In Mills' home opener, the team went head-to-head against JWU. The Cyclones held the Wildcats to one goal in the first half. The defense was led by Tania Ortiz-Rosales, a veteran outside back, who brought grit to the defensive line. Alongside Tania, goalkeepers Anais Uriarte and Mikaela Cuevas made some spectacular saves. A noteworthy save from Anais, came in the first half when she came out of the box as the last defender and stopped a break way by throwing herself on the ball. Mikaela faced 3 critical corner kicks in the second half and none resulted in a score. She made 5 saves in the second half.
Coach Lilia Dosalmas is feeling positive in what she saw out on the field, "we were able to hold the team in the first 45 minutes, which is big." Dosalmas said that they are using this weekend to feel out the right combinations on the field since the Cyclones have almost an entirely new squad this season. There were combinations in the JWU game that showed Dosalmas promise for the coming season. Going into Sunday's game, she wants to move some players around and capitalize on the combinations she saw in Friday's game. Dosalmas also wants to make adjustments to avoid the loss of their momentum in the JWU game.