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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 knawaj@morainevalley.edu.

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.
 0-2
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
TBA TBA N/A
Mon.-Sat. 11/12-17 NJCAA National Tournament
Melbourne, FL
TBA TBA N/A

*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 knawaj@morainevalley.edu.
Practice for the 2012 season begins on Monday, Aug. 13.