Shorthanded Cougars lose in Chicago, 25-17
Schaumberg, IL - March 28, 2008 - The California Cougars (9-19) were unable to extend the Chicago Storm (15-13) losing streak and fall 25-17 at the Sears Centre. Cougars midfielder Majell Aterado, forward Enrique Tovar and player/coach Bernie Lilavois led the Cougars with five points on the night. Carlos "Chile" Farias had nine points for the Storm.
California never led in the contest but tied it several times. The Cougars fought from behind to tie the match at 10 by the end of the first half, but seven Storm goals gave Chicago the victory. The Storm scored twice early in the third quarter with goals by Andy Rosenband and Ian Bennett. FOrmer Cougars goalkeeper Jim Larkin had 11 saves versus 19 shots faced. Sanaldo saved 15 of 25 faced.
The Cougars were undermanned the entire contest. They traveled with just 12 players to Chicago, but with just 10 position players as both goalkeepers Matt McDougall and Sanaldo made the trip. Defender Ryan Hall left in the first quarter after sufferening a blow to the head that caused severe migraines.
Semir Mesanovic had the first goal for the Cougars. Semir passes the 50 points scored mark on the season with his goal. Mesanovic, Tovar, LIlavois, Franck Mbemba and Aaron Bonser had goals for the Cougars in the loss. Bonser's goal was the first of his career. He also tallied an assist on the night. Mbemba finished with four points, including two assits.
Four Cougars players were given penalties in the match. Lee Williams and Mesanovic both had yellow cards in the match.
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