Offensive push leads Chaps to impressive victory

Ben Grote, Sports Editor

The Chaparrals shut out Moraine Valley Community College on Oct. 12, ending the game with a 4-0 victory. The game started and ended very well for the Chaparrals, with all of COD’s players smiling with their performance at the end of the game


During the first half of the game, the Moraine Valley Cyclones made a valiant effort to bring the ball near the goal of the Chaparrals but each attempt was rendered useless. From ruining drives by the Cyclones to blocking passes, the Chaparrals’ defense proved to be very difficult to play against.


Making matters worse for the Cyclones, the Chaparrals’ offense was constantly moving the ball forward, which evidently began to tire out the Cyclones. Towards the end of the first half, two goals were scored in favor of the Chaparrals, and COD looked to be cool and in control, ending the first half with a 2-0 lead.


At the beginning of the second half, the Cyclones made a huge improvement to their performance in terms of their offense. The Cyclones brought the ball near the Chaparrals’ goal multiple times in an attempt to even out the score. Unfortunately for the Cyclones, the Chaparrals were able to stop all of the Cyclones’ goal attempts from actually scoring.


After successfully stopping the offensive plays made by the Cyclones, the Chaparrals began to once again make more goal attempts. The Chaparrals were able to score once more, which raised the overall team morale in addition to the cheering fans.


The Chaparrals began to maintain complete control of the ball for long durations of time and able to sneak one more goal in before they stopped playing a hard offensive game. From that point on to the end of the game, the Chaparrals strategized by playing defensively, and didn’t allow the Cyclones to score, resulting in a big win over the Cyclones.


Although the Chaparrals won by a huge margin, head coach Jim Kelley thinks that his team has a lot to work on and hopes to improve more before the end of the season.

“Overall, I think we played pretty good,” Kelley said. “We missed a lot of chances, which was one negative. We have a lot to still work on, and I really want to the team improve on taking advantage of certain opportunities.”