Parkland Men’s Soccer team defeats Heartland, 6-1

Jacob Kenter

Photo by Ruben Aguilar | The Prospectus Alex Zarco chases the ball to the opposing team’s side of the field during the home soccer game Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. After an intense 90 minutes of play, the Cobras defeated Heartland with a final score of 6-1.

Photo by Ruben Aguilar | The Prospectus
Alex Zarco chases the ball to the opposing team’s side of the field during the home soccer game Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. After an intense 90 minutes of play, the Cobras defeated Heartland with a final score of 6-1.

Staff Writer

Not even the rain could cool down the red hot Cobras on their way to a 6-1 victory over Heartland on Sept. 2 at Parkland College.

The match had all the looks of a defense of battle early on, but after 20 minutes of play the Cobras finally got on the board with a goal off of a corner driven home by sophomore defender Jake Sanders.

Soon after that the Cobras had a golden opportunity off of a two on one break that lead to a rebound put back by sophomore forward Jonathan Lukusa.

There were some tense moments toward the end of the first half when Heartland got a goal back, but it was short lived as Parkland put in four unanswered goals in the second half.

Coach Mark Sikora thinks that one of his team’s biggest strengths is they are an extremely fit team.

“One of the teams’ biggest strengths is their speed and ability to wear teams down,” he said.

Being able to play that sort of style is a major advantage for the Cobras going forward this season. Playing at such an up tempo style can be difficult to do; luckily the Cobras are well equipped.

Coach Sikora said they are more than just a good solid 11 players.

That makes it easy to keep players well rested and fit. Being such a deep team bodes well for Parkland because if the game is tight as it gets late they will be able to have fresh players to attack with, Sikora said.

After a victory like the one the team just had, it would be easy to get over confident about what the team can do. But Sikora wants the team to just keep coming out and improving at this point in the season.

The Cobras are currently 4-1-1 through six games this season. Their next home game is Sept. 12 against Kennedy-King