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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.