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Cougars drop seventh straight, 14-7 to Wave

February 2, 2008 - Major Indoor Soccer League 2 (MISL 2) - California Cougars News Release

Milwaukee, WI - Wave goalkeeper Marcel Feenstra led the way for Milwaukee as they hand the California Cougars (7-11) their seventh straight loss, 14-7 at U.S. Cellular Arena. Feenstra saved 16 of 19 shots and earned his third win of the season in three starts. Marcelo Fontana led the Wave with five points and helped his team to their 13th win of the season. Milwaukee (13-6) now sits atop the Major Indoor Soccer League in first place.

The Cougars fought the entire game and their fast, physical, aggressive style of play accounted for two second half scores. The Cougars took 16 shots on goal in the fourth quarter, and a total of 33 in the loss. California has lost seven straight games and drop to a tie in the standings with La Raza de Monterrey at 7-11.

Fontana led off the game with a first quarter score at the 7:40 mark. The score was assisted by Greg Howes, who then added a two point score later in the quarter. Howes leads the MISL with 78 points this season. Marcio Leite and Deco added two more Milwaukee scores before the Cougars found the net for the first time in the game. Rookie Luis Pinto fought his way toward the goal to punch home a loose ball opportunity created by Pedro Lupercio. The goal was the first and only goal for California in the first half. They trailed 10-2 at the beginning of the third quarter after a first half goal by Giuliano Oliviero.

Like the first half, Fontana started the scoring for Milwaukee again in the second. Fontana's goal was assisted by Howes at the 3:01 mark of the third. Oliviero followed with a goal assisted by Anthony Maher. Milwaukee led 14-2 with nine minutes remaining in the game until Marcelo Santos was able to score for California. His goal was assisted by Craig Scheer and was the first of two assists for Scheer in the game. Semir Mesanovic added on the final score in the fourth with a three point goal during a power play opportunity.

The match featured 43 combined fouls and four power play opportunities. The Cougars were 1-2 in power play situations, the Wave were 0-2. Milwaukee's defense used 14 team blocks in the game to prevent the Cougars offense from finding open looks against Feenstra.

The Cougars return to action on February 15, 2008 against the Chicago Storm. The game starts at 8:00 p.m. at Stockton Arena and is part of a Fox Soccer Channel doubleheader featuring the Storm in both games.

Before their national television match with Chicago, the Cougars will host a special weekend of indoor soccer events on February 9 and 10 at Stockton Arena. On February 9 the Cougars will host free soccer clinics at Stockton Arena from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The clinics will feature Cougars players and is a sneak peak at the Cougars off-season soccer camps. The day continues with "Leyendas de los Clasicos" at Stockton Arena at 7:15 p,m. The Cougars have partnered with Missael Espinoza to bring former players from Chivas de Guadalajara and Club America together for a very unique indoor match between the two rivals. Tickets to that game are available by calling (209) 373-1563 and by visiting www.stocktontickets.com.

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