California Cougars Weekly Report
1/18: The Cougars face the winless Sharks for the second time this season. California defeated Orlando in their home building on November 21 in a game featured on Fox Soccer Channel. The Cougars took the early lead in the game 8-0 in the second quarter but quickly allowed three unanswered goals by the expansion Sharks. California eventually regained their momentum and cruised to the 20-11 victory at Amway Arena. Enrique Tovar finished with three goals in the win. Six other Cougars players scored at least one goal in the game. The list included Kupono Low, Nelson Santana, Gordon Chin, Craig Scheer, Chris Handsor and Naldo who finished with two scores.
1/19: The Cougars and the expansion Ironmen face off for the second time this season in Saturday's contest. It's rare day game in the MISL, and the Cougars are looking for revenge against a New Jersey team that defeated California 24-15 in Stockton. The 24 points allowed are the most the Cougars defense has allowed this season. The weekend match becomes more and more interesting with rumors swirling around Ironmen Head Coach Omid Namazi and his potential departure from the MISL. Namazi is rumored to be taking an assistant coach position with the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer.
Matt Caution: 181 Games Played
Matt Caution: 43 Career Points
Ryan Hall: 91 Games Played
Chris Handsor: 574 Career Points
Ato Leone: 44 Career Assists
Ato Leone: 141 Career Points
Ato Leone: 44 Career Blocks
Semir Mesanovic: 89 Games Played
Semir Mesanovic: 42 Total Goals
Semir Mesanovic: 83 Career Points
Craig Scheer: 81 Career Points
Antonio Sutton: 147 Career Points
Cougars wiped-out by Wave in second half, lose 17-9 in Stockton
Stockton, CA - Jan. 13, 2008 - Greg Howes leads the Milwaukee Wave (11-4) over the California Cougars (7-6) 17-9 in front of 5,879 at Stockton Arena. The Cougars lose their fifth game at home and are shut out in the second half for the first time this year.
The Cougars offense started the scoring as Nelson Santana launched his fourth goal of the season through the Wave defense for the first goal of the game. Enrique Tovar assisted Santana on the score for his team leading 14th assist. The Cougars led 2-0 until Howes found the net for this first time in the game. His 57th point of the season was assisted by Deco and happened at the 9:07 mark, and just 1:27 after Santana's goal.
Defender Evan McNeley gave the Cougars the lead again at 4-2 as he caught a blocked shot by Nick Vorberg to the left of the goal. His goal was assisted by Tovar and it happened during a Cougars power play with 5:53 remaining in the first quarter. A few moments later, with 5:22 left in the quarter, Tijani Ayegbusi tied the game for the Wave with an unassisted score. It was the first goal of his career.
Naldo gave the Cougars the lead again early in the second quarter as he was left wide open near the Milwaukee goal. Naldo beat Vorberg and put the Cougars on top 6-4, 3:46 into the quarter. But the Wave tied it at six when Anthony Maher connected on a two-point score. Then, with almost five minutes remaining in the half, McNeley would score again. However, his second goal was of the three-point variety and it put the Cougars on top 9-6. McNeley finished the game with five points on eight shots and had three blocks in the game.
California led 9-6 going into the halftime but the Wave shut down the Cougars and leaves Stockton with a 17-9 victory. Milwaukee received two goals from Jonathan Santos, one by Troy Dusosky and two more by Howes in the second half. Howes finished with seven points and 16 in two games on the road.
The Cougars defense struggled for the second straight game. They allowed 17 points on 33 shots and were 0-2 in power play kills. Sanaldo allowed seven goals for 15 points, and managed to stop 17 of 24 shots faced.
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