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November 5, 2014

Cyclones hit roadblock in semis

Playing Waubonsee Community College is never an easy task, and the Cyclones hit their biggest roadblock in the NJCAA Region IV semi-finals Nov. 4 when up against the Chiefs.

Moraine Valley’s defense let too many opponents slip past for goals, losing the match 5-0. Although the Cyclones played one of their best games, they couldn’t compete with a team that has averaged 5.1 goals per game this season. Keeper Diana Lozano was busy at the net, saving 26.

November 3, 2014

Cyclones defeat Spartans in penalty kicks

When it comes to playing Elgin Community College, the Cyclones keep things interesting. In the NJCAA Region IV quarter finals Nov. 1, Moraine Valley went into two overtimes and won on penalty kicks to advance to the semi-finals.

Going into this playoff game, the Cyclones had already bested the Spartans in their prior meeting in September, winning 1-0 in overtime. The Cyclones dominated the whole game but struggled to find the back of the net except for their first and only goal by Alexis Delgado. Elgin countered to tie it up through two overtimes. The Cyclones stuck to the plan of making shots on goal to move the goalie for the penalty kicks. Maggie Hacker, Esmeralda Padilla, Delgado, and Alyssa Braun each scored on the penalty kick. In the net, Diana Lozano saved one for the 4-3 victory. She had six saves in regulation time.

Next the Cyclones face conference rival and soccer powerhouse Waubonsee Community College on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

October 27, 2014

Six Cyclones earn pre-playoff honors

Six Cyclones were recognized for their performance this season. Esmeralda Padilla, Kortnie Hanold and Alyssa Braun were named to the All-Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference first team while Alexis Delgado, Maggie Hacker and Diana Lozano had nods to the second team. All-NJCAA Region IV first team honors went to Padilla and Hanold with Braun and Delgado on the second team.

October 23, 2014

Cyclones blanked at home

The Cyclones ended their regular season on Oct. 22, getting shut out by a tough Oakton Community College squad, 2-0. Carly Trinley was at the net and saved 11. Now the Cyclones are preparing for playoffs which start Nov. 1, noon, at home against rival Elgin Community College, a team they defeated in overtime during the regular season.

October 21, 2014

Cyclones make a statement in narrow loss

The Cyclones went into their game Oct. 20 uncertain of what to expect from a tough College of DuPage squad. The Chaparrals tied with Waubonsee Community College, which is the top team in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference, so Moraine Valley knew they’d have at least a battle at home. With the challenge in mind, the Cyclones proved their mettle in a close 1-0 loss.

In the first half, the Cyclones dominated but just couldn't find the back of the net. A penalty kick blocked by DuPage didn’t stop Moraine Valley from holding the score to 0-0 at the half.

The second half was nearly identical to the first. Moraine Valley was in possession of the ball more often than not. With about 12 minutes left, DuPage played a ball through the middle to their forward at half field. It was a foot race where the Cyclones couldn’t catch up or stop the goal in time. But Moraine Valley continued to push. With five minutes left in the game, the Cyclone goalie came out of the box to grab a ball and was given a red card, leaving the team with one less player. The defense stepped it up a notch and didn’t allow any other goals.

October 20, 2014

Cyclones dominate before playoffs

The Cyclones shut out yet another team—their seventh this season—with Daley College becoming the latest victim Oct. 17. Earning their fourth straight win, the Cyclones are gearing up for a couple tough opponents before playoffs begin.

Within the first five minutes of the game, the Cyclones came on strong, and Alyssa Braun scored the first goal. Although the Cyclones possessed the ball for most of the first half, they played rushed, leading to many poor quality shots and zero goals.

With a one-point lead at halftime, the Cyclones nearly lost the shutout which helped the team re-focus. Soon thereafter, Braun scored a second goal which helped get the monkey off the team’s back. Alexis Delgado took a free kick which hit the cross bar and bounced down. Stephanie Aimone ran through the box and finished it for the third goal. The Cyclones then got some help from the Bulldogs. Samantha Reyes saw the ball bouncing out of the box, took a couple touches and aimed towards the net. The ball deflected off one of the eight defenders in the box and in for a fourth Cyclone goal. Kenya Torres took the ball close to the box and earned a foul, which resulted in another free kick. Delgado took this again which bounced off the cross bar where Kristina Cypser finished it to seal a 5-0 victory. Diana Lozano took over in the net and saved five.

October 16, 2014

Cyclones playing strong

In one their best performances all season, the Cyclones defeated an always competitive Morton College squad. The women in green won 3-1 on Oct. 15.

The players moved the ball well, had a great passing game, took numerous shots on goal, and communicated well. At the seven-minute mark, Maggie Hacker scored the first goal, which held until the second half. Twenty minutes in Morton tied it up. The Cyclones kept pushing and eventually went ahead with a goal by Diana Lozano with 14 minutes left. Esmeralda Padilla gave the Cyclones some insurance with the final goal two minutes later. Hacker and Alyssa Braun had assists while keeper Allison Nash saved four.

October 14, 2014

Second straight shutout

In their second matchup in less than a week, the Cyclones continued their domination of Prairie State College. Between both games, Moraine Valley has shutout the Pioneers and scored nine goals. Their most recent 4-0 victory was on Oct. 13.

Alyssa Braun had a big game, scoring three times with Esmeralda Padilla getting the fourth goal. Kortnie Hanold had an assist.

October 9, 2014

Cyclones blank Pioneers

There was nothing but domination Oct. 8 as the Cyclones overtook Prairie State College in a 5-0 victory. The goals came early and often thanks to two players. Alyssa Braun (Shepard) scored three times while Cecia Esquivel scored the rest. They had help from Denise Ruiz, Maggie Hacker and Diana Lozano who had assists.

October 2, 2014

Another tough blow

The Cyclones suffered another setback Oct. 1 in a 5-2 loss to a tough College of Lake County team.

Despite playing well, the Cyclones gave up four goals in the first half alone. But it wasn't a blowout. Alyssa Braun scored both goals unassisted keeping Moraine Valley in the game. Diana Lozano took over at the net for a second game, saving eight for the night. Kristina Cypser also spent some time as keeper.

September 29, 2014

Setback for Cyclones

The battle was back and forth Sept. 28 between the Cyclones and Madison College, but ultimately Moraine Valley came out on the short end, losing 3-2. Maria Gabino and Maggie Hacker scored with an assist from Samantha Reyes. Diana Lozano was back in the net, saving one for the game.

September 25, 2014

Boyer saves 22 in shutout loss

It’s never fun to lose, but the Cyclones have battled and lost against some tough teams including their recent 3-0 loss Sept. 24 to Lake Michigan College.

In only their third loss of the season, it was one of the hardest matchups to date. Within the first four minutes of the game, the Cyclones gave up a goal. Not to be outdone by an early setback, Moraine Valley continued their defensive push and did not allow any more goals in the first half while taking some shots of their own.

After halftime, the Cyclones came out strong putting the pressure on. Fifteen minutes in, Moraine Valley earned a free kick. Esmeralda Padilla crossed the ball toward Lake Michigan’s box and Maggie Hacker missed the goal on the first attempt. Alejandra Hernandez-Lopez attempted a second shot that the goalie saved. Without a point on the board, the Cyclones lost some steam but never gave up an offensive drive. Unfortunately, Lake Michigan scored two more times with 20 minutes left. Alexis Boyer had a huge game for the Cyclones, saving 22.

September 22, 2014

Cyclones deny Bulldogs

The Cyclones faced South Suburban College for the second time this season (Sept. 20), confidently defeating the Bulldogs 3-0.

This was a tough game for the Cyclones because after their last encounter, a 9-3 win, they were confident in an easy win. The first half yielded zero goals for Moraine Valley with some missed opportunities.

Around five minutes into the second half, Maggie Hacker headed in a cross to score the first goal. Once the Cyclones scored, they relaxed and scored 15 minutes later with Alyssa Braun finishing a ball that was crossed in from Alexis Delgado. The Cyclones scored their final goal with 10 minutes left in the game. Braun scored again off a great play and pass from Maria Gabino. Alexis Boyer saved three in her fourth shutout.

September 18, 2014

Cyclones win in OT

It might have taken some extra minutes, but the Cyclones came out ahead Sept. 17 in an overtime match with Elgin Community College to end a losing skid.

The teams were matched, and Elgin looked to counter the entire game. Moraine Valley possessed the ball often and early, but couldn't find a goal. Kristina Cypser nearly scored in the first 10 minutes as did Alexis Delgado, who had a shot from the outside that made the goalie work. Although the Cyclones gave up a few dangerous chances to the Spartans, keeper Alexis Boyer came up with big saves to maintain a 0-0 stalemate.

At halftime, the Cyclones tried not to over pursue the net. Moraine Valley continued to pressure and slowly break down Elgin. In the last 10 minutes Maggie Hacker made a good shot, but it hit the crossbar.

In starting overtime, the Cyclones made sure to keep pressuring a tired Elgin squad. Less than two minutes in, Diana Lozano beat a defender down the side of the field, looked to hit the ball across the box, which ended up finding the back of the net for the win. Alexis Boyer finished with eight saves and her third shutout.

September 15, 2014

Cyclones fight through loss

Although the Cyclones dropped their game on Sept. 13 to Southwestern Illinois College, the 5-0 score alone doesn’t indicate the way Moraine Valley performed on the field.

Southwestern Illinois is ranked #6 in the nation, but the Cyclones never gave up during the match. The coaches made sure the players were in the defensive mindset, were looking for counter attacks and worked to maintain a 0-0 score in the first half. For the first 20 to 25 minutes the Cyclones played solid and kept the score deadlocked at 0, frustrating their opponents. An unfortunate Cyclone breakdown let the first goal in. Then Southwestern had a cross that Moraine Valley tried to clear, but went in the goal instead. The letdown of losing two goals kept the Cyclones off center for a few minutes, allowing a third goal to finish the half.

The Cyclones came out in the second half playing well and seeing some chances to score. Southwestern found two more openings to score with only 14 minutes left in the game, but still had to deal with a tough defensive block. Alexis Boyer helped keep the Cyclones from suffering an even larger deficit by saving 22 in the net. The rest of the defense played well including Kortnie Hanold, Xitaly Mandujano, Esmeralda Padilla, Kathleen Gribbon, and Sam Reyes

September 11, 2014

Cyclones struggle to stop Chiefs

The Cyclones faced their always tough rival, Waubonsee Community College, on Sept. 10 and took a beating. Moraine Valley lost the contest 7-1.

Maggie Hacker scored the lone goal with an assist from Alejandra Hernandez-Lopez. Alexis Boyer had her work cut out for her this game, saving 18 in the deluge.

September 9, 2014

Offense on fire in shutout

The offensive fire combined with a blockade of defense helped the Cyclones tack on another win Sept. 8 with a 7-0 shutout of Daley College.

It took nearly 18 minutes before the Cyclones found the net, but once they did, the goals kept coming. Moraine Valley had four by halftime. Cecia Esquivel scored twice while Alyssa Braun, Alexis Delgado, Esmeralda Padilla, Maggie Hacker, and Aileen Zermeno each scored once. Alejandra Hernandez-Lopez, Maria Gabino, Hacker, and Braun had assists. Alexis Boyer’s job was easy at the net this game thanks to the defensive barricade.

After this game, Braun was ranked #12 in the NJCAA Division I in scoring with six goals and two assists.

September 8, 2014

Cyclones play smart to shut out Trojans

The Cyclones continue to play off their opponents mistakes and gel as evidenced by a shutout of Triton College on Sept. 6. Both teams hadn’t put a loss on their record to date.

Right from the start the Cyclones were moving the ball well and weren’t looking to force the offense. That patience paid off with a cross from Maggie Hacker to Alyssa Braun for a goal within six minutes. The duo would score again before the 15-minute mark as Hacker pressured the defense into missing a clearance of her pass to Braun, who found the back of the net again. In the 39th minute, Kristina Cypser scored off a cross from Diana Lozano, who played a nice game on the outside. Just before the half ended, Braun scored her third goal off a pass from Kenya Torres. The Cyclones were sitting comfy with a 4-0 halftime lead.

The goal for the second half was defensive minded, and the team responded to the challenge. Additional goals were unnecessary, and the Cyclones played disciplined ball to hold Triton scoreless. Denise Ruiz had a shot after receiving a cross from Esmeralda Padilla to seal the 5-0 win.

This latest victory was an all-around team effort. Alexis Boyer had eight saves at the net, and the defense of Kathleen Gribbon, Samantha Reyes, Kortnie Hanold, Xitlaly Mandujano, and Liliana Cabrera were starting to gel as a unit. Alexis Delgado and Alejandra Hernandez-Lopez turned in solid efforts in keeping Triton out of the defensive zone.

September 2, 2014

Cyclones dominate Bulldogs

The offense was on fire Aug. 30 as Moraine Valley dominated South Suburban College in a 9-2 victory.

Before the game, the coaches stressed taking advantage of mistakes, evidenced by five unassisted Cyclone goals. Maybe due to some pre-game jitters, Moraine Valley played a little flat before freshman Maggie Hacker was fouled in the box and scored off a penalty kick. After earning that first goal, the Cyclones continued scoring in a well-balanced effort. The team gelled, especially the defense that included sophomores Kathleen Gribbon and Sam Reyes and freshmen Kortnie Hanold, Xitlaly Mandujano, Liliana Cabrera, and Alexis Boyer. Freshman Alexis Delgado had an excellent game on both sides of the ball. She owned the left side of the field and wreaked havoc, beating the outside back the whole time and crossing the ball in.

All the goals were built up well and off pressuring the ball. Freshman Alejandra Hernandez-Lopez scored off a cross from Hacker, and sophomore Alyssa Braun scored unassisted in the first half as did freshman Kristina Cypser with 14 second left on the board.

Coming off the bench both Cypser and Esmeralda Padilla scored unassisted in the second half along with Denise Ruiz, Cecia Esquivel, who had an assist from Braun, and then Braun who was assisted by Esquivel.

Boyer played well in the goal distributing the ball, communicating with the defense and saving two.

August 22, 2014

Cyclones looking to break through in 2014

In his 10 years managing Cyclones’ women’s soccer, Jim Knawa has not had the high number of athletes come out for the team as he did this year. Not only were the numbers good, but the quality of players and recruiting efforts have all the makings of a successful 2014.

There’s a nice balance of athletes that can and will alternate from forward and midfield, which includes the nine returners. In addition to some walk-ons, Knawa credits his assistant coach James Kline for recruiting five top players in the off-season. Although Moraine Valley bid farewell to 2013 All-Region and All-Conference player Patricia Tuxford, who is now playing at Calumet College of St. Joseph, the three captains include returning All-Conference players Katie Gribbon (Marist) and Samantha Reyes (Marist) along with Diana Lozano (Richards). Alyssa Braun (Shepard) played for the Cyclones in 2012 and was the second leading scorer with eight goals and seven assists. She should be a big offensive contributor.

The Cyclones’ ace in the net will be newcomer Alexis Boyer (Tinley Park). She’s one of the top keepers in the south suburbs and fills a position Moraine Valley typically struggles to occupy. Kristina Cypser (Shepard), Cecia Esquivel (Eisenhower), Alexis Delgado (Reavis), Kortnie Hanold (Shepard), and Alejandra Hernandez-Lopez (Reavis) were the recruited players, most of whom will alternate with forward and midfield positions. Delgado and Maggie Hacker (Sandburg) will add some speed to the team with the offense looking to Hacker for some scoring power. Transfer student Esmeralda Padilla (Kelly/Daley College) will lend some experience at midfield and defense while Xitlaly Mandujano (Hubbard) has a good read on the ball.

There’s a lot of flexibility in this year’s squad and more balance among all positions. The players have been bonding and putting in extra workouts at the new Health, Fitness & Recreation Center, all of which should pay dividends this year, Knawa said.

“If we can put some goals in and work the ball in the middle of the field, then we’ll do good things,” Knawa said. “We have our usual tough competition from Lake County and Waubonsee, but I definitely hope to improve from last year (6-7-1 record).”

July 6, 2014

Cyclones sign fifth recruit

The Cyclones wrapped up signing players in the off-season by acquiring Eisenhower grad Cecia Esquivel.

For four years, Esquivel was a strong contributor to her team. “Cecia was an outstanding forward. She was a four-year varsity player and was very committed to the team,” said her Eisenhower coach Beth Smolenski. “She always showed up ready to work, willing to try new ideas and made those clutch game plays when needed.”

This quick forward has versatility that will be a bonus to a skilled Moraine Valley squad.
“Cecia wraps up a very talented recruiting class this year. We had some concerns about entering the recruiting game late this year, but ended up landing five solid recruits,” said assistant coach James Kline. “Cecia was the icing on the cake. She brings experience, a love of the game and more dynamic speed to our team. Last year we struggled with numbers while having a full roster of talented girls. Depending on how Cecia handles the transition from high school to college, she allows us to either insert her in the starting lineup or bring her off the bench as a reserve without dropping our level of play. I’m excited that she chose Moraine Valley for the next two years, and we hope she scores a lot of goals for us.”

June 20, 2014

Shepard players sign with Moraine Valley

The Cyclones added two more athletes to their squad by signing forward/midfielder Kortnie Hanold (left) and forward Kristina Cypser from Shepard High School.

Kristina has the motor wanted in every player. “In the games I saw her play, she never stopped running. She put the other teams under pressure from her hustling. Not only is it great to have a player with that motor, but I also can see it rubbing off and pushing the rest of the team to try to match her effort. We are very excited to have her playing with us and not against her,” said assistant coach James Kline.

Kortnie has a very physical style of play and is a player whose work ethic is second to none. “Kortnie is another talented player we’ve added to an already very talented recruiting class. I’m excited to see what she brings to the program,” Kline said. “We’ve added some size with Kristina and Kortnie, which will make us more dangerous offensively on free kicks and corners. Neither girl shies away from trying to get their head on the ball for a goal which is always a great thing to see.”

May 29, 2014

Two Reavis players sign with the Cyclones

The Cyclones signed two players this week from Reavis High School—Alexis Delgado (midfield) and Alejandra Hernandez (center-mid)—who will join the Moraine Valley family this fall.

Delgado (pictured on left) was a two-year varsity starter at Reavis. She has dynamic speed, great first touch, is left-foot dominate, and is focused and determined not only in games, but practice as well. “Getting a player with Alexis’ talent is huge for our soccer program. Her style of play is very exciting to watch,” said assistant coach James Kline. “Her understanding of the game makes her a very difficult matchup for other teams. We expect her to compete for a starting spot from day one and are excited to have her as a Cyclone for the next two years.”

Hernandez was a three-year varsity player for the Rams. She can distribute the ball well and has the skills to be dangerous to face on the field. “With her signing, we continue to add depth to our squad. Her personality is going to be great for the team. On her signing day, you could tell how excited she was to get started and put her stamp on this program,” Kline said.

The Reavis soccer program prepared the duo well. “Alejandra has a passion for the sport and looks to grow as a player. Alexis only came into the sport as a sophomore in high school, but has an instinctual understanding of the game,” said Reavis girls’ soccer coach Phil Basile. “On behalf of the Reavis soccer program, athletics and school as a whole, we wish these two the best of luck as they advance both their playing careers as well as their educational endeavors. Go Cyclones!”

May 27, 2014

Cyclone signs with Calumet College of St. Joseph

Two-year Cyclone defender Patricia Tuxford (Richards) is now part of the Crimson Wave at Calumet College of St. Joseph. She signed to play soccer and complete her education at the Indiana institution starting this fall.

While at Moraine Valley, Tuxford was an All-Conference player for two years and named to the All-Region team this past season.

“Trish was a two-year starter for me and was one of my co-captains last season. She is a very versatile player with great soccer skills. Her presence on the field motivated her teammates to play at a higher level of competition,” said head coach Jim Knawa.

While at Calumet, she intends to major in Sports and Exercise Science, but she will be missed at Moraine Valley.

"Trish was an easy choice to be the anchor of our defense. Losing her is going to be tough on the team due to her determination and leadership on the field,” said assistant coach James Kline. “Calumet signed a very talented player. I see a bright future for her athletic career and wish her the best."

July 7, 2014

Cyclones looking for players

The women’s soccer team is looking for a few more athletes to fill out the squad for the fall season. All interested full-time Moraine Valley students should attend conditioning on Monday, Aug. 4, 9:45 a.m., at the game field behind Building P. Tryouts are on Wednesday, Aug. 13, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. All interested athletes must have a physical completed by Aug. 1. Moraine Valley is offering free physicals on July 27 for enrolled students.

For more information, contact head coach Jim Knawa at or assistant coach James Kline at

April 22, 2014

Soccer players needed

Thinking about playing soccer for the Cyclones women's team? The 2014 squad is looking for players. Athletes must be full-time students at Moraine Valley in the fall. For information on joining the team, contact head coach Jim Knawa at (708) 974-5237 or
Practice for the 2014 season will begin in August.

2013 Season

Season Record: 6-7-1
Conference Record: 2-3-1
Region IV Record: 3-3-1

All-Region IV first team: Patricia Tuxford
All-Conference first team: Katie Gribbon and Tuxford
All-Conference second team: Yesenia Galvan and Samantha Reyes

Day Date Opponent Location Time W/L
Wed. 8/28 Elgin Community College* Away 4 p.m. L 1-3
Sat. 8/31 South Suburban College Home Noon Postponed
Wed. 9/4 College of DuPage Home 4 p.m. L 0-6
Sat. 9/7 Lincoln College
Home Noon L 0-8
Mon. 9/9 Harper College Away 4 p.m. Canceled
Wed. 9/11 College of Lake County* Home 4 p.m. L 0-9
Sat. 9/14 Triton College Away Noon W 3-0
Tues. 9/17 Morton College* Away 4 p.m. T 1-1 (2 OT)
Wed. 9/18 Prairie State College* Home 4 p.m. Postponed
Sat. 9/21 South Suburban College Away Noon L 1-2
Wed. 9/25 Prairie State College* (continued) Home 4 p.m. W 5-1
Fri. 9/27 Joliet Junior College Home 4 p.m. Canceled
Mon. 9/30 Daley College Home 4 p.m. W 6-0
Wed. 10/2 Oakton Community College* Away 4 p.m. W 2-1
Mon. 10/7 Prairie State College Home 4 p.m. W 4-0
Wed. 10/9 Waubonsee CC* Home 4 p.m. L 0-6
Fri. 10/11 Joliet Junior College Away 3:30 p.m. Canceled
Mon. 10/14 Conference Make Up TBA 3:30 p.m. N/A
Sat. 10/26 Region IV Play-in Game TBA TBA N/A
Tues. 10/29 Region IV Quarter Finals vs. Elgin Community College Away 3 p.m. W 2-1
Sat. 11/2 Region IV Semi Finals
 vs. College of Lake County
Away Noon L 0-6
Sat. or Sun. 11/8 or 9 Region IV Championship TBA TBA N/A
Tues.-Sun. 11/19-24 NJCAA National Tournament Away TBA N/A

* Denotes Conference Game

November 5, 2013

Cyclone defense was on the ball this season

The soccer season ended far too soon for the Cyclones, but improvements throughout the year, a couple of impressive games and a strong team bond made 2013 worthwhile.

It was a slower start for the Cyclones, one where they allowed 26 goals in the first four matchups. Once the players settled into their positions they felt the flow of the game and gelled, said coach Jim Knawa. This season saw fewer Cyclone goals than last year in part because the defense was so strong. By mid-season the Cyclones allowed just five goals in seven games.

The strength of the defense laid with All-Region IV and All-Conference player Patricia Tuxford (Richards), Jill Kossifos (Mount Assisi), and All-Conference players Kathleen Gribbon (Marist) and Samantha Reyes (Marist) along with keeper Diana Lozano (Richards). Lozano, not originally a goalkeeper, learned the position and grew stronger throughout the season, stepping up her game.

Although the Cyclones finished with an overall 6-7-1 record and 2-3-1 Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference record, they surprised a couple of tough competitors. Morton College, one of the top conference teams, was held to a 1-1 deadlock after two overtimes. The Cyclones also stepped up their game in the Quarter Final match with Elgin Community College, a team they lost to early in the season, and defeated 2-1 to advance to the Semi-Finals. Moraine Valley was defeated in the Semi-Finals on Nov. 2 to end their year.

“I would have liked to do better, and we weren’t where I wanted us to be offensively. But we did win games where some teams looked better on paper,” Knawa said. “They played better than their element at times and surprised a lot of people. This close-knit team really bonded. I’m proud of them.”

Offensive production is high on the list of priorities next season, which is a challenge when a majority of the feeder Southside high school teams focus on defense. With the potential return of this year’s freshmen and the recruitment of some offense, the Cyclones should have strong legs to stand on in 2014.

November 4, 2013

Cyclones fall in Semi-Finals

After a narrow win over a tough Elgin Community College squad in the NJCAA Region IV Quarter Finals, the Cyclones were excited for a chance to face College of Lake County again in the Semi Finals. And that’s where their season ended.

The Cyclones were shut down and their offense stunted in a 6-0 loss. Lake County has the top women’s soccer teams in the region, and the Cyclones fought every step of the 90-minute match, said coach Jim Knawa. By halftime, Moraine Valley was only down 2-0, surprising the powerhouse Lancers. In an attempt to boost an offensive drive, some players were moved around and the goalkeepers were switched, but to no avail. The Cyclones played with heart to end their season.

October 30, 2013

Time off helps Cyclones advance to Semi-Finals

All the Cyclones needed was a little time off—roughly three weeks—to help them win their Quarter Final game Oct. 29 over number four seeded Elgin Community College and advance to the Semi-Finals on Nov. 2.

At just eight minutes into the game, Moraine Valley trailed 1-0. Leti Diaz then scored the tying goal with an assist from Maria Gabino with 23 minutes left in the first half. The game winner was scored with 22 minutes on the clock after halftime from an unassisted goal by Stephanie Aimone.

Yesinia Galvan, Ines Tepepa, Roxanne Milan, and Janelle Walters had a great day on the offensive side of the ball. The defensive unit of Patricia Tuxford, Jill Kossifos, Kathleen Gribbon, Samantha Reyes, and keeper Diana Lozano played well and shut down numerous scoring opportunities from a very physical Elgin team. Lozano was stellar in the net, turning back 10 shots in the Cyclones 2-1 victory.

Moraine Valley faces a tough challenger in number one ranked College of Lake County on Nov. 2 at noon.

October 10, 2013

Cyclones blanked

The Cyclones offense was shut down and the team shut out Oct. 9 in their final conference game of the season before playoffs. Moraine Valley couldn’t keep up with Waubonsee Community College, falling to the Chiefs 6-0.

October 8, 2013

Cyclones shut down Pioneers

It’s been a good run these last seven games for the Cyclones. Not only are they on a four-game win streak with their latest 4-0 shutout of Prairie State College on Oct. 7, but they also reached .500 and have only allowed five goals while scoring 22, going 5-1-1.

Yesenia Galvan had a good night, scoring twice. Leticia Diaz and Antonia Zaper scored the other two while Stephanie Aimone and Samantha Reyes assisted. The defense by Diana Lozano, Patricia Tuxford, Jill Kossifos, Samantha Reyes, and Kathleen Gribbon stilted the Pioneers’ offense.

The Cyclones are currently in fourth place in the NJCAA Region IV playoff seeding out of nine teams. With one game left against conference rival Waubonsee Community College, a win will determine whether Moraine Valley hosts the first round playoff game.

October 3, 2013

Third straight for ’Clones

The Cyclones earned their third straight win on Oct. 2, going 2-1 over Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference rival Oakton Community College and leveling out their conference record, 2-2-1.

Although the season started out rough, the Cyclones seem to have found their rhythm. Antonia Zaper scored both goals with an assist from Kathleen Gribbon. Keeper Diana Lozano was busy at the net with five saves.

October 1, 2013

Cyclones finding their stride

It has been a teeter-tauter season for the Cyclones. They started out going 0-4, scoring only one goal and allowing 26. Since Sept. 14, the team has gone 3-1-1, scoring 16 and allowing only four. Their latest shutout was a 6-0 win Sept. 30 over Daley College.

Leticia Diaz, Maria Gabino, Antonia Zaper, and Patricia Tuxford each scored while Stephanie Aimone had two goals. Kathleen Gribbon, Yesenia Galvan and Tuxford had assists while keeper Diana Lozano had two saves.

The improvement on the field is due in part to some positional and tactical moves which have favored team play. The defense has been solid with Lozano at the net and defenders Tuxford, Jill Kossifos, Gribbon, and Samantha Reyes putting on the pressure. Gabino leads the team is scoring with five followed by Aimone with four. Tuxford and Galvin are the assist leaders with three each. Lozano has allowed only four goals in the last five games.

September 26, 2013

’Clones grab first conference win

The Cyclones’ first meeting with Prairie State College on Sept. 18 was postponed due to weather, but Moraine Valley didn’t let the time off slow them down. When the two reconvened their game on Sept. 25, the Cyclones went to work, grabbing their first conference win this season, 5-1.

Maria Gabino, Janelle Walters and Leticia Diaz each scored. They were assisted by Yesenia Galvan, Jill Kossifos and Diaz.

Both keepers saw some action, splitting the game. Diana Lozano gave up one and saved two.

September 23, 2013

Cyclones denied by Bulldogs

The defense was on while the Cyclone offense struggled in a 2-1 loss Sept. 21 to South Suburban College. Maria Gabino scored the lone goal with an assist from Janelle Walters. Diana Lozano had one save at the net.

September 18, 2013

Cyclones step it up to halt first place Panthers

It was go time, and the Cyclones slowed down the first place team in NJCAA Region IV—Morton College. Going into double overtime on Sept. 17, Moraine Valley tied 1-1 with the Panthers.

“Obviously this was the best game of the season. The girls really stepped up and played 110 percent against the first place team,” said head coach Jim Knawa.

The game was tied at zero until the 70th minute when Morton scored. Instead of giving up, the Cyclones persisted until Patricia Tuxford passed the tying goal to Maria Gabino, who scored with three minutes left.

The defense was on their A-game, especially keeper Diana Lozano, who turned away 19 of 20 shots. Defensive players Tuxford, Jill Kossifos, Samantha Reyes, and Kathleen Gribbon played remarkably as a unit. Yesenia Galvan, Stephanie Aimone, Leticia Diaz, and Antonia Zaper had a strong outing keeping pressure on Morton's defense.

September 16, 2013

Cyclones shut out Triton in first season win

The Cyclones grabbed their first win, a shutout, Sept. 14 as they out-maneuvered Triton College, 3-0. Stephanie Aimone, Antonia Zaper and Maria Gabino scored the goals while the latter two also assisted. Diana Lozano had five saves for the duration of the game.

September 12, 2013

Rocky times for Cyclones

The Cyclones’ woes continued on Sept. 11 in another shutout loss. This time they fell 9-0 to College of Lake County. Keeper Diana Lozano guarded the net the entire game, saving 12.

September 9, 2013

Cyclone offensive struggles continue

The Cyclone offense continued to struggle Sept. 7 in a painful 8-0 loss to Lincoln College. Despite the bombardment of goals, Roxanne Milan saved seven during the entirety of the game.

September 5, 2013

Cyclones shut out

The Cyclones had a rough go on their home field Sept. 4 where they were shut out, 6-0, by College of DuPage. There were some near misses while Roxanne Milan stayed busy at the net, saving 10.

August 29, 2013

Cyclones fall to Spartans

In their season opener on Aug. 28, the Cyclones battled through 90 minutes, but ultimately fell to Elgin Community College, 3-1. Stephanie Aimone scored the lone goal with an assist from Patricia Tuxford. Roxanne Milan was busy at the net saving seven.

August 28, 2013

Good team balance for 2013 Cyclones

A good balance of skill across the board, particularly from the crop of newcomers, will be an asset this season as the Cyclones look for more wins and success in 2013.

With both leading scorers—Michaela Sheeran (Oak Lawn) and Alyssa Braun (Shepard)—gone this year, the returning captains are expected to lead this team on and off the field. All-Conference player Patricia Tuxford (Richards) and defender Jill Kossifos (Mount Assisi) played well last season and will lead their teammates by example and a hard work ethic. Forward/defender Yesenia Galvin (Maria) also returns along with Roxanne Milan (Beecher), as the Cyclones’ lone goalkeeper.

The new Cyclones come from a variety of high schools, each bringing a similar skill-set for a nice blend on the field. They include forwards Stephanie Aimone (Andrew), Leticia Diaz (Argo), Maria Gabino (Hubbard), Diana Lozano (Richards), Janelle Walters (Shepard), and Antonia Zaper (Argo); defenders Aurora Delgado (Mother McAuley), Ines Tepepa (Argo); and midfielders/defenders Cara Dillon (Marist), Kathleen Gribbon (Marist), Samantha Reyes (Marist), and Kenya Torres (Hubbard).

Coach Jim Knawa likes the dynamic of his team so far and will continue to instill not only a winning attitude, but class, character and sportsmanship, hallmarks of his Cyclone squad each season. “Every year we play hard. We’re here to win, but we’ll do it the right way. So far it’s worked out well,” he said.

Knawa returns for his ninth season at the helm and is joined by new assistant James Kline, who was an assistant for the Cyclones men’s soccer team several years ago.

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 home opener is Saturday, Aug. 31, noon, against South Suburban College.

June 26, 2013
Calling all interested soccer players
Interested in playing soccer for the Cyclones women's soccer team? The 2013 squad has some openings. Potential players must be full-time students at Moraine Valley in the fall. Athletes should contact head coach Jim Knawa at (708) 974-5237 or

Practice for the 2013 season will begin in August.

2012 Season

Season Record: 6-7-2
Conference Record: 2-3-1
All-Region IV second team: Monserrat Espinosa and Michaela Sheeran
All-Conference first team: Espinosa and Sheeran
All-Conference second team: Stephanie Navarette and Patricia Tuxford

Day Date Opponent Location Time W/L
Sat. 8/25 Concordia University (scrimmage)  Home Noon N/A
Mon. 8/27 Triton College
Home 4 p.m. W 8-0
Sat. 9/1 South Suburban College Away  Noon W 4-2
Wed. 9/5 College of Lake County*
Away 4 p.m. L 0-2
Fri. 9/7 Trinity Christian College JV Home 4 p.m. L 2-4
Mon. 9/10 Joliet Junior College Home 4 p.m.
Wed. 9/12 Prairie State College* Away 4 p.m. W 1-0
Sat. 9/15 Truman College Home Canceled  
Mon. 9/17 Morton College* Home 4 p.m. L 2-3
Thurs. 9/20 Prairie State College Home 4 p.m. T 3-3 (OT)
Sat. 9/22 South Suburban College Home  Noon W 6-3
Mon. 9/24 Joliet Junior College Away 4 p.m. L 2-3
Sat. 9/29 Daley College Home Noon Canceled
Mon. 10/1 Harper College
Home 3:30 p.m. W 6-1
Wed. 10/3 Waubonsee CC* Away 4 p.m. T 1-1 (2 OT)
Mon. 10/8 Elgin Community College*
Home  3:30 p.m. W 2-0
Wed. 10/17 Oakton Community College* Home 3:30 p.m. L 1-2
Sat. 10/27 Region IV Playoffs vs. Waubonsee C.C. Away Noon L 1-2
Tues. 10/30 Region IV Semi Finals TBA 3 p.m. N/A
Sat. 11/3 Region IV Championship
Mon.-Sat. 11/12-17 NJCAA National Tournament
Melbourne, FL

*Denotes Conference Game

October 31, 2012
Cyclones fight to the end; wrap up 2012
It’s not how you start, but how you finish that matters. The women’s soccer team fought and improved with every game this year, even in a first-round elimination Oct. 27 in the NJCAA Region IV playoffs to end the season.

The Cyclones played their typical defensive style of soccer with the strength of defenders Monserrat Espinosa (Hubbard), who also was a captain, Stephanie Navarette (Shepard), Yesenia Galvan (Maria), Jill Kossifos (Mount Assisi), and keeper Ashley Solus (Richards). The defense grew stronger as a unit all year, understood their role and greatly contributed. Although there were no blowout losses and some blowout wins, there were disappointments. Solus had another season-ending injury in the second to last game. The Cyclones also had a below .500 average. Going 6-7-2 overall and 2-3-1 in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference for fifth place wasn’t where the team wanted to be at the end.

“We didn’t finish where I expected, and I wanted a positive in the wins. I was disappointed that we got knocked out of the playoffs, but I set the bar high with the incoming players,” said coach Jim Knawa. “That being said, we had some good games and some that could have gone either way. We were in every game this year, we just had some unlucky bounces, missed shots, shots wide, and some that hit the crossbar. We were solid offensively.”

While many opposing teams play more physical and offense-based soccer, the Cyclones focus on defense and maintain sportsmanship at all times. “I have high standards for how the players act on the field. I tell them to keep their head in the game and that acting up on the field is not what this team is about,” Knawa said. “As long as we show improvement, that’s what I look for. Tactically we improved in all areas, and if we had two more weeks we could have gotten even better. The players gelled as a team, increased their teamwork, stuck together, and bonded.”

Many players stepped up this season. Captain Michaela Sheeran (Oak Lawn) repeated as the leading scorer with nine goals and eight assists followed by Alyssa Braun (Shepard) with eight goals and seven assists. Karla Lopez (Hubbard) and Angelina Brcic (Reavis) each had five goals and two assists while Patricia Tuxford (Richards) scored two goals with seven assists. Espinosa and Sheeran were named to the All-Region second team and All-Conference first team; Navarette and Tuxford got a nod to the All-Conference second team.

With seven sophomores moving on, there will be some gaps to fill, but the freshmen will be a good base to build from in 2013.

October 29, 2012
Playoff run ends for Cyclones
The Cyclones needed a win to advance to the NJCAA Region IV semi-finals, but came up short Oct. 27 in a narrow 2-1 loss to Waubonsee Community College to end the season.

Moraine Valley fought until the end, as they did with every match. Angelina Brcic scored the lone goal with assists from Patricia Tuxford and Alyssa Braun. Keeper Roxanne Milan played tough with six saves.

October 18, 2012
One last bump before playoffs
In their last game before playoffs, the Cyclones battled Oct. 17, but came up just short in a 2-1 loss to Oakton Community College.

Natalie Patrzyk scored the lone goal with 14 minutes left, assisted by Patricia Tuxford and Alyssa Braun. With starting goalkeeper Ashley Solus out for the season with a broken finger, Roxanne Milan started at the net, saving six.

October 9, 2012
Cyclones make interesting push to playoffs
The Cyclones improved to 4-2-2 over the last eight games to make a push to the playoffs interesting with their most recent 2-0 win over conference foe Elgin Community College on Oct. 8.

Ashley Solus and the defense were superb, as Solus turned back 22 shots over 90 minutes. Natalie Patrzyk scored her first goal of the season with 16 minutes remaining in the second half, and Michaela Sheeran scored her team-leading ninth goal with two minutes left in the game to solidify the victory.

October 4, 2012
’Clone defense steps it up
Cyclones defense stepped up Oct. 3 in a conference battle with NJCAA Region IV defending champs Waubonsee Community College, and after two overtimes held the score to a 1-1 tie.

Patricia Tuxford scored the lone goal with an assist from Michaela Sheeran. Ashley Solus was superb at the net with help from defenders Stephanie Navarette, Yesenia Galvan, Monserrat Espinosa, and Jill Kossifos. Solus saved 15 over 110 minutes of play.

October 2, 2012
Big offense yields Cyclones win
The Cyclones had a resurgence in offense Oct. 1 with a 6-1 win over Harper College. Within a 30-minute span in the first half, Moraine Valley scored all six goals and held the lead throughout the game for the win. Angelina Brcic and Alyssa Braun each scored twice while Michaela Sheeran and Guadalupe Ruiz scored one apiece. Ana Valdez and Gosha Skora had a couple assists each and Karla Lopez added one. Keepers Ashley Solus and Roxanne Milan each had a save.

September 25, 2012
Cyclones succumb in second half
Unlike their last meeting, Moraine Valley kept pace with Joliet Junior College on Sept. 24, but fell 3-2 at the last minute.

The Cyclones scored early in each half, but the Wolves broke a 2-2 tie with a minute remaining in the match. Michaela Sheeran and Alyssa Braun scored the goals with assists from Patricia Tuxford and Braun. Once again, keeper Ashley Solus was fierce at the net the entire game, saving nine.

September 24, 2012
Nasty weather can’t stop ’Clones
The Cyclones brought their record back to .500 with a 6-3 win over South Suburban College on Sept. 22, amid rough weather conditions.

By halftime the Cyclones led 3-0 and scored two more within the first four minutes of the second half. Lupe Ruiz and Natalie Patrzyk had strong games in the midfield. Captain Michaela Sheeran scored three goals with the other three knocked in by Patricia Tuxford, Ana Valdez and Alyssa Braun. Tuxford had two assists while Sheeran and Karla Lopez each had one. Keeper Ashley Solus held the Bulldogs scoreless in the first half and Roxanne Milan had her shot at the net in the second half allowing three goals.

September 21, 2012
’Clones end in deadlock
The Cyclones played regulation time and then some on Sept. 20, ending their match with Prairie State College in a 3-3 tie.

Prairie State scored first, but Moraine Valley answered back with two, thanks to Alyssa Braun and Jessica Zambrano, to take the lead at halftime. Jill Kossifos and Michaela Sheeran earned the assists. The Cyclones fell behind 3-2 but tied the game with four minutes left to play. After two overtimes and a collective 12 saves by keeper Ashley Solus, the game remained deadlocked.

September 18, 2012
Cyclones denied by Panthers
The Cyclones came up just short Sept. 17 in a 3-2 loss to Morton College. Captain Michaela Sheeran scored both goals with assists from Patricia Tuxford and Yesenia Galvin. Keeper Ashley Solus worked the net for 90 minutes, saving 15.

September 13, 2012
’Clones shut down Pioneers
The Cyclones brought their record to .500 with a 1-0 win on Sept. 12 over Prairie State College. Sophomore Karla Lopez scored the lone goal unassisted in the second half. Ashley Solus saved six in her 90 minutes of action at the net.

September 11, 2012
Cyclones shut out
The Cyclones offense faltered Sept. 10 in a 2-0 loss to Joliet Junior College at home Sept. 10. Keeper Ashley Solus (Richards) had her work cut out for her with eight saves.

September 10, 2012
Defense can’t stop Trolls; Cyclones ranked nationally
It’s still early, but the Cyclones were dealt their second loss on Sept. 7 at home, falling 4-2 to Trinity Christian College JV.

Ana Valdez (Reavis) scored for the Cyclones in the first half with an assist by Tricia Tuxford (Richards). The Cyclones came close in the second half to catching Trinity with a second goal by Jessica Zambrano (Kennedy). Ashley Solus (Richards) was blocking balls left and right, saving 10 in her 70 minutes of play. Roxanne Milan (Beecher) also had time at the net in the first half with each keeper allowing two goals.

On Sept. 5 the Cyclones were dealt a surprise in hitting the NJCAA Division I polls. The team is ranked 20th nationally.

September 6, 2012
’Clones fall in conference opener
In their first conference match of the season, the Cyclones fell just short Sept. 5, losing 2-0 to College of Lake County. Keeper Ashley Solus (Richards) worked hard the entire game, saving nine.

September 2, 2012
Rain can’t stop Cyclones
Playing in a constant downpour Sept. 1, the Cyclones stayed tough and defeated South Suburban 4-2.

Angelina Brcic (Reavis) and Yesenia Galvan (Maria) each scored a goal while Alyssa Braun (Shepard) scored two. Three assists went to Michaela Sheeran (Oak Lawn). Ana Valdez (Reavis) also had a solid offensive game. The first South Suburban goal was scored by Moraine Valley after an errant pass deflected off one of the Cyclones defenders into their own net.

Jill Kossifos (Mount Assisi) stepped up on defense playing for injured Monse Espinosa (Hubbard). She had an outstanding game, using her speed, along with defenders Trisha Tuxford (Richards), Lupe Ruiz (Tinley Park) and Stephanie Navarette (Shepard). Aiding the effort was keeper Ashley Solus (Richards) who turned back five of six shots on goal.

August 28, 2012
Cyclones post a shutout in season home opener
It only took 90 seconds to score, but it led to the Cyclones first win and shutout of the season. The Cyclones trounced Triton College 8-0 at home on Aug. 27.

With seven minutes left in the first half, the Cyclones were up 1-0 and left it 3-0 by halftime. The team scored five more goals in the last 25 minutes to secure the victory.

Defense was key in this match thanks to co-captain Monse Espinosa (Hubbard), Stephanie Navarrete (Shepard), Lupe Ruiz (Tinley Park), and Trisha Tuxford (Richards), who held Triton to one shot on goal.

Karla Lopez (Hubbard) scored four goals in a 24 minute-span in the second half to spark the offense. Co-captain Michaela Sheeran (Oak Lawn) along with Ana Valdez (Reavis), Angelina Brcic (Reavis) and Ashley Solus (Richards) scored the other goals. Alyssa Braun (Shepard) had four assists, while Sheehan and Bricic each had two.

August 23, 2012
A balanced squad ready for success in 2012
Coming off their best season in 2011, including eight shutout games and a 12-5-1 record, the Cyclones are poised to build off that success, especially with a number of returning sophomores.

Captains Michaela Sheeran (Oak Lawn), who was the 2011 leading scorer, and Monserrat Espinosa (Hubbard), the best defender from last year, took charge in practices and look to be strong leaders. The team’s second leading scorer, Angelina Brcic (Reavis), also returns along with fellow midfielders Karla Lopez (Hubbard) and Gosha Skora (Reavis) and top defender Stephanie Navarrete (Shepard). The Cyclones are lucky to have goalkeeper Ashley Solus (Richards) back this season. She ended 2011 with a hand injury along with eight shutout games but is ready to play.

Joining the Cyclones is a nice core of athletes who will balance out the sophomores. Midfielder Guadalupe Ruiz (Tinley Park) has the most powerful kick on the team and can work on the offensive and defensive side of the ball as well as stop opponents entering Moraine Valley’s zone. Alyssa Braun (Shepard) had 25 goals her senior year in high school and should be a scoring force with Sheeran. Having additional scorers will be a benefit, said head coach Jim Knawa. Patricia Tuxford (Richards) should add to the defense, typically a source of strength for the Cyclones. Forward Ana Valdez (Reavis) also will be an asset with her good control of the ball. Solus will have some backup at the net with freshman keeper Roxanne Milan (Beecher) in the lineup.

“I’m pretty optimistic. I like what I see so far. It’s a nice blend of different talents and we’re more balanced than last year. It’s also nice to have a couple keepers,” Knawa said. “The incoming freshmen have some good experience which will help us build off last year’s success. Our defense really kept us in games last season, and although we lost two defenders this year, we picked up some good players.”

Knawa has a new assistant coach this season in Laura Turk. She is a former Cyclones and has previously coached high school soccer.

June 29, 2012
Cyclones looking for players
The women's soccer team still has a few openings for players for the fall season. Any interested athletes should contact head coach Jim Knawa at (708) 974-5237 or
Practice for the 2012 season begins on Monday, Aug. 13.