October 25, 2013
With all the ups and downs, Cyclones pleased with 2013 season
Taking penalty kicks in the qualifier rounds of Region IV playoffs was not the
ideal way to end 2013, but the Cyclones couldn’t be upset with the effort, a
winning record and improved all-around play to cap their year.
Coming from a losing record in 2012, the Cyclones, especially returning players, wanted redemption. They certainly reached that goal with an overall 9-6-1 record and a second place finish in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference thanks to a 4-3 conference record.
“Coming in second was good. This year my main goal was to erase the trauma of last season, get back to winning in the correct way and play good soccer. Our focus was on playing a good passing game, moving around a lot. I recruited well and many returners were hungry because of last year’s disappointment. It all came together quite well,” said head coach Chuck Bales.
In their final game against McHenry County College, the Cyclones had yet to come out of a match goal-less. After two overtimes and a 0-0 score, Moraine Valley fell in penalty kicks, but worked hard every minute. Throughout the year they were never overmatched in any game except one with Morton College when they lost 5-1. With some tweaking, the Cyclones rebounded. Some of the losses were only by one goal, oftentimes just mistakes. Overall the teams in Region IV were so evenly matched that no one could expect easy wins, but Moraine Valley had more than most.
“Overall it was a good season. We found our home base again in terms of how we should play. There were ups and downs, but the downs were in little pockets which are to be expected and almost desirable. You have to be careful with an undefeated team because you wonder when the shoe is going to drop. If we played these games again we could get a totally different outcome,” Bales said. “All the teams in Region IV are so equal, but we didn’t capitulate. After that last loss of the season, the guys were upset, but they can hold their heads up.”
Several players received honors this year including Lutth Tchitembo (international) and Jordy Padilla (Eisenhower), both named to the NJCAA All-Region IV team. They also had nods to the All-Conference first team along with sophomore Greg Healy (Stagg) and team captain Joe Mastej (Highland). All-Conference second team accolades went to Steve Henry (Oak Lawn), Ranulfo Pantaleon (Eisenhower), Patryk Paprocki (Curie), and goalkeeper Chris Vidos (Brother Rice). Mastej and co-captain Jorge Martinez (Reavis) were key in helping the squad come together not only through their work ethic, but with positive attitudes. Bales chalks up some team success to that high team morale and bonding.
Next season if most of the freshmen return, the team will have a solid base to build from. Bales also wants the new Health, Fitness & Recreation Center—scheduled to open in the spring—to be a springboard to help raise the status of the Cyclones.
October 24, 2013
Penalty kicks hurt Cyclones in playoffs
Penalty kicks was not the way the Cyclones wanted to end their season, but that’s how the ball rolled Oct. 23. In the qualifier rounds of Region IV playoffs, the Cyclones faced McHenry County College, a team they beat 2-1 last month. After a full game plus two overtimes, the finale came down to penalty kicks. At that time of night it was colder, darker and the players were at the point of exhaustion. When it comes to penalty kicks, anything is possible, and the Cyclones came up short for their final loss of the season.
October 21, 2013
Cyclones stun Daley
Unlike their previous matchup with Daley College the week before, the Cyclones came through on Oct. 19 to advance to the next round of playoffs. The two teams met in the first round of the NJCAA Region IV qualifier finals with Moraine Valley blanking Daley, 3-0. Greg Healy scored twice with one assist from Luis Navarrete and Patryk Paprocki scored the third goal.
October 16, 2013
Cyclones take second in conference; next stop—playoffs
For the Cyclones, their last regular season game on Oct. 15 was only half an
effort. Despite a strong first half against Daley College, Moraine Valley
couldn’t maintain it, falling 3-2.
The first goal was a Daley own-goal. Greg Healy scored the second goal with an assist from Patryk Paprocki. This left the Cyclones in second in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference, a stronger finale than they’ve had the past couple of years. They start a playoff run on Oct. 23.
October 14, 2013
’Clones blank Cavaliers
The Cyclones grabbed another region victory Oct. 12 when they blanked Kankakee Community College 2-0. Sophomore Marko Enciso scored the first goal unassisted while freshman Leonides Lezama scored with an assist from sophomore Joe Mastej.
October 9, 2013
Tough loss for ’Clones
It was a rough outing for the Cyclones on Oct. 8 as they nearly defeated an
unbeaten Waubonsee Community College squad.
The Cyclones took a 3-2 lead just before the half after being down 2-1 with 12 minutes to go. What really hurt the Cyclones were penalty kicks—two—and a red card for Patryk Paprocki. One penalty kick goal came five minutes into the second half to tie the score. The second came at the end of the game to hand Moraine Valley the 4-3 loss.
October 7, 2013
Cyclones come out ahead
Moraine Valley played the dominating role and stopped a losing skid on Oct. 5 with a 2-1 win over Truman College. Greg Healy scored on a penalty kick while Lukasz Duda scored the second goal with help from Jordy Padilla. The Cyclones would have blanked Truman if not for a soft goal they gave up with five minutes left in the game.
October 2, 2013
Tough loss for ’Clones
The Cyclones couldn’t hold on Oct. 1 in a battle with Elgin Community College, falling 3-2 in the end. Sophomore Lukasz Duda and freshman Leonides Lezama each scored.
September 30, 2013
Cyclones fall to Sandburg
The Cyclones had their first region loss and second loss of the season on Sept. 28 in a tight matchup with Carl Sandburg College. Within the first half, freshman Gilberto Andrade scored a goal with an assist from Greg Healy to tie the game at 1-1. Sandburg made a comeback after halftime to deal the 2-1 loss to the Cyclones.
September 25, 2013
Cyclones shut out Oakton
The Cyclones match up with Oakton Community College on Sept. 24 was a big
game. With both teams vying for the second place spot in the conference, this
meet-up was important. The pressure was on, but Moraine Valley just edged out
Marko Enciso scored the lone goal in the first half and was assisted by Luis Navarrete. After halftime the Cyclones lost some momentum and had to step up the defense. Keeper Chris Vidos made some big stops that could have changed the outcome of the game.
September 23, 2013
Offense thrives in Cyclone win
The Cyclones gave Kishwaukee College a beating on Sept. 21 resulting in a 6-1 victory. Greg Healy was all over the net, scoring three times. Lutth Tchitembo, Gilberto Andrade and Jordy Padilla also scored.
September 18, 2013
Cyclones edge out Scots
The Cyclones played well enough on Sept. 17 and, with a little help from
McHenry County College, grabbed another win, and more importantly another
Patryk Paprocki scored the first goal for the Cyclones while the second was McHenry’s own goal, giving Moraine Valley the 2-1 edge.
September 16, 2013
Cyclones end in deadlock
There was nothing but fight in the Cyclones Sept. 14 as they faced College of DuPage. After no score by halftime, Luis Navarette sliced one in, but not before keeper Chris Vidos gave up a soft goal despite an otherwise solid game at the net. The game ended in a deadlock, 1-1.
September 11, 2013
Clones take down Pioneers
In a tight matchup Sept. 10, the Cyclones were able to eke out a goal for the 1-0 win over Prairie State College. Greg Healy scored unassisted.
September 6, 2013
Cyclones outplayed at home
Despite playing on their home field, the Cyclones were undone Sept. 5 by Morton College, falling 5-1 to the Panthers. Overall, Moraine Valley lacked intensity and drive in this matchup. Freshman Lutth Tchitembo scored the lone goal unassisted.
September 3, 2013
Cyclones notch win
The Cyclones kept things rolling along Aug. 31 with a 3-1 win over Kennedy King College. Steve Henry and Greg Healy each scored unassisted goals while Patryk Paprocki scored the last one with an assist from Healy.
August 28, 2013
First OT match of season lands a win
The Cyclones kicked off their season with a win in their home opener on Aug. 27. It was a nail biter against Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference rival College of Lake County as Moraine Valley took the win, 3-2, in overtime. Fuad Haleem, Patryk Paprocki and Greg Healy scored the goals with assists from Jordy Padilla and Paprocki.
August 26, 2013
Cyclones ready to face 2013
With a team packed with talent, the 2013 Cyclones expect improved play over last season and a better fitness level to sustain them through a playoff run.
Last year the Cyclones’ endurance trailed off at the end of the season during a bombardment of playoff games. This year the coaches are emphasizing better conditioning and focusing on the big picture. As the season progresses, the team will continue to develop and gel. Head coach Chuck Bales hopes that the improved fitness will help at the end of the season in crunch games that matter. They want to be “in it to win it,” in 2013. There’s a talented roster to do so.
Starting with the returners, All-Conference midfielder Luis Navarrete (Shepard), goalkeeper Max Boyso (Eisenhower) and defenders Marko Enciso (Reavis) and Greg Healy (Stagg) should make an impact this season. Newcomers that show a lot of potential include forward Fuad Haleem (Oak Forest), midfielder Jonathan Marquez (Argo), defender Jorge Martinez (Reavis), midfielder Jordy Padilla (Eisenhower), forward Patryk Paprocki (Curie), and siblings from Brother Rice Dan and Chris Vidos, midfielder and goalkeeper, respectively.
“We have some solid soccer grads from area high schools, good numbers and good talent. This is a homogenous group, so there will be good competition among players for spots in the lineup. It’ll be a good season to watch. I’m excited about the group. I have a lot of players to work with and make sure to push them,” Bales said. “We should have a better record than last year, but like always, there are two seasons: the conference and the region.”
The Cyclones will be competing on a new game field this season, west of Building P and the softball field, which was the previous site of the team’s practice fields. Their next game is Saturday, Aug. 31, 2 p.m., against Kennedy King College.