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Injury Depleted Cougars Drop Both Games on Northwest Road Trip

December 13, 2010 - Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) - California Cougars News Release

With regular starters Craig Scheer (Hamstring), Adam Owens (Back) and Antonio Sutton (Knee) out with injuries, a young California Cougars team dropped both games of their weekend road trip to the Pacific Northwest. Friday's match vs. the Kitsap Pumas marked an 11-8 defeat for the Cougars, while Saturday's match vs. the Tacoma Stars resulted in a 7-5 loss. The losses dropped the Cougars to 0-5 in PASL play for the season.

In Friday's match vs. Kitsap, the Cougars fell behind early, and were in a 5-2 hole by half time. Chris Handsor scored both California goals in the first half, one unassisted, the other on an assist from Enrique Tovar, the long-time Cougar who was re-signed the week prior to the road trip to address the rash of injuries that have hit the Cougars roster. California opened up the 3rd quarter with three unanswered goals by Tovar, Jorge Martinez and Uriel Robledo, to tie the game up at 5 apiece, but Kitsap responded with a 5-1 scoring run to take control of the game. Robledo, Handsor and Tovar each finished with two goals a-piece while Omar Martinez also added in a goal.

Saturday's match vs. Tacoma proved to be a game of missed opportunities for the Cougars. The Cougars went into the half trailing Tacoma 2-1 with a goal from Bo Fonseca. However, it was a missed penalty kick by the Cougars that allowed Tacoma to keep its 2-1 lead heading into the half. Tacoma opened the 3rd quarter with two straight goals before Manteca native Araia Berhane scored his first goal as a Cougar to close the gap. However, it was once again a missed opportunity for the Cougars, as a Nelson Santana goal was not allowed after game officials failed to see that Santana's shot clearly clanged off the white support post behind the left side of the Tacoma goal for what should have been a Cougar goal. Enrique Tovar added two more goals for the Cougars and Uriel Robledo also added a goal, but it wasn't enough as Tacoma added to goals of it's own to provide the cushion for the 7-5 victory.

The Cougars are next in action this Saturday, the 18th of December, as they travel south of the border to take on the Revoluction Tijuana in a rematch of the 2nd game of the season, a game which saw California squander a half time lead and lose to Tijuana 11-7. The Cougars next home game at the Stockton Arena takes place on Monday, December 27th, with a 7:05 match vs. the defending PASL Champion San Diego Sockers. That game will also serve as the Cougars annual Winter Clothing Drive, with donations of winter clothing going to the children of the Lincoln Unified School District Early Childhood Education and School Readiness Program.

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