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October 30, 2014

Cyclones end season with excitement for next year

The Cyclones had all the elements for a successful season, but some bad luck roiled the team at the wrong times. The silver lining is that many of the talent is expected to return next year for redemption.

All throughout the season the Cyclones played well, despite an overall 6-8-1 record and 2-4-1 conference record. There were at least four shutout wins and several narrow losses, including the NJCAA Region IV qualifier round (Oct. 18) where Moraine Valley lost to Truman College after an overtime and then penalty kicks to end the season. In that last game, five starters, including the goalkeeper, were out with season-ending injuries and a sixth one went down in that game. The lineup was continuously changing, adjusting and catching up to fill voids. With freshmen comprising 10 of the 11 players on the field against Truman and staying strong into penalty kicks, that bodes well for the 2015 season.

“We couldn’t come back with that many starters down. It was just bad luck. The good part is how we ended the season. With mostly non-starting freshmen on the field we played well and took it as far as we could,” said head Coach Chuck Bales. “They’re all really close, and they’ll have that much more strength next year. No matter how crappy we ended, I can’t help but look forward to next season. I’m excited about next year. If we keep these guys together and eligible, we’ll be good.”

Jose Garcia was the leading Cyclone scorer this season, getting five, followed by Jose Estrada and Jonathan Salas with four each.

October 20, 2014

Cyclones end run in playoffs

The Cyclones’ run in the playoffs was short-lived, but not without excitement. In the NJCAA Region IV qualifying round Oct. 18 both teams battled to a 1-1 tie which lasted through overtime. Jose Garcia scored the lone goal with an assist from Jonathan Salas. Going into penalty kicks, the Cyclones faltered, 4-3, for an ultimate loss.

October 15, 2014

End in deadlock

The relentless stream of rain didn’t shut down the Cyclones Oct. 14, as they deadlocked with Elgin Community College, 1-1. Jose Garcia scored the goal with an assist from Pat Passafiume.

October 12, 2014

Rough road for Cyclones

The Cyclones have run into some recent bad luck. Not only did they get shutout 4-0 on Oct. 11 by College of DuPage but also one of their starting defensive players joined a growing roster of injuries. Ivan Velazquez has been a starter all season but broke his ankle during warmups in a bumpy field. His absence added to the growing depletion on defense.

October 8, 2014

Win streak snapped

The Cyclones had their three-game winning streak snapped on Oct. 7 with a rough 4-1 loss to conference rival Oakton Community College. Jose Estrada scored the lone goal with an assist by Giovanni Sanchez.

October 6, 2014

Cyclones dominate

There was plenty of domination Oct. 4 when the Cyclones ran down Malcolm X College at home for a 6-2 victory. All the goals were scored by first-year Cyclones: Jose Garcia, Jon Peters, Jose Estrada, Michael Arellano, and Jonathan Salas, who scored twice. Ivan Velasquez, Giovanni Sanchez, Salas, and Garcia had assists for the game.

October 1, 2014

Second half boost gives Cyclones edge

For a while on Sept. 30 it looked like the Cyclones would finish the game without a goal, but a second half surge gave Moraine Valley the edge over McHenry County College.

Going scoreless in the first half with plenty of back-and-forth action, the Cyclones had a few missed opportunities including one break away with a wide kick and one offside goal. After 10 minutes in the second half, the Cyclones finally found the net thanks to goals by Przemyslaw Tylka and Jose Garcia with an assist from Jon Peters. Rafal Slomba got the shutout in the net.

September 29, 2014

Clean sheet for Cyclones

There was no doubt who dominated the game Sept. 27 when the Cyclones trumped Truman College 3-0. From the start Moraine Valley had control. Jose Estrada scored twice while Jose Garcia earned the third goal.

September 24, 2014

Late goal hurts Cyclones

The Cyclones took a tough 1-0 loss Sept. 23 late in their game against Prairie State College. Moraine Valley controlled most of the matchup, but was toothless in their attack. The Pioneers scored in the last 15 minutes of the second half, and the Cyclones struggled to activate their attack to score.

September 22, 2014

Cyclones take down Cavaliers

The Cyclones got back on track Sept. 20 with a much needed 3-1 win over Kankakee Community College. Jonathan Salas scored twice in the victory with Jordy Padilla sealing the deal with the third goal.

September 17, 2014

Cyclones fall to Panthers

The Cyclones stepped up their game Sept. 16 against an always tough Morton College squad, narrowly losing the fight 2-1.

Morton had a 1-0 lead going into the 75th minute when sophomore Jordy Padilla scored unassisted to tie the game. With three minutes left, a Panther forward beat the Cyclone defense to a rebound from the keeper to score the winner.

September 15, 2014

Cyclones working out kinks

The Cyclones are still trying to work out the kinks, especially with enough focus and intensity at the start of games. In their second straight loss, Moraine Valley fell 3-1 to Kennedy-King College on Sept. 13.

There were too many defensive errors and mistakes in the first half resulting in three goals for Kennedy-King. Keeper Alan Garcia did make a big stop of a penalty kick. The second half played out much better with less errors on defense and one Cyclone goal by Jon Peters from a free kick by Przemyslaw Tylka.

September 12, 2014

Defense struggles in loss to Bulldogs

The Cyclone defense had some setbacks Sept. 11 in their 3-1 loss to South Suburban College.

Moraine Valley struggled to keep the defensive pressure on the Bulldogs, yielding two goals by halftime. After changing up the system on the field in the second half, the Cyclones scored thanks to Jesus Sandoval with an assist from Giovanni Sanchez. However, another defensive breakdown gave South Suburban a third goal to seal the deal.

September 10, 2014

Cyclones blank Lancers

A free kick late in the first half was all the Cyclones needed Sept. 9 for a shutout win over College of Lake County.

It wasn’t a pretty game as the Cyclones earned a few yellow cards and one red which broke the momentum and rhythm. In the net, Alan Garcia saved a penalty kick in the first half but was red carded for a foul on a player going to goal in the second half, leaving the Cyclones with 10 players on the field. The defense was able to step up, however, and keep the Lancers at bay. Pat Passafiume scored the lone goal with an assist from Jose Estrada.

September 5, 2014

Spit and fire can’t help Cyclones in first loss

There was nothing but fire Sept. 4 in the Cyclones’ latest matchup with Waubonsee Community College. Amide red and yellow cards, Moraine Valley took the tough 2-0 loss.

The keeper initially gave up a soft goal. Two players were out from red cards, leaving the Cyclones short on the field. With nine players and five minutes left in the game, the Chiefs scored a second time against a tired crew. Moraine Valley had several opportunities to score but could not convert.

September 2, 2014

Cyclones shut out Bulldogs

The Cyclones had their home opener Aug. 30 in a head-to-head with Daley College, shutting out the Bulldogs, 5-0.

The offensive attack was strong with goals from freshmen Giovanni Sanchez, who scored twice, and Przemyslaw Tylka as well as sophomores Gilberto Andrade and Jordy Padilla. Assists came from freshmen Jose Estrada and Jesus Sandoval and Padilla and Sanchez. Freshman Alan Garcia kept a tight squeeze on the net for his first shutout of the season.

August 22, 2014

Tight roster shows potential for big things in 2014

Things are looking good for the Cyclones in 2014. Between the talented returners and 20 energetic freshmen, the squad looks ready to surpass their accomplishments last year.

Taking second in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference with an overall 9-6-1 record was respectable in 2013, but Moraine Valley is excited to face a new season to prove their skills and potentially compete in Spain this spring.

“They’re pushing each other and demanding a high level standard of play already. And with our new training facility—the Health, Fitness & Recreation Center—it’s a dream come true. We have everything we need. We have good quality players from the area, and the returners are excited to be back,” said head coach Chuck Bales in his 15th season at the helm.

All of the returning players will be a major asset. The 2013 All-Region player Jordy Padilla (Eisenhower) and All-Conference player Steve Henry (Oak Lawn) are solid athletes along with sophomores Jorge Martinez (Reavis), Leo Lezama (Argo), Gilberto Andrade (Curie), and Jonatan Sandoval (Bogan). Within the group of talented freshmen are three goalkeepers, any of whom could start.

Because of the quality and energy level of these athletes, the Cyclones are going to play more aggressive this season. The players will press more and defend in the opponents’ half of the field; there will be less sitting back and counter attacking, Bales said.

“We’ll have more possession of the ball. It’s very tiring because to some extent you’re chasing,” Bales said. “There’s not much time in the pre-season to prep, but with nearly 30 guys, we can substitute, and everyone is a quality player. We can pull from the bench.”

Additionally, the Cyclones are starting to fundraise for a trip to Spain this March. Moraine Valley has an international sports exchange program, which has enriched the lives of many of the college’s student-athletes. Over the years the men’s soccer team has competed in Rotterdam, Holland; Nürnberg, Germany; and Milan, Italy.

July 7, 2014

Soccer team holding tryouts

The men’s soccer team is looking to add to its squad for the 2014 season. Interested players can try out for the team on Friday, Aug. 1, 10 a.m.-noon, on the field behind Building P. For more information, contact head coach Chuck Bales at (708) 974-5401 or

2013 Season

Season Record: 9-6-1
Conference Record: 4-3
Region IV Record: 5-2

All-Region IV team: Lutth Tchitembo and Jordy Padilla
All-Conference first team: Greg Healy, Joe Mastej, Tchitembo, and Padilla
All-Conference second team: Steve Henry, Ranulfo Pantaleon, Patryk Paprocki, and Chris Vidos

Day Date Opponent Location Time W/L
Fri. 8/16 College of DuPage (scrimmage) Home TBA N/A
Fri. 8/23 Joliet Junior College (scrimmage) Away 4 p.m. N/A
Tues. 8/27 College of Lake County* Home 4 p.m. W 3-2 (OT)
Sat. 8/31 Kennedy-King College Home 2 p.m. W 3-1
Thurs. 9/5 Morton College* Home 4 p.m. L 1-5
Tues. 9/10 Prairie State College* Home 4 p.m. W 1-0
Sat. 9/14 College of DuPage Home Noon T 1-1 (2OT)
Tues. 9/17 McHenry County College* Away 4 p.m. W 2-1
Sat. 9/21 Kishwaukee College Home Noon W 6-1
Tues. 9/24 Oakton Community College* Home 4 p.m. W 1-0
Sat. 9/28 Carl Sandburg College Home Noon L 1-2
Tues. 10/1 Elgin Community College* Away 4 p.m. L 2-3
Sat. 10/5 Truman College Home Noon W 2-1
Tues. 10/8 Waubonsee CC* Away 4 p.m. L 3-4
Thurs. 10/10 Conference Make Up Date TBA TBA N/A
Sat. 10/12 Kankakee Community College Home Noon W 2-0
Tues. 10/15 Daley College Home 4 p.m. L 2-3
Sat. 10/19 Region IV Qualifier Finals Round 1 vs. Daley College Home Noon W 3-0
Wed. 10/23 Region IV Qualifier Finals Round 2 vs. McHenry County College Away 3 p.m. L 0-0 (2OT), lost in penalty kicks
Sat. 10/26 Region IV Tournament
Quarter Finals
TBA Noon N/A
Wed. 10/30 Region IV Tournament
Away 3 p.m. N/A
Sat. 11/2 Region IV Tournament Finals Away Noon N/A
TBA TBA NJCAA Division I Championship Away TBA N/A

* Denotes Conference Game

October 25, 2013

With all the ups and downs, Cyclones pleased with 2013 season

Taking penalty kicks in the qualifier rounds of Region IV playoffs was not the ideal way to end 2013, but the Cyclones couldn’t be upset with the effort, a winning record and improved all-around play to cap their year.

Coming from a losing record in 2012, the Cyclones, especially returning players, wanted redemption. They certainly reached that goal with an overall 9-6-1 record and a second place finish in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference thanks to a 4-3 conference record.

“Coming in second was good. This year my main goal was to erase the trauma of last season, get back to winning in the correct way and play good soccer. Our focus was on playing a good passing game, moving around a lot. I recruited well and many returners were hungry because of last year’s disappointment. It all came together quite well,” said head coach Chuck Bales.

In their final game against McHenry County College, the Cyclones had yet to come out of a match goal-less. After two overtimes and a 0-0 score, Moraine Valley fell in penalty kicks, but worked hard every minute. Throughout the year they were never overmatched in any game except one with Morton College when they lost 5-1. With some tweaking, the Cyclones rebounded. Some of the losses were only by one goal, oftentimes just mistakes. Overall the teams in Region IV were so evenly matched that no one could expect easy wins, but Moraine Valley had more than most.

“Overall it was a good season. We found our home base again in terms of how we should play. There were ups and downs, but the downs were in little pockets which are to be expected and almost desirable. You have to be careful with an undefeated team because you wonder when the shoe is going to drop. If we played these games again we could get a totally different outcome,” Bales said. “All the teams in Region IV are so equal, but we didn’t capitulate. After that last loss of the season, the guys were upset, but they can hold their heads up.”

Several players received honors this year including Lutth Tchitembo (international) and Jordy Padilla (Eisenhower), both named to the NJCAA All-Region IV team. They also had nods to the All-Conference first team along with sophomore Greg Healy (Stagg) and team captain Joe Mastej (Highland). All-Conference second team accolades went to Steve Henry (Oak Lawn), Ranulfo Pantaleon (Eisenhower), Patryk Paprocki (Curie), and goalkeeper Chris Vidos (Brother Rice). Mastej and co-captain Jorge Martinez (Reavis) were key in helping the squad come together not only through their work ethic, but with positive attitudes. Bales chalks up some team success to that high team morale and bonding.

Next season if most of the freshmen return, the team will have a solid base to build from. Bales also wants the new Health, Fitness & Recreation Center—scheduled to open in the spring—to be a springboard to help raise the status of the Cyclones.

October 24, 2013

Penalty kicks hurt Cyclones in playoffs

Penalty kicks was not the way the Cyclones wanted to end their season, but that’s how the ball rolled Oct. 23. In the qualifier rounds of Region IV playoffs, the Cyclones faced McHenry County College, a team they beat 2-1 last month. After a full game plus two overtimes, the finale came down to penalty kicks. At that time of night it was colder, darker and the players were at the point of exhaustion. When it comes to penalty kicks, anything is possible, and the Cyclones came up short for their final loss of the season.

October 21, 2013

Cyclones stun Daley

Unlike their previous matchup with Daley College the week before, the Cyclones came through on Oct. 19 to advance to the next round of playoffs. The two teams met in the first round of the NJCAA Region IV qualifier finals with Moraine Valley blanking Daley, 3-0. Greg Healy scored twice with one assist from Luis Navarrete and Patryk Paprocki scored the third goal.

October 16, 2013

Cyclones take second in conference; next stop—playoffs

For the Cyclones, their last regular season game on Oct. 15 was only half an effort. Despite a strong first half against Daley College, Moraine Valley couldn’t maintain it, falling 3-2.

The first goal was a Daley own-goal. Greg Healy scored the second goal with an assist from Patryk Paprocki. This left the Cyclones in second in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference, a stronger finale than they’ve had the past couple of years. They start a playoff run on Oct. 23.

October 14, 2013

’Clones blank Cavaliers

The Cyclones grabbed another region victory Oct. 12 when they blanked Kankakee Community College 2-0. Sophomore Marko Enciso scored the first goal unassisted while freshman Leonides Lezama scored with an assist from sophomore Joe Mastej.

October 9, 2013

Tough loss for ’Clones

It was a rough outing for the Cyclones on Oct. 8 as they nearly defeated an unbeaten Waubonsee Community College squad.

The Cyclones took a 3-2 lead just before the half after being down 2-1 with 12 minutes to go. What really hurt the Cyclones were penalty kicks—two—and a red card for Patryk Paprocki. One penalty kick goal came five minutes into the second half to tie the score. The second came at the end of the game to hand Moraine Valley the 4-3 loss.

October 7, 2013

Cyclones come out ahead

Moraine Valley played the dominating role and stopped a losing skid on Oct. 5 with a 2-1 win over Truman College. Greg Healy scored on a penalty kick while Lukasz Duda scored the second goal with help from Jordy Padilla. The Cyclones would have blanked Truman if not for a soft goal they gave up with five minutes left in the game.

October 2, 2013

Tough loss for ’Clones

The Cyclones couldn’t hold on Oct. 1 in a battle with Elgin Community College, falling 3-2 in the end. Sophomore Lukasz Duda and freshman Leonides Lezama each scored.

September 30, 2013

Cyclones fall to Sandburg

The Cyclones had their first region loss and second loss of the season on Sept. 28 in a tight matchup with Carl Sandburg College. Within the first half, freshman Gilberto Andrade scored a goal with an assist from Greg Healy to tie the game at 1-1. Sandburg made a comeback after halftime to deal the 2-1 loss to the Cyclones.

September 25, 2013

Cyclones shut out Oakton

The Cyclones match up with Oakton Community College on Sept. 24 was a big game. With both teams vying for the second place spot in the conference, this meet-up was important. The pressure was on, but Moraine Valley just edged out Oakton 1-0.

Marko Enciso scored the lone goal in the first half and was assisted by Luis Navarrete. After halftime the Cyclones lost some momentum and had to step up the defense. Keeper Chris Vidos made some big stops that could have changed the outcome of the game.

September 23, 2013

Offense thrives in Cyclone win

The Cyclones gave Kishwaukee College a beating on Sept. 21 resulting in a 6-1 victory. Greg Healy was all over the net, scoring three times. Lutth Tchitembo, Gilberto Andrade and Jordy Padilla also scored.

September 18, 2013

Cyclones edge out Scots

The Cyclones played well enough on Sept. 17 and, with a little help from McHenry County College, grabbed another win, and more importantly another conference win.

Patryk Paprocki scored the first goal for the Cyclones while the second was McHenry’s own goal, giving Moraine Valley the 2-1 edge.

September 16, 2013

Cyclones end in deadlock

There was nothing but fight in the Cyclones Sept. 14 as they faced College of DuPage. After no score by halftime, Luis Navarette sliced one in, but not before keeper Chris Vidos gave up a soft goal despite an otherwise solid game at the net. The game ended in a deadlock, 1-1.

September 11, 2013

Clones take down Pioneers

In a tight matchup Sept. 10, the Cyclones were able to eke out a goal for the 1-0 win over Prairie State College. Greg Healy scored unassisted.

September 6, 2013

Cyclones outplayed at home

Despite playing on their home field, the Cyclones were undone Sept. 5 by Morton College, falling 5-1 to the Panthers. Overall, Moraine Valley lacked intensity and drive in this matchup. Freshman Lutth Tchitembo scored the lone goal unassisted.

September 3, 2013

Cyclones notch win

The Cyclones kept things rolling along Aug. 31 with a 3-1 win over Kennedy King College. Steve Henry and Greg Healy each scored unassisted goals while Patryk Paprocki scored the last one with an assist from Healy.

August 28, 2013

First OT match of season lands a win

The Cyclones kicked off their season with a win in their home opener on Aug. 27. It was a nail biter against Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference rival College of Lake County as Moraine Valley took the win, 3-2, in overtime. Fuad Haleem, Patryk Paprocki and Greg Healy scored the goals with assists from Jordy Padilla and Paprocki.

August 26, 2013

Cyclones ready to face 2013

With a team packed with talent, the 2013 Cyclones expect improved play over last season and a better fitness level to sustain them through a playoff run.

Last year the Cyclones’ endurance trailed off at the end of the season during a bombardment of playoff games. This year the coaches are emphasizing better conditioning and focusing on the big picture. As the season progresses, the team will continue to develop and gel. Head coach Chuck Bales hopes that the improved fitness will help at the end of the season in crunch games that matter. They want to be “in it to win it,” in 2013. There’s a talented roster to do so.

Starting with the returners, All-Conference midfielder Luis Navarrete (Shepard), goalkeeper Max Boyso (Eisenhower) and defenders Marko Enciso (Reavis) and Greg Healy (Stagg) should make an impact this season. Newcomers that show a lot of potential include forward Fuad Haleem (Oak Forest), midfielder Jonathan Marquez (Argo), defender Jorge Martinez (Reavis), midfielder Jordy Padilla (Eisenhower), forward Patryk Paprocki (Curie), and siblings from Brother Rice Dan and Chris Vidos, midfielder and goalkeeper, respectively.

“We have some solid soccer grads from area high schools, good numbers and good talent. This is a homogenous group, so there will be good competition among players for spots in the lineup. It’ll be a good season to watch. I’m excited about the group. I have a lot of players to work with and make sure to push them,” Bales said. “We should have a better record than last year, but like always, there are two seasons: the conference and the region.”

The Cyclones will be competing on a new game field this season, west of Building P and the softball field, which was the previous site of the team’s practice fields. Their next game is Saturday, Aug. 31, 2 p.m., against Kennedy King College.

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.

2012 Season

Season Record: 4-7-2
Conference Record: 1-4-2

All-Conference first team: Pawel Rychtarczyk
All-Conference second team: Kris Dolinsky, Luis Navarrete, Edward Vallejo

Day Date Opponent Location Time W/L
Sat.  8/18 Trinity Christian College JV (scrimmage) Away 10 a.m. N/A
Thurs. 8/23 Daley College Home 3:30 p.m. Canceled
Tues. 8/28 Morton College* Away 4 p.m. L 3-4
Fri. 8/31 Junior College Home 4 p.m. W 2-0
Thurs. 9/6 Prairie State College* Away 4 p.m. L 2-4
Tues. 9/11 McHenry County College* Home 4 p.m. W 4-1
Fri. 9/14 Madison Area Technical College Home 4 p.m. W 4-0
Tues. 9/18 Oakton Community College* Away 4 p.m. L 1-5
Sat. 9/22 Kishwaukee College Away Noon W 2-0
Tues. 9/25 Elgin Community College* Home 4 p.m. T 2-2
Sat. 9/29 South Suburban College Away 1:30 p.m. L 0-1
Tues. 10/2 Waubonsee CC* Home 4 p.m. T 2-2
Sat. 10/6 College of DuPage Home Noon L 0-4
Tues. 10/9 College of Lake County* Away 4 p.m. L 1-2
Thurs. 10/11 Make Up Date   TBD N/A
Wed. 10/24 Region IV Qualifier Finals vs. Elgin Community College Home 3 p.m. L 0-1
Sat. 10/27 Region IV Tournament
Quarter Finals
Away Noon N/A
Wed. 10/31 Region IV Tournament
Away 3 p.m. N/A
Sat. 11/3 Region IV Tournament Finals Away Noon N/A
Fri.-Mon. 11/16-19 NJCAA Division I Championship Darton, GA Away TBD N/A