Philadelpia Drops 8-6 Decision To California In Overtime
Philadelphia, PA, November 30, 2007 - The defending MISL Champion Philadelphia KiXX (2-5) fell to the California Cougars (3-3) in front of 3,973 fans at the Wachovia Spectrum on Dance Team Calendar Night. Philadelphia tied the game on an Angel Rivillo goal with 48 seconds remaining in regulation, but could not take advantage as former Philadelphia standout Chris Handsor sent the KiXX home with their fifth loss of the season on his second goal of the night just 2:41 into overtime.
After a scoreless first quarter, California struck first on an Enrique Tovar rebound shot from Eduardo Velez. The goal was Tovar's MISL leading ninth of the season, putting the Cougars up 2-0.
The Cougars, who now lead the KiXX by two games in the standings, held the 2-0 lead going into half time. California also outshot Philadelphia 14-4 in the first half.
Just 54 seconds into the third quarter, KiXX player/coach Don D'Ambra scored his second goal of the season to tie the game at two apiece. The goal was unassisted as D'Ambra scored on a rebound of his own shot. The Philadelphia native led the club last season with 33 goals in 28 games, good for third in the League. At the 7:47 mark of the quarter, D'Ambra dropped a pass off to KiXX leading goal scorer Ptah Myers, who buried his seventh of the season to put the KiXX up 4-2. The lead was short lived, as Craig Scheer tied the game back up on a rebound from a shot off the foot of Naldo. The Cougars took the lead back just over a minute later on a goal by former KiXX player Chris Handsor. The play was set up by Luis Pinto, the first point of his MISL career.
The score remained 6-4 California until Angel Rivillo scored his seventh goal of the season with just 48 seconds remaining to tie the game. D'Ambra was credited with his second assist of the night on the goal. Rivillo was selected 10th overall in the 2007 MISL Expansion Draft after sitting out last year and playing for the Milwaukee Wave in 2005-06.
It took all of 2:41 seconds of overtime for Handsor to strike again, his fifth of the season. The goal was set up by Brian Farber.
Notes: John Barry Nusum and David Castellanos each missed their second consecutive game with leg injuries. KiXX forward Aaron Susi had his five-game point streak snapped after not registering a point. Peter Pappas stopped 12 of 16 shots in the loss, after coming off back-to-back weeks of being named MISL Goalkeeper-of-the-Week.
The KiXX will travel to Milwaukee on Friday, December 7 to take on the Wave at 8:00pm ET. The game will be televised on the Fox Soccer Channel. The team will then return home on Saturday, December 8 to host the Chicago Storm. The game, dubbed "Christian Night" featuring Reggie Dabbs, will begin at 7:05pm ET.
Philadelphia KiXX season tickets, 6-PaXX mini-plans are on sale now by calling the club's ticket office at 1-888-888-KiXX (5499). Season ticket holders will receive replica championship rings, as well as invitations to KiXX events like the Meet the Team Party and Meet the Team Luncheon. Single-game tickets are now available through the KiXX and the Wachovia Center Box Office, online at www.comcasttix.com.
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