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Cougars win third straight, 14-6 over La Raza de Monterrey

December 10, 2007 - Major Indoor Soccer League 2 (MISL 2) - California Cougars News Release

Stockton, CA - Dec. 9, 2007 - The Cougars' (5-3) shut down Monterrey (2-7) en route to a 14-6 defeat of La Raza at Stockton Arena. The Cougars allowed just 13 shots on goal from Monterrey's potent offense, and took advantage of 26 shots with seven goals scored. Antonio Sutton, Brian Farber and Enrique Tovar all capitalized and finished with four points in the win.

The Cougars defense was truly the story of the night. Monterrey's offense was stifled throughout the game and could muster just two shots on goal in the first, four in the second, none in the third and seven in the fourth. Monterrey entered the contest averaging a league best 32.1 shots per game, but left Stockton win an average of 30.0 after California's defensive stand. They kept Monterrey away from second year goalkeeper Matt McDougall the entire night. McDougall saved seven of 10 shots faced and earned the victory in his first start, and minutes, of the season.

He was helped by seven Cougar goals in the 14-6 win. For the second straight game, Chris Handsor scored the first goal of the contest. Enrique "Qeeks" Tovar followed with a two point goal of his own. Both scores were unassisted and happened 3:42 and 5:56 into the first respectively. Tovar is now fourth in the league with 26 points scored, Handsor is fifth with 24.

With the Cougars up 4-0, Monterrey mounted a comeback and tied the game. Ivan Paredes connected on an assist by former Cougar Neil Gilbert. Byron Alvarez was next as he was able to score off a Marco Vega assist 9:18 into the second.

The score was tied 4-4 heading into the halftime, and Monterrey seemed to have taken most of the momentum in the contest. However, the Cougar defense once again rose to the occasion and dominated La Raza in the third. Monterrey did not take a single shot on goal in the quarter. The Cougars took eight shots on goal in the third and scored once.

Midfielder Brian Farber gave the Cougars their lead at 6-4. The goal started with a Naldo pass to Sutton who fed a beautiful pass to Farber. Farber didn't waste the opportunity and was able to beat Monterrey goalkeeper Jose Bontti to the net. The goal was the first for Farber since November 17 in the 16-13 loss to Detroit at Stockton Arena. Farber finished the night with two goals scored, and increases his point total to 11 this season.

The Cougars settled for just the one goal in the third, but added eight points in the fourth quarter. Leading 6-4, the Cougars offense put on a show for the 3,901 loyal fans in attendance. Qeeks scored first in the fourth after a pinpoint pass from Semir Mesanovic at the 4:16 mark. Craig Scheer then followed with a power play goal assisted by Handsor. Handsor has a team high six assists this year. It took seven total shots and a power play goal, but La Raza did score once in the fourth. Alvarez connected on an unassisted shot to cut the Cougar lead down to 10-6.

Monterrey entered the sixth attacker offense and the Cougars took advantage with two goals. Sutton nailed a top shelf goal off a feed by Scheer and Farber finished it off with a restart goal after the put in by Sutton.

It's is the Cougars second win at home and their third straight overall. Their previous win came against Baltimore at First Mariner Arena on December 1. The Blast now makes its way out to Stockton Arena for the first time this season. The match is on Saturday, December 15 at 7:15PM. All games in December are part of Toyota Youth Soccer Night. All youth soccer players in a soccer jersey are free to attend with a paid adult. Tickets are available online at www.californiacougars.net and by calling (209) 373-1550.

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