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Lilavois Suspended One Game After Red Card

December 12, 2008 - Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) - California Cougars News Release

STOCKTON, Calif. - Dec. 12, 2008 - Stockton Cougars head coach and forward Bernie Lilavois has been suspended as a player for one game after receiving a red card during Stockton's home loss on December 5 against the Texas Outlaws, it was announced today by Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL-Pro) Commissioner Kevin Milliken. Lilavois will be allowed to coach the team from the bench. However, he will not be allowed to play.

"Lilavois will be serving a PASL-Pro League mandated suspension for actions that resulted in a red card in last Friday night's loss to the Texas Outlaws," said Milliken.

The red card and ejection occurred near the midpoint (6:37 remaining) of the fourth quarter. Stockton (3-1) trailed the Outlaws (4-2) 9-7 at the time of his ejection. Without Lilavois, the Cougars were able to rally for two late goals to tie the game and force overtime. Brian Farber scored both late goals, including the game tying power play goal with just 20 seconds left in the match. Texas defender Mike Uremovich scored the game winning golden goal with 8:56 left in the extra quarter.

The Cougars played the December 5 match without defender Evan McNeley and midfielders Greg Howes and Majell Aterado. McNeley and Howes were both placed on the club's inactive list on December 1. Aterado was away from the team for personal reasons; he will play in Saturday's match against Edmonton.

The loss was first for the Cougars since March 28, 2008. The then "California Cougars" lost to the Chicago Storm 25-17 in Major Indoor Soccer League play. The Cougars had won six consecutive before the loss. They have just one loss as flagship members of the new PASL-Pro.

Lilavois leads his club with 16 points scored (eight goals, eight assists) this season. He is second in the PASL-Pro with 16 points behind former teammate and Denver Dynamite head coach Chris Handsor. Handsor has scored 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) this season in seven games played. Lilavois has 16 points in four games.

Stockton hosts the Edmonton Drillers on December 13 at Stockton Arena. 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.

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