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Cougars wiped out by Wave in second half, lose 17-9 in Stockton

January 13, 2008 - Major Indoor Soccer League 2 (MISL 2) - California Cougars News Release

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.

The Cougars have lost two straight games at home and get set for a two game road trip. Their series starts Friday in Orlando against the Sharks and continues Saturday in New Jersey against the Ironmen. The Cougars return home on January 27 to play the Sharks for the third time this year. Tickets are available by calling (209) 373-1550 or by visiting www.californiacougars.net.

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