Cyclone NJCAA Region IV Player of the Year, Dalila Alcala, signed to continue her education and soccer career at Saint Xavier University.

For two years, Alcala was a key player in the Cyclones’ success, helping her team win Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference and Region IV championships as well as compete at the national championships two consecutive years. She started both years at center back and played nearly every minute. This past season she was captain and led the defense, holding region opponents to just two goals in two years. One of her two goals this year was the game-winner in the region championship that sent the team to nationals. Alcala also is a two-time All-Region and All-Conference first team player.

“I’m very proud and happy for Dalila. She was great for us, and she will be great for Saint Xavier. Dalila is a fantastic student, player, teammate, and leader with a great attitude,” said Moraine Valley head Coach Al Palar. “I’m excited to watch her and the Cougars play next year. I wish her nothing but the best.”

The Cougars are excited to see Alcala join their family.

“Dalila is a big signing for us. Losing two key senior defenders, she will step in right away and take charge of the back line for us. Her versatility will help us. We can use her on the field in different positions as well,” said Saint Xavier head Coach Evan Strehlau. “We are very excited to sign her. She is coming from a well-coached program, so she will be ready to go on day one.”