Cyclones stay hot on soccer field
A first-place finish in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference is a statistical impossibility, but that’s about all Moraine Valley College’s soccer-playing women have been denied in recent weeks.
A late-season surge continued last Monday, as the Cyclones blanked Prairie State College 4-0. The win squared Moraine’s season ledger and improved its record to 5-1-1 over the last seven matches, a stretch during which it has outscored its foes 22-5.
Aiding netminder Diana Lozano in her quest for this latest shutout were defensive players Patricia Tuxford, Jill Kossifos, Samantha Reyes and Kathleeen Gribbon. Starring on offense for the Cyclones were Yesenia Galvan (two goals), Leticia Diaz (one) and Antonia Zaper (one).
Earning assists were Reyes and Stephanie Aimone.
Moraine’s run of good luck ended last Wednesday, when Waubonsee College put the Cyclones on the wrong end of a 6-0 final in their last regular-season encounter. The loss meant Moraine will be on the road when the National Junior College Athletic Association Region IV playoffs get underway.
Despite surrendering a half-dozen goals, Lozano still played commendably between the pipes as she turned aside 15 other Chiefs shots.
After rallying to take a 3-2 halftime lead, the Cyclones were victimized by a pair of penalty-kick goals in the second half and wound up suffering a 4-3 setback to unbeaten Waubonsee last Tuesday.
Also hurting Moraine was a red card handed out to Patryk Paprocki.
In a battle of conference unbeatens last Tuesday, the Cyclones knocked off Waubonsee 25-15, 25-20, 25-15 to bag their 20th triumph of the season.
Autumn Seiler was Moraine’s ringleader with 10 kills, 17 digs and two blocks, but others contributed as well. Also chipping in for the Cyclones were Gina Ryan (eight kills, two blocks), Kara Kentner (seven kills, 12 assists), Alex Bojan (seven kills, eight blocks), Joanna Curtis (19 assists) and Kayla Manthei (18 digs, 19 good receptions, one service ace).
Kentner currently ranks second nationally with a .427 hitting percentage, while her .541 mark in conference play makes her No. 1 within the ISCC. As a team, No. 20 Moraine is third in NJCAA Division II with an average of 12.43 assists per set and fourth with 13.05 kills per game.