California Cougars Weekly Report
Opponent Preview: Philadelphia (1-4) at California (2-2)
The Cougars and KiXX meet for the first of four match-ups of the season. The game is also the first of back to back meetings between the two clubs. Philadelphia hosts California just five days later at the Wachovia Spectrum. The defending MISL champions were nearly perfect against the Cougars last season. They posted a 5-1 record against California. In six games the KiXX outscored California 113-68 including lopsided wins of 26-6 and 24-11 in Philadelphia. The Cougars won the first match against Philadelphia in Stockton, 13-12 to open their regular season. The Cougars are coming off a 20-11 win over the last place Sharks, the KiXX are a week removed from their 15-13 defeat of La Raza de Monterrey.
The KiXX are without Genoni Martinez who they lost before the 07-08 season to expansion Monterry. Martinez finished second in scoring on the KiXX roster last season behind Don D'Ambra. Martinez finished with 73 points for the season, en route to picking up another MISL Defender of the year award. D'Ambra ended the season with 85 points with 29 two-point goals, 3 three-point goals and 18 assists. The KiXX also lost Dino Delevski and Shawn Boney before the current season. They average just over eight points scored per game played. The Cougars average 15.8 per game after their nine point win over Orlando last night.
Upcoming games: 11/25, v. Philadelphia KiXX, 6:15PM 1420KSTN Tape Delayed to air on KTNC-42 TuVision on 12/1 11/30 at Philadelphia KiXX 4:05PM 1420KSTN 12/1 at Baltimore Blast 4:35PM 1420KSTN
Team Schedule: 11/22: Travel to San Francisco/Stockton, OFF 11/23: 2:00-4:00PM Weight Training, 5:00PM FSC Viewing Party at Valley Brew 11/24: 9:30AM Training in Manteca 11/25: Game day 6:15 v. Philadelphia Upcoming Milestones: Upcoming Milestones: California:
Enrique Tovar: 100 career points through 11/22/07 Enrique Tovar: 45 career goals through 11/22/07 Ryan Hall: 93 blocks as a Cougar through 11/22/07 Ryan Hall: 113 career blocks through 11/22/07 Chris Handsor: 164 career assists through 11/22/07
Cougars runaway with 20-11 over Sharks
Orlando, FL - Nov. 21, 2007 - The California Cougars get three two-point goals from forward Enrique Tovar, his second of the season, en route to their runaway win over the Orlando Sharks, 20-11 at Amway Arena in downtown Orlando.
Qeeks scored twice in the opening half of the game. His first goal came during the Cougars scoring onslaught. California opened the first quarter with Gordon Chin starting things off after an assist by Semir Mesanovic. Then it was Nelson Sananta finding the net on an unassisted shot to make it 4-0. The scoring didn't stop there. The Cougars kept the offensive streak going with Tovar's first of the night, young defender Evan McNeley came through with the assist. The four straight goal performance was finished by Naldo as he hit his third goal of the year. The Cougars had a 8-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Sharks marched right back and thrilled the home crowd with three unanswered goals. J.P. Rodrigues started things in the second with his first of three goals scored. He was followed almost immediately by Chris Cerroni and Marcelo Santos. Assists on both goals credited to Connally Edozien and Simba Harris respectively.
Orlando closed the 8-0 gap to 8-6 until Qeeks found the net again. His second score put the Cougars back in control ending into the end of the first half, the big Captain Chris Handsor helped out with the assist.
The Cougars didn't look back once the third quarter started. Craig Scheer, Kupono Low, Handsor and Naldo all scored in the third quarter. Naldo finished the game with five points for second time this season. Handsor finished with four. Low's first goal in the Major Indoor Soccer League came off an assist by fellow rookie Naldo. Brian Farber assisted Naldo on his second score.
Rodrigues scored the only goal for the Sharks in the third, and their lone score in the fourth. His final goal was of the three-point variety. The Cougars kept the pressure on throughout the second half with Tovar scoring for the third time on short chip shot goal in the fourth. The Cougars settle for 10 goals on the night, against five in the game for the Sharks.
Sanaldo was simply... Super. He saved a total of 15 saves against 24 shots faced. The Cougars did not miss their opportunities in this game. They found the net 10 times out of 24 shots on goal. The Sharks defense was slightly better with nine blocks, against the Cougars' six. The score would have been extremely out of hand had Orlando not stopped shots when they did. Goalkeeper Paul Nagy had eight saves out of the total 24 shots faced.
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