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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.