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Cougars Will Look North of the Border as They Try to Get Back on Winning Track

December 11, 2008 - Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) - California Cougars News Release

STOCKTON, Calif. - After suffering their first loss of the season in overtime to the Texas Outlaws last Friday, the Stockton Cougars (3-1) welcome the Edmonton Drillers (1-0) to Stockton Arena on Saturday night, with the match set to kick off at 7:15 p.m. Saturday's match marks the second of three consecutive home weekend dates for the Cougars.

Dating back to the end of the 2007-08 season, the Cougars had won six consecutive matches up until their loss on Friday to Texas, which was also their first Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL-Pro) loss. On Friday, Stockton's late surge fell just short. Cougars midfielder Brian Farber sent the game into overtime, scoring the tying goal with just 20 seconds on the clock. In a controversial overtime period, Texas was able to score the winning goal with 8:56 remaining to give the Outlaws a 10-9 win. The Cougars played the match without Greg Howes, Evan McNeley and Majell Aterado.

Stockton has been led thus far by Farber (team-best 10 goals), Bernie Lilavois (eight goals, team-best eight assists), and Aaron Susi (eight goals).

Edmonton is part of the Canadian Division (CMISL) of the PASL-Pro. Players to look out for include Chris Lemire, Freddy Malek, and Eric Pinnel, who each scored two goals in the Drillers' 7-6 win over Calgary United on November 22, the first and only game they've played to date.

The Drillers are one of three teams in the CMISL, as they share the division with Calgary United and the Saskatoon Accelerators. The Cougars will host Calgary United at Stockton Arena on January 3, but will not be playing Saskatoon during the regular season.

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