Faith Niebrugge scored four times Sunday to help Parkland College (2-0) beat a ranked opponent for the first time in five years.
Mattoon’s all-time girls soccer goal leader scored four minutes into the game and added a second goal five minutes later before No. 8 ranked South Suburban countered to tie the score by halftime.
Niebrugge scored twice more at the beginning of the second half to help put Parkland ahead 5-2 en route to a 5-4 victory.
“She has a way of finding the back of the net,” said third-year Parkland soccer coach Dan Vogelsand. “Faith is a determined player and always gives 100 percent. When we were recruiting Faith, she fit everything we were looking for in a forward – goal scorer, hard worker, humble, always eager to learn. Faith is always seeking feedback to improve her skills.”
Niebrugge has now scored nine goals in her first two games for the Cobras. She scored an MHS season-record 44 goals her senior year for an all-time school record of 122 goals.
“Faith is having a great deal of success because this team works well together,” Vogelsand said. “This team supports each other and wants to see their teammates succeed. These players trust each other and that goes a long way with allowing players like Faith to play their position well.”