Sharks drown Cougars again, California loses fifth straight 19-6
Stockton, CA - Jan. 27, 2008 - The Orlando Sharks racked up another first against the Cougars. Orlando won their first game away from AmWay arena in the team's history with a 19-6 victory in California. The (3-16) Sharks have won two straight over California and three straight games overall. The (7-9) Cougars lost their fifth straight match and their fourth straight at Stockton Arena.
The Cougars offense managed to score just three goals in the game. Evan McNeley was the first Cougars player to score. He capitalized on a beautiful pass from Naldo at the 12:21 mark in the first. McNeley's goal tied the game at two apiece. Naldo finished with two assists and was a constant threat on the offensive side of the ball. Craig Scheer added his career high 25th point with a second quarter goal that gave California the 4-2 lead. Eduardo Velez added the only goal in the second half for the Cougars, it was assisted by Naldo.
The Cougars failed to capitalize on several opportunities throughout the game. California took 16 shots on goal in the first half but could only score two goals. Orlando used 10 shots to open a 6-4 lead at the half.
Jorge Valle was the standout scorer for Orlando. He posted a hat-trick in the win. Valle accounted for the first goal of the game, the game winning goal and a power play score. Fellow veteran Miodrag Djerisilo added three assists and a power play goal for five points. Valle and Eric Vasquez had six points each in the win. Vasquez had the cycle with a three-point goal, a two-point goal and an assist.
Paul Nagy stopped shot after shot taken by the Cougars. Nagy saved 15 of 18 shots, including seven in the fourth quarter. The Cougars out shot Orlando 28-20 in the loss.
Orlando converted all three power play goals in the game and had one restart goal. Orlando was the worst team in the league in power play scores, having scored just three goals in 29 opportunities.
The Cougars have two days at home to prepare for their first ever trip to Monterrey for Thursday's match. California then travels to Milwaukee on Saturday, February 3, when they visit the Wave for the fist time this season.
California's next home game is on February 15 at 8:00PM against the Chicago Storm. The game will be televised nationally on Fox Soccer Channel. Tickets can be purchased by calling (209) 373-1550 and by visiting www.californiacougars.net.
The Cougars will host a special weekend of indoor soccer events on February 9 and 10 at Stockton Arena. On February 9 the Cougars will host free soccer clinics at Stockton Arena from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The clinics will feature Cougars players and is a sneak peak at the Cougars off-season soccer camps. The day continues with "Leyendas de los Clasicos" at Stockton Arena at 7:15 p,m. The Cougars have partnered with Missael Espinoza to bring Chivas de Guadalajara and Club America together for a very unique indoor match between the two rivals. Tickets to that game are available by calling (209) 373-1563 and by visiting www.stocktontickets.com.
The Premiere Arena Soccer League is featured on February 10 at Stockton Arena. The PASL Northwest All-Stars play the Pacific All-Stars at 11:00 a.m., then at 1:00 p.m. the PASL National All-Star team plays the Cougars for a special All-Star event. Tickets can be purchased by calling (209) 373-1550 and by visiting www.californiacougars.net.
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