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PASL Weekly - Week Sixteen

February 11, 2009 - Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) News Release

1790 Cincinnati: In like Stockton

2/10/09 - 1790 Cincinnati is virtually assured a playoff spot thanks to Saturday's 8-7 overtime win over Stockton and the Texas Outlaws 15-6 loss to St. Louis.

Cincinnati improved to 10-2 and Texas fell to 6-6. Through a scheduling quirk the two Eastern Division rivals don't actually play each other this year. The next tie-breaker then would be overall goal differential if the teams both finish 10-6. Cincinnati is +44 and Texas is -27 -- a nearly impossible deficit to overcome.

Cincinnati is on the cusp of the wild card, but their goal is to win the Eastern Division and finish ahead of Stockton for the number one seed in March's playoffs.

1790 can clinch the Eastern Division title with a win over St. Louis on Saturday at Game Time Training Center where they are 6-0 this year.

As the host of the PASL-Pro Championship Weekend, the Cougars are also assured of a playoff spot and they continue to lead the Western Division.

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Texas and Stockton each played multiple games. Texas scored a huge upset giving St. Louis its first home loss, 9-8. The next night St. Louis avenged the loss with a 15-6 rout over the Outlaws.

Stockton played three games in four days and all three went into overtime. They lost 12-11 to Monterrey and 8-7 to Cincinnati and salvaged the week with a 7-6 win over Detroit.

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Stockton's incredible rally falls short

The Stockton Cougars, easily the most veteran team in the PASL-Pro lost their first Copa America game against Monterrey 17-3. In the rematch in Stockton, Monterrey led 8-2 at halftime and it was starting to look like the PASL-Pro teams couldn't compete at their level. But the Cougars exonerated the PASL-Pro by staging one of the greatest rallies in indoor soccer history, outscoring La Raza 9-3 in the second half to send the game to overtime. Genoni Martinez gave La Raza the win in overtime on a power play, but not before Stockton regained its respect.

Record crowd in Stockton

The Cougars and La Raza rematch drew a PASL-Pro record 3,971 fans to see Monterrey's Genoni Martinez and Stockton's Greg Howes, arguably the two best players in the game today. Howes had three goals and two assists and Martinez had three goals and four assists.

Extra time

Not only did the Cougars have to play three games in three cities in four days, but they needed overtime to settle all three matches. Along the way they rallied from six goals down against Monterrey, but blew 4-0 and 6-3 leads over Detroit before ending their three game losing streak with a 7-6 victory.

The Week Ahead

There are only three games this weekend and none is bigger than Saturday's St. Louis at Cincinnati game. 1790 can clinch the Eastern Division with a win. The teams have split two meetings with Cincinnati winning 7-5 at home and losing 6-5 in overtime at St. Louis.

Thursday, February 12

7:15 pm Chico Bigfoot at Stockton*

Friday, February 13

7:15 pm Spokane at Wenatchee*

Saturday, February 14

7:15 pm St. Louis at Cincinnati

*change from original schedule

all times local

About Professional Arena Soccer League

PASL-Pro is a new professional league which began play on October 25, 2008 when the Stockton Cougars defeated the Colorado Lightning, 10-5 at Stockton Arena. The 2008-09 season concludes with Championship Weekend March 13-15 at Stockton Arena. PASL-Pro consists of 8 US teams, the CMISL, and LMFR. The San Diego Sockers have been added for the 2009/10 season. PASL-Premier enters its 12th season as the nation's top amateur arena soccer league with 51 teams in nine divisions. PASL-Pro and PASL-Premier are members of Federacion Internacional de Futbol Rapido (FIFRA).

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