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CHAMPAIGN — The sequel produced the same result as the original, and for the Parkland men's soccer team, that was just what the Cobras needed.

For the second time in the last week, Parkland knocked off Southwestern Illinois, with the latest result — a 4-2 home triumph during Wednesday's Region 24 Tournament quarterfinals — keeping the Cobras quest alive for a second national tournament appearance in the span of three seasons.

Still, Parkland (12-2-1) has a while to go to make that plan come to fruition.

First, the third-seeded Cobras have to win two more games at the Region 24 tournament, starting with Friday's 2 p.m. semifinal tilt in Godfrey against second-seeded Illinois Central (9-3-2).

Unlike its previous match against the Blue Storm (5-14-1), Parkland grabbed the early lead when Ivai Warella redirected a lofted pass from Josef Halcolmb at the top of the 25-yard box over the goalkeeper's head in the 26th minute.

Zachary Gowlett doubled the Cobras' advantage in the 41st minute, and notched his second tally in the 72nd minute to put Parkland ahead 3-0.

Freshman Christian Contreras, a Centennial product, made his first start of the season at goalkeeper for Parkland.

"We started pretty slow, again, but this time, we kept them off the scoreboard, which was a pretty big difference," Parkland coach Mark Sikora said. "It was nice to see, in a positive way, that we scored the first goal and kept building from there."

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