to take on South Suburban in a non-conference match.
The men could not defend their M-WAC title as Illinois Central College won the 2014 championship by 10 strokes over the Cobras and Lewis and Clark. The one-day 36-hole event was hosted by ICC at Lick Creek Golf Course in Pekin. The Cougars rode a 2-under par 142 from freshman Ethan Brue to win the title for the third time in four years. ICC fired a 303 in the opening round to lead PC by six strokes and followed that up with a 306 to win comfortably.
Dom Knight 75-78 153
Nick Berger 79-77 156
Joe Powell 81-77 158
Jack Niebrugge 82-76 158
David Gerig 75-87 162
Next up for the Cobras will be the Butler University Invitational October 6-7 at Highland Country Club in Indianapolis.
The #1 ranked team traveled to southern Illinois for a series of matches on Saturday. The Cobras started their day with a pair of games in Belleville and wrapped up the day with a match in Ina against Rend Lake.
In the 11 am match the Cobras faced off against the McKendree JV winning by the scores of 25-14, 27-25, and 25-16. The PC offense was balanced with birthday girl Lizzy Barnard notching 7 kills, Lori VanBeek 6, and the group of Alayna Jackson, Kailey Kleinert, Teigan Flaws, Hayley Gra, and Elise Dahlke each finishing with 4. VanBeek and Kleinert added 6 blocks while Flaws and Rowan Crozier each tallied 5. Madison Weldon had 15 assists and Kelly Lean 14 while Miaya Peacock had a career high 17 digs.
In the 1 pm Region 24 match against Southwestern Illinois College, PC cruised to another 3-0 win by the scores of 25-16, 25-15, and 25-13. VanBeek caught fire with 12 kills and 0 errors on 15 attempts to go along with 7 blocks. Flaws had 8 kills and Dahlke 7 with no errors on 15 attempts as well. Weldon finished with 18 assists while Morgan Hickman had 14. Barnard led the way with 15 digs and Peacock added 10.
Following the two matches the Cobras drove back to the middle part of southern Illinois to take on another Region 24 foe, Rend Lake College. Once again PC was ready, taking control early in a 25-7, 25-16, and 25-17 sweep of the Warriors. Jackson paced the offense with 8 kills, Ayla Dew and Crozier 6 apiece. Hickman came up with 17 assists while VanBeek had 5 blocks and Madison Harpest and Dew each finished with 10 digs.
The wins improve PC to 29-1 ahead of a Wednesday night Region 24 showdown at #8 Illinois Central in East Peoria. The winner of that match will virtually assure themselves the top seed in the Region 24 Tournament to be held the first weekend of November at SWIC.
Both the men's and momen's soccer teams came away with victories on Saturday as the #20 Men beat M-WAC rival Heartland 3-1 while the Women won at St. Louis CC 2-0.
The men’s team improved to (8-2 4-1) today with an impressive win over conference rivals Heartland. Parkland opened the scoring midway through the first half when Daniel Kadima found Jonathan Lukusa in the box and he calmly slotted the ball home to give the Cobras a 1-0 lead. Parkland controlled much of the half but the Hawks goal keeper denied Lukusa on his second chance and PC took their 1-0 lead into the break.
Parkland increased their lead just 12 minutes into the second half, as Daniel Kadima showed some electrifying speed to break through the Heartland back line and his shot hit the inside of the post before going into the back of the net. The Cobras third goal came in the 68th minute, this time Zach Allevi got in behind the back line and he fired a ball across the face of the goal and it was met by Brennan Crose who tucked the ball home to give the Cobra's a 3-0. Heartland did grab themselves a consolation goal with 4 minutes left following a quick break from a Parkland corner. Parkland outshot the visitors 28-9 on the afternoon, including a 14-6 margin on shots on goal. The win gives PC a regular season sweep of the Hawks having beat them 3-2 in Normal earlier in the fall. The Cobras will continue M-WAC and Region 24 action on Wednesday when they travel to Lincoln College for another important match.
The women stepped out of conference and region play on Saturday for a non-conference tilt at St. Louis CC. The two teams battled to a scoreless first half time despite the Cobras controlling the tempo. It didn't take long in the second half however as the Cobras took advantage of an Archer's penalty to put the first goal on the board. Davia Morrison was fouled and Emily Bushue converted the penalty kick for the 1-0 lead. 28 minutes in, PC would score their second goal of the afternoon as Monica Armendariz found the back of the net on an assist from Morrison. Parkland had 24 shots during the match but were limited to just the two goals. The Cobras (8-1 2-1) return to action on Tuesday afternoon with a 4:00 match versus Lincoln College in Lincoln.
The #1 Cobras traveled to Springfield to face region and conference foe Lincoln Land CC. Lincoln Land is a fast improving team that had won 8 of its last 10 matches.
LLCC matched the Cobras early in the first set, but Parkland pushed ahead and didn't look back for the 3-set sweep in scores of 25-20, 25-15,and 25-16. Alayna Jackson had the best match of her freshman season with 8 kills and a season high record of 14 blocks. Teigan Flaws paired up with Jackson several times for 10 blocks if her own to go along with 5 kills. Lizzy Barnard and Lori VanBeek each had 7 kills. Kaitlyn Hunt did an excellent job in the back row for the Cobras with a team-high 16 digs, and Madison Harpest (16) and Madison Weldon (14) led an aggressive serving attack scoring 30 points in total on their serve. Weldon also did a nice job running the offense with 17 assists and Morgan Hickman had 10.
The Cobras helped celebrate Coach Cliff Hastings birthday with the win and improved to 26-1 overall and 3-0 in the M-WAC. PC travels down to Belleville on Saturday for 11am and 1pm matches vs McKendree JV and Southwestern Illinois before then traveling over to Ina that evening for a 6pm match vs Rend Lake.
Mahomet Seymour graduate Catherine McHale scored two first half goals to help lead the Parkland Women to a 3-1 win over Kaskaskia in a Region 24 match-up in Centralia. McHale got the Cobras on the board early as she scored 14 minutes in off a pass from Maddie Martin. Just two minutes before half, McHale connected again, this time on a Kaljit Atwal assist.
Kaskaskia would make a match of it in the second half as they scored just seven minutes into the half to cut the Cobra lead to 2-1 but 12 minutes later Ginyce Haywood hit the back of the net off a feed from Marie Lukusa to put PC back on top by a pair. The Cobras would have several more scoring opportunities but could not take advantage but still held on for the important Region 24 win.
The victory move the Cobras to (7-1 2-0 in the Region) while KC drops to (7-2 and 2-2). Parkland will hit the road again on Saturday when they travel to play St. Louis CC.
The Cobra men's soccer team got back to their winning ways defeating conference rivals Lincoln Land Community College. The match started with Gracson Torres coming close to scoring after great work down the left side by Zach Allevi. It was Allevi who created the games only goal as he cut into the box and was foulded for a penalty kick. Andreas Chalbaud stepped up and slotted the ball home. Parkland had several other chances to score as Jonathon Lukusa and Feli Keti caused problems for the Loggers defense, but were unable to find the back of the net.
The win moves PC to (7-2 3-1) ahead of a M-WAC and Region 24 showdown this Saturday with Heartland starting at 1:00 in Champaign.
The Golf team placed 5th in the Cougar Classic held at Harborside International Golf Course in Chicago. The Cobras shot (310-311 621) for the 36 holes. Valparaiso won the event (293-291 584) by four strokes over Wisconsin-Green Bay (297-291 588). Parkland's low score was carded by Dom Knight with a 150. Nick Berger and David Gerig both shot 75 on Tuesday for the low scores of the day for PC. Next up for the Cobras in the M-WAC Tourney on Sunday at Lick Creek Golf Course in Pekin. Parkland is the defending champions.
Dom Knight 72-78 150
Joe Powell 74-79 153
Nick Berger 81-75 156
David Gerig 85-75 160
Jack Niebrugge 83-82 165
Sam Cash 84-83 167
Freshman Dom Knight fired an opening round even-par 72 and is tied with Valparaiso's Nick Seitz for the first round lead of the Chicago State Cougar Classic held at Harborside International Golf Course in Chicago. The Cobras are the lone two-year college in the field which features 7, 5 man teams as well as 10 more individuals. Cobra sophomore Joe Powell shot a 74 on Monday and finds himself just two strokes off the lead. The team will tee off again at 8 am on Tuesday for the final 18 holes of the 36 hole event.
Nick Berger 81
Jack Niebrugge 83
Sam Cash 84
David Gerig 85
The Cobra Women's Soccer team scored early and often as they blanked the Trinity University JV 7-0. Three different players each scored two goals apiece as Parkland improved to 6-1 on the year.
Marie Lukusa scored the first goal of the afternoon just one minute in as she found the back of the net with an assist to Kaljit Atwal. Just two minutes later Ginyce Haywood made it 2-0 off a Maddie Martin assist. Davia Morrison would score an unassisted goal to give PC a 3-0 lead just 5 minutes into the match. Haywood would score again midway into the half as Atwal assisted and Catherine McHale would score her first goal of the day on another Atwal assist as PC grabbed a 5-0 lead at the half.
The Cobras had several golden opportunities to score in the second half but it would be McHale scoring her second goal of the day at the 63 minute mark as Anna Krabiehl assisted. Marie Lukusa picked up her second goal and Atwal her fourth assist with just over 10 minutes left to round out the scoring. The Cobras out shot the visiting Trolls 30-0 on the day in earning the win.
Parkland will return to Region 24 action on Wednesday when they travel to Centralia to take on Kaskaskia College.
In PC's first match, the Cobras faced a rematch with #18 Muskegon. PC defeated Muskegon 3-1 in the first tournament of the season, and the rematch proved even more difficult in a fun 3-2 victory 25-23, 22-25, 25-9, 22-25, 15-12. Lori VanBeek had a career high 20 kills and notched 7 blocks. Teigan Flaws joined VanBeek in double-digit kills with 13. Ayla Dew and Alayna Jackson both had 7 kills in the match. Kaitlyn Hunt led the defense with 24 digs, and Lizzy Barnard had 17 to go along with 4 service aces. Madison Weldon notched 25 assists while Morgan Hickman had 18.
In the nightcap, PC swept Rock Valley 25-11, 25-17, 25-15. VanBeek had 10 kills and 5 blocks, Miaya Peacock had 6 kills and Kailey Kleinert had 5 kills and 5 blocks. Weldon had 10 assists, Kelly Lean had 9 and Hickman 8. Madison Harpest had 7 digs in the match.