California Cougars Weekly Report
Next Opponent Preview: Cougars (2-3) at Philadelphia (2-4)
California takes to the road for MISL week 7 with back to back road games against two of the MISL's oldest teams. The Cougars play their second straight game against the Philadelphia KiXX on Friday November 30, and then play the Blast the next night in Baltimore.
Former Cougar forward Aaron Susi came back to Stockton in a Philadelphia uniform for the first time Sunday, November 25, and quickly made his presence felt. Susi accounted for two scores against his old team. His first goal broke a 0-0 tie in the second quarter. The KiXX received two late sixth attacker goals against the Cougars to seal their 14-6 win. MISL vet Ptah Myers had a hat-trick in the game.
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.
Tovar is player of the week again...
Not only has Tovar been named MISL offensive player of the week twice in the first six weeks of the season, but he also has two hat tricks this year. Tovar most recently accomplished the feat during the Cougars 20-11 road win against the Orlando Sharks on November 21. The first occasion came on October 27 at Chicago in an 11-10 Cougars' loss. Tovar, also known as Qeeks, followed the three goal performance in Orlando with one more goal against the Philadelphia KiXX on November 25 in Stockton. Tovar launched a short goal just under the crossbar and just above the reach of KiXX goalkeeper Peter Pappas. Tovar dominated MISL week six with eight points, including four goals on five shots in two games played. He is now tied atop the league with 19 points scored for the season.
Upcoming games: 11/30 at Philadelphia KiXX 4:05PM 1420KSTN, californiacougars.net 12/1 at Baltimore Blast 4:35PM 1420KSTN, californiacougars.net
Team Schedule: 11/28: 9:30AM Training in Stockton, 1:00PM Weights 11/29: 8:30AM Training in Stockton, Travel Day, Depart San Francisco 2:16PM 11/30: Game Day, 4:05 Cougars at Philadelphia 12/1: Game Day, 4:35 Cougars at Baltimore 12/2: Travel Day, 8:30AM Depart Baltimore 12/3: Day Off 12/4: 9:30AM Training in Manteca
The Last Outing...
Philadelphia leaves Stockton with 14-6 win over California
Stockton, CA - Nov. 25, 2007 - Aaron Susi hurt his former team for two goals and an assist as his new squad, the Philadelphia KiXX, improves to 2-4 after a 14-6 win over the California Cougars (2-3) at the Stockton Arena.
It took 11:41 for either team to finally get something going on the offensive side of the ball. Susi struck first for Philadelphia after he poked a low shot below the outstretched reach of Cougar goalkeeper Sanaldo. 12 year MISL vet, and goalkeeper, Peter Pappas picked up the assist. The KiXX led it 2-0 through the first quarter and into the second until Susi struck again, but this time he assisted Angel Rivillo with a two point goal. That goal came early in the second (4:53 into the quarter) and it gave Philadelphia the 4-0 lead, which they kept through the first half of play.
California out shot Philadelphia 13-7 in the first half. Despite taking more shots on goal the Cougars were shutout through a half for the first time since 3/18/07. The Cougars lost that game, 19-13 in Chicago against the Storm.
It seemed that the Cougars' misfortunes would continue into the second half when Susi scored again just 1:11 into the third. This time it was Pat Morris who assisted the score. But, Semir Mesanovic would help to give the Cougars hope by scoring from directly outside the penalty area putting the Cougars on the board for the first time in the contest. It took 46:13 for California to score against Philadelphia. Chris Handsor assisted Mesanovic on the goal.
Enrique "Qeeks" Tovar made it two straight scores for the Cougars as he was able to take Pappas top shelf in a chaotic score happening just a few feet in front of the KiXX goal. Tovar cut the Philadelphia lead down to 6-4; it came off the assist by Nelson Santana and 7:24 into the third. But, Philadelphia answered the Cougars two scores with a Ptah Myers goal assisted by Sandre Naumoski. That score came 2:23 into the fourth, and it extended the lead to 8-4. The Cougars kept hope alive with Kupono Low scoring for the second time this season just seven seconds after Myers's goal. The lead was then cut to 8-6 just 2:30 into the fourth.
The Cougars put the pressure on late in the fourth by putting in Santana as the sixth attacker. But, Philadelphia was able to score twice against Santana and Cougars' defense. California allowed three-point goals to Myers and second year midfielder Tony Donatelli.
Both teams matched each other with 14 shots on goal in the second half. The Cougars out shot the KiXX 27-21 in the game, but Philadelphia held on to win 14-6.
Player GP Goals
Tovar, Enrique 5 8
Naldo 4 4
Mesanovic, Semir 4 3
Sutton, Antonio 5 3
Player GP Goals
Tovar, Enrique 5 1
Mesanovic 4 1
Scheer, Craig 5 1
Player GP Points
Tovar, Enrique 5 19
Handsor, Chris 5 11
Naldo 4 10
Mesanovic, Semir 4 10
Player GP Shots
Mesanovic, Semir 4 25
Tovar, Enrique 5 18
McNeley, Evan 5 15
Handsor, Chris 5 13
Player GP Assists
Handsor, Chris 5 5
Mesanovic, Semir 4 3
McNeley, Evan 5 3
Santana, Nelson 5 3
Player GP Blocks
Hall, Ryan 5 13
Sutton, Antonio 5 5
Caution, Matt 5 7
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