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October 30, 2014

Cyclones end season with excitement for next year

The Cyclones had all the elements for a successful season, but some bad luck roiled the team at the wrong times. The silver lining is that many of the talent is expected to return next year for redemption.

All throughout the season the Cyclones played well, despite an overall 6-8-1 record and 2-4-1 conference record. There were at least four shutout wins and several narrow losses, including the NJCAA Region IV qualifier round (Oct. 18) where Moraine Valley lost to Truman College after an overtime and then penalty kicks to end the season. In that last game, five starters, including the goalkeeper, were out with season-ending injuries and a sixth one went down in that game. The lineup was continuously changing, adjusting and catching up to fill voids. With freshmen comprising 10 of the 11 players on the field against Truman and staying strong into penalty kicks, that bodes well for the 2015 season.

“We couldn’t come back with that many starters down. It was just bad luck. The good part is how we ended the season. With mostly non-starting freshmen on the field we played well and took it as far as we could,” said head Coach Chuck Bales. “They’re all really close, and they’ll have that much more strength next year. No matter how crappy we ended, I can’t help but look forward to next season. I’m excited about next year. If we keep these guys together and eligible, we’ll be good.”

Jose Garcia was the leading Cyclone scorer this season, getting five, followed by Jose Estrada and Jonathan Salas with four each.

October 20, 2014

Cyclones end run in playoffs

The Cyclones’ run in the playoffs was short-lived, but not without excitement. In the NJCAA Region IV qualifying round Oct. 18 both teams battled to a 1-1 tie which lasted through overtime. Jose Garcia scored the lone goal with an assist from Jonathan Salas. Going into penalty kicks, the Cyclones faltered, 4-3, for an ultimate loss.

October 15, 2014

End in deadlock

The relentless stream of rain didn’t shut down the Cyclones Oct. 14, as they deadlocked with Elgin Community College, 1-1. Jose Garcia scored the goal with an assist from Pat Passafiume.

October 12, 2014

Rough road for Cyclones

The Cyclones have run into some recent bad luck. Not only did they get shutout 4-0 on Oct. 11 by College of DuPage but also one of their starting defensive players joined a growing roster of injuries. Ivan Velazquez has been a starter all season but broke his ankle during warmups in a bumpy field. His absence added to the growing depletion on defense.

October 8, 2014

Win streak snapped

The Cyclones had their three-game winning streak snapped on Oct. 7 with a rough 4-1 loss to conference rival Oakton Community College. Jose Estrada scored the lone goal with an assist by Giovanni Sanchez.

October 6, 2014

Cyclones dominate

There was plenty of domination Oct. 4 when the Cyclones ran down Malcolm X College at home for a 6-2 victory. All the goals were scored by first-year Cyclones: Jose Garcia, Jon Peters, Jose Estrada, Michael Arellano, and Jonathan Salas, who scored twice. Ivan Velasquez, Giovanni Sanchez, Salas, and Garcia had assists for the game.

October 1, 2014

Second half boost gives Cyclones edge

For a while on Sept. 30 it looked like the Cyclones would finish the game without a goal, but a second half surge gave Moraine Valley the edge over McHenry County College.

Going scoreless in the first half with plenty of back-and-forth action, the Cyclones had a few missed opportunities including one break away with a wide kick and one offside goal. After 10 minutes in the second half, the Cyclones finally found the net thanks to goals by Przemyslaw Tylka and Jose Garcia with an assist from Jon Peters. Rafal Slomba got the shutout in the net.

September 29, 2014

Clean sheet for Cyclones

There was no doubt who dominated the game Sept. 27 when the Cyclones trumped Truman College 3-0. From the start Moraine Valley had control. Jose Estrada scored twice while Jose Garcia earned the third goal.

September 24, 2014

Late goal hurts Cyclones

The Cyclones took a tough 1-0 loss Sept. 23 late in their game against Prairie State College. Moraine Valley controlled most of the matchup, but was toothless in their attack. The Pioneers scored in the last 15 minutes of the second half, and the Cyclones struggled to activate their attack to score.

September 22, 2014

Cyclones take down Cavaliers

The Cyclones got back on track Sept. 20 with a much needed 3-1 win over Kankakee Community College. Jonathan Salas scored twice in the victory with Jordy Padilla sealing the deal with the third goal.

September 17, 2014

Cyclones fall to Panthers

The Cyclones stepped up their game Sept. 16 against an always tough Morton College squad, narrowly losing the fight 2-1.

Morton had a 1-0 lead going into the 75th minute when sophomore Jordy Padilla scored unassisted to tie the game. With three minutes left, a Panther forward beat the Cyclone defense to a rebound from the keeper to score the winner.

September 15, 2014

Cyclones working out kinks

The Cyclones are still trying to work out the kinks, especially with enough focus and intensity at the start of games. In their second straight loss, Moraine Valley fell 3-1 to Kennedy-King College on Sept. 13.

There were too many defensive errors and mistakes in the first half resulting in three goals for Kennedy-King. Keeper Alan Garcia did make a big stop of a penalty kick. The second half played out much better with less errors on defense and one Cyclone goal by Jon Peters from a free kick by Przemyslaw Tylka.

September 12, 2014

Defense struggles in loss to Bulldogs

The Cyclone defense had some setbacks Sept. 11 in their 3-1 loss to South Suburban College.

Moraine Valley struggled to keep the defensive pressure on the Bulldogs, yielding two goals by halftime. After changing up the system on the field in the second half, the Cyclones scored thanks to Jesus Sandoval with an assist from Giovanni Sanchez. However, another defensive breakdown gave South Suburban a third goal to seal the deal.

September 10, 2014

Cyclones blank Lancers

A free kick late in the first half was all the Cyclones needed Sept. 9 for a shutout win over College of Lake County.

It wasn’t a pretty game as the Cyclones earned a few yellow cards and one red which broke the momentum and rhythm. In the net, Alan Garcia saved a penalty kick in the first half but was red carded for a foul on a player going to goal in the second half, leaving the Cyclones with 10 players on the field. The defense was able to step up, however, and keep the Lancers at bay. Pat Passafiume scored the lone goal with an assist from Jose Estrada.

September 5, 2014

Spit and fire can’t help Cyclones in first loss

There was nothing but fire Sept. 4 in the Cyclones’ latest matchup with Waubonsee Community College. Amide red and yellow cards, Moraine Valley took the tough 2-0 loss.

The keeper initially gave up a soft goal. Two players were out from red cards, leaving the Cyclones short on the field. With nine players and five minutes left in the game, the Chiefs scored a second time against a tired crew. Moraine Valley had several opportunities to score but could not convert.

September 2, 2014

Cyclones shut out Bulldogs

The Cyclones had their home opener Aug. 30 in a head-to-head with Daley College, shutting out the Bulldogs, 5-0.

The offensive attack was strong with goals from freshmen Giovanni Sanchez, who scored twice, and Przemyslaw Tylka as well as sophomores Gilberto Andrade and Jordy Padilla. Assists came from freshmen Jose Estrada and Jesus Sandoval and Padilla and Sanchez. Freshman Alan Garcia kept a tight squeeze on the net for his first shutout of the season.

August 22, 2014

Tight roster shows potential for big things in 2014

Things are looking good for the Cyclones in 2014. Between the talented returners and 20 energetic freshmen, the squad looks ready to surpass their accomplishments last year.

Taking second in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference with an overall 9-6-1 record was respectable in 2013, but Moraine Valley is excited to face a new season to prove their skills and potentially compete in Spain this spring.

“They’re pushing each other and demanding a high level standard of play already. And with our new training facility—the Health, Fitness & Recreation Center—it’s a dream come true. We have everything we need. We have good quality players from the area, and the returners are excited to be back,” said head coach Chuck Bales in his 15th season at the helm.

All of the returning players will be a major asset. The 2013 All-Region player Jordy Padilla (Eisenhower) and All-Conference player Steve Henry (Oak Lawn) are solid athletes along with sophomores Jorge Martinez (Reavis), Leo Lezama (Argo), Gilberto Andrade (Curie), and Jonatan Sandoval (Bogan). Within the group of talented freshmen are three goalkeepers, any of whom could start.

Because of the quality and energy level of these athletes, the Cyclones are going to play more aggressive this season. The players will press more and defend in the opponents’ half of the field; there will be less sitting back and counter attacking, Bales said.

“We’ll have more possession of the ball. It’s very tiring because to some extent you’re chasing,” Bales said. “There’s not much time in the pre-season to prep, but with nearly 30 guys, we can substitute, and everyone is a quality player. We can pull from the bench.”

Additionally, the Cyclones are starting to fundraise for a trip to Spain this March. Moraine Valley has an international sports exchange program, which has enriched the lives of many of the college’s student-athletes. Over the years the men’s soccer team has competed in Rotterdam, Holland; Nürnberg, Germany; and Milan, Italy.