Parkland beats SWIC 3-0

Photo by Ruben Aguilar | The Prospectus  Goal keeper Jenna Ashley dives to keep the ball from entering the Cobras’ goal at the home soccer game against Southwestern Illinois College on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. The Cobras took another victory with a final score of 3-0.

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Goal keeper Jenna Ashley dives to keep the ball from entering the Cobras’ goal at the home soccer game against Southwestern Illinois College on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. The Cobras took another victory with a final score of 3-0.

Jacob Kenter

Staff Writer

The Cobras were locked in a tough defensive battle through the first half of play Thursday afternoon taking a 0-0 tie into the half.

But late in the second half the high-powered Parkland offense showed signs of life scoring three late goals to pull away and secure victory.

“In the second we fixed our little mistakes and our energy picked up,” said Olivia McCafferty, a sophomore defensemen.

Coach John Alford thought a major key to the second half improvement was the team’s great work effort and ability to grind out the tough 50/50 balls.

This win was huge for the Cobras

as it keeps them in contention for the number one seed in the region.

SWIC beat the Cobras last year so getting them back was also nice according to Alford.

Leading the team in scoring with two goals was freshman midfielder Michaela Ward, and adding a third goal was freshman forward Shante Trembled.

After their win Thursday the Cobras improve to 9-1-1 on the season and 4-0 in MWAC play this season.

The team is also ranked number eight in the NJCAA D-1 poll.

Photo by Ruben Aguilar | The Prospectus  Freshman Brittany Johnson hits the ball with her head to get the Cobras closer to the opposing team’s goal. The Cobras won the home game against Southwestern Illinois College on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 with a final score of 3-0.

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Freshman Brittany Johnson hits the ball with her head to get the Cobras closer to the opposing team’s goal. 

The Cobras are working hard to achieve their goal for this season, which is to win the first national championship in Parkland College women’s soccer.

Alford said that for his team to win the championship this season, they need to continue to play tough defense and correct the little mistakes.

With the region fast approaching the team is working hard to achieve the number one seed.

The Cobras are next in action on Oct. 9 at home against Iowa Western at 4 p.m.