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
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.