Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Champions
Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference
NJCAA Region IV Runners-Up
October 31, 2012
Cyclones finish up in playoffs
Another tough season is down in the books for the Cyclones. Things just didn’t go their way this year, but several freshmen players, and sophomores, had some shining moments that bode well for 2013, including a team trip to Spain in the spring.
A shallow roster, smaller team and some absences took a toll, leaving the Cyclones with a 4-7-2 overall record and 1-4-2 Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference record. They ended the season in the first round of playoffs on Oct. 24. Nearly every game was tight. The team was close and bonded well, playing hard every game. “We fought until the very end. They gave it their all in every match; they tried,” said coach Chuck Bales. “We have some very good players. Pawel Rychtarczyk (Reavis) is quality through and through. He’s a fighter and the reason we got the wins we did and stayed in games. He was a threat.”
Aside from Rychtarczyk, there were few starting sophomores to lead the way, but they were strong. Edward Vallejo (Reavis) was a talented ball passer while captain Kris Dolinsky (Indiana) made sure the team was together. A task master, he did the small things so everyone was on the same page in training and games. Those sophomores will be missed, Bales said.
Along with freshman captain Luis Navarrete (Shepard), who “worked his socks off,” Bales said other freshmen who played “fantastic” this season—Jair Castanon (Reavis), Marko Enciso (Reavis) and Joe Mastej (Highland)—will make a difference in next year’s squad. Often times it’s hard to field any goalkeepers, let alone quality ones, but the Cyclones had four. Freshmen Max Boyso (Eisenhower), Jonathan Caratachea (Eisenhower), Tom Rice (Shepard), and Mousa Sheikh (Reavis) all made some noise at the net. “They were all fantastic. They were mature, responsible players, and it was hard not to have them all play every game,” Bales said.
For their efforts, Rychtarczyk earned All-Conference first team honors while Dolinsky, Navarrete and Vallejo were named to the second team.
“It was a difficult season with a small roster, but because we played so many freshmen for the whole season, the outlook for next year and the experience of the returners will be high,” Bales said.
October 25, 2012
One last hurrah for Cyclones
The Cyclones hit the NJCAA Region IV qualifier finals on Oct. 24 ready to play, but missed some scoring opportunities and couldn’t get the ball past with Elgin Community College, falling 1-0.
October 10, 2012
Tough road for ’Clones
Lacking four starters on Oct. 9, the Cyclones fell 2-1 to the College of Lake County. Kris Dolinsky scored the lone goal from a penalty kick.
October 8, 2012
Cyclones fall to Chaparrals
In only their second shutout of the year, the Cyclones fell 4-0 to College of DuPage on Oct. 6. Overall the team played well, except for three poorly uncharacteristic individual mistakes that directly lead to goals.
October 3, 2012
It’s a draw for Cyclones
The Cyclones had another stalemate Oct. 2, this time with conference rival Waubonsee Community College. The game ended at 2-2. Greg Healy and Pawel Rychtarczyk continued to lead the offense by scoring for the Cyclones.
October 1, 2012
Cyclones shut out
Although they played well on the field, the Cyclones did not get the results they wanted Sept. 29. Moraine Valley lost 1-0 to South Suburban College. The game was very close, and the Cyclones came close to scoring, hitting the crossbar three times.
September 26, 2012
Deadlock for Cyclones
Some big changes in the Cyclones lineup due to injuries could have deterred the team, but they fought through double overtime to a 2-2 tie with Elgin Community College at home on Sept. 25.
The Cyclones gave up a couple uncharacteristic goals in the first half, but scored two thanks to the team’s scoring machine Pawel Rychtarczyk. He was assisted by Greg Healy and Kris Dolinsky. The score was unchanged after halftime, and although the Cyclones dominated play they were unlucky in front of the net.
September 24, 2012
’Clones shut out Kishwaukee
A windy and cold field would be no match for the Cyclones on Sept. 22, who handily defeated Kishwaukee College 2-0. Both goals were scored by Pawel Rychtarczyk with an assist by Jair Castanon. The second goal was a free kick.
September 19, 2012
Cyclones succumb in second half
In their last meeting in the 2011 season, the Cyclones knocked Oakton out of the playoffs in a thrilling penalty kick shootout. Both teams met again on Sept. 18, but this time Moraine Valley fell short.
The Cyclones were up 1-0 after the first half thanks to a goal by Luis Navarrete with an assist by Deya Elayyan. Once the second half started, Moraine Valley lost momentum and allowed three goals in the first 15 minutes, eventually taking the 5-1 loss.
September 17, 2012
Cyclones shut down MATC
There wasn’t much excitement in the Cyclones 4-0 win on Sept. 14 over Madison Area Technical College, as Moraine Valley was a dominating force on the field.
Within the first 18 seconds of the game, Pawel Rychtarczyk scored the first goal with the assistance of Jair Castanon. Greg Healy, Joe Mastej and Kris Dolinsky scored the other three.
September 12, 2012
Cyclones handle Scots
Cyclones offense was on its A-game Sept. 11 in a 4-1 win over McHenry County College at home.
Solid defending and quick counterattacks were no match for McHenry, which the Cyclones outplayed in the first half. The Cyclones had at least an additional four shots on target stopped by the goalkeeper. A mistake by the Cyclones keeper allowed the lone goal for McHenry. In the second half, Moraine Valley became more lax, but was able to hold off additional goals by the Scots for the win.
Pawel Rychtarczyk led the offense with two goals, while Greg Healy scored one. Kris Dolinsky notched one on a penalty kick.
September 7, 2012
Misstep for Cyclones
In a heartbreaker, the Cyclones fell 4-2 on Sept. 6 in an Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference matchup with Prairie State College. The two goals for Moraine Valley were scored in the first half by Lukasz Duda (Reavis) and in the second half by Luis Navarrete (Shepard).
September 1, 2012
Cyclones shut out Wolves
Cyclones defense was on fire Aug. 31 in the team’s home opener against Joliet Junior College. Despite hot and humid conditions, the Cyclones blanked the Wolves 2-0.
All of Moraine Valley’s scoring came in the first half by Pawel Rychtarczyk (Reavis). Defense kept the Cyclones ahead, particularly in the second half with some good saves and blocks by the goalkeeper, Tom Rice (Shepard).
August 29, 2012
Cyclones fall to Panthers
It was an evenly played game for the Cyclones who kept things close with conference rival Morton College. Unfortunately Moraine Valley ran out of time Aug. 28, falling 4-3 in their season opener.
The ball changed hands in a lot of back and forth play with the Panthers up 2-0 before the Cyclones tied it at the half. With 10 minutes left in the second half, Morton scored the go-ahead goal to deal Moraine Valley its first loss of the season.
Pawel Rychtarczyk (Reavis) scored twice and Deya Elayyan (Stagg) scored the third goal for the Cyclones.
August 23, 2012
New players, new system, new year for Cyclones
The Cyclones won some hard fought battles in 2011, finishing as one of the top four teams in NJCAA Region IV. With a number of all-conference and all-region players absent, the squad looks to its four returners, including All-Region and All-Conference forward Pawel Rychtarczyk (Reavis), and some tough incoming freshmen to make some noise on the field.
“There are some very talented new faces. We have a very young team, and I’m taking this as a positive,” said head coach Chuck Bales, who starts his 13th year at the helm. “Maybe this year will be a little tough, but I modified our system of play to help and give us the best advantage. We can build on this and should be in even better shape next year.”
Rychtarczyk was the Cyclones’ leading scorer last year. This fierce competitor has speed on the field that should be a great asset once again. Edward Vallejo (Reavis) was injured toward the end of last season, which was a big loss. He looks healthy, and Bales is excited to have the midfielder back in the lineup. Venezuelan-born midfielder Alan Ward finished his first year looking strong and fast and is expected to continue that momentum. Cristofer Martinez (Hubbard) also returns with hopes of building on his progression and working toward a starting position.
Some of the new talent will come from Stagg grad Greg Healy, who played with the Chicago Fire Academy. He plays midfielder/forward, but can play everywhere on the field. Mike Rusnak (Stagg) also will be key on defense with his intelligent ball-handling. Midfielder Kris Dolinsky (Indiana) has college playing experience from his time at Iowa Wesleyan and should bring his soccer knowledge to the field. Lukasz Duda (Reavis) is a strong forward who also will add to the mix.
This season the Cyclones have three solid goalkeepers in Max Boyso (Eisenhower), Jair Castanon (Reavis) and Mousa Sheikh (Reavis). “We’re going to have good competition in the goalkeeper position,” Bales said.
“It’s going to be tough this year. We’ll be learning a new system that will hopefully cater to the players we have,” Bales said. “Every game will be a chance to figure things out and improve for the next game. We’ll be a strong team, but it’s a long way between now and the end of the season. We’ll have to work hard.”
Rejoining Bales is Nolberto Damian as goalkeeper coach who will be accompanied by new assistant coach Albert Palar.