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November 14, 2008 - Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) - California Cougars News Release

Saturday, November 15, 2008, Game 3, Road Match 1, At Town Toyota Center, 7:15 p.m., (4,200 seat capacity)

MEDIA: KSTN 1420AM Joined in progress, www.stocktoncougars.net

LAST GAME: Evan McNeley led all scorers with three goals during Stockton's 6-4 win against San Diego on Sunday night. A boisterous crowd of 2,069 attended the indoor friendly and watched the Cougars take on the visiting Sockers at Stockton Arena in a preview what surely will become a storied rivalry between Northern and Southern California Professional Arena Soccer League teams.

2008 Head to Head: First of 3 matches,

0-0 @STO, 0-0 @WEN

Overall 2008 Record: STO: 2-0, WEN: 0-0

Streaks: STO: W2; WEN: None

Overall Home Record: STO: 2-0, WEN: 0-0

Overall Road Record: STO: 0-0, WEN: 0-0

Media: KSTN 1420 AM (Joined in Progress), www.stocktoncougars.net

HEAD COACH BERNIE LILAVOIS: Bernie Lilavois is 13-27 as the head coach of the Cougars... The Cougars are 5-7 when Bernie Lilavois acts as Player/Head Coach.

THE SEASON SERIES: Saturday marks the first ever meeting between the Cougars and Fire.

STOCKTON VS. WENATCHEE: Saturday marks the first ever meeting between the Cougars and Fire.

TOP PERFORMERS: STOCKTON: M Greg Howes has a team best 4 assists this season... Howes also has a team best 6 points (4a, 2g) in just one game played in 2008... F Aaron Susi is second on the club with 5 points, including 3 goals and 2 assists... Susi, M Brian Farber and D Evan McNeley lead the club with 3 goals in 2008... McNeley and D Pedro Lupercio lead the Cougars with 4 blocks... Lupercio also leads the club with 5 fouls... F/Head Coach Bernie Lilavois, Howes and Susi lead the club with 10 shots on goal... McNeley leads the team with 2 power play goals.

COUGARS AT A GLANCE: The Cougars are overall 2-0 in PASL-Pro league play... They are 1-0 in conference play... Stockton has a league best goal differential of +7 and has allowed an average of 4.5 goals per game this season... The Cougars offense is averaging 8 goals forced over the first two matches of the season... Eight different Cougars have scored at least one goal this season... Seven different Cougars have recorded at least one assist this season... Stockton has scored goals on 4 of 5 power play opportunities.

FIRE AT A GLANCE: The Fire enter their first season of professional play... Alex Megson, son of Neil Megson (Neil Megson: 2 seasons in North American Soccer League, Nine seasons in MISL, one season in CISL, six seasons in USL-First Division, head coach of Seattle Sounders for five seasons, earned 2 caps with U.S. National team in 1988), has makes his debut in PASL-Pro league play... Alex Megson scored 5 goals and 1 assist in his 4-game call-up to the USNAST in Monterrey.

USNAST: The United States National Arena Soccer Team went 2-2 in Torneo Internacional de Futbol Rapido Monterrey 2008... They lost the opener of the tournament to Mexico 11-5, but earned their first ever USNAST win against Peru 7-6 SO... The team defeated Brazil 12-6 in the semi-finals, but fell to Mexico in the finals 10-6... The US National Team took home the silver medal in the international tournament... Greg Howes won the top forward award leading all scorers with 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) in 4 games.

PRO INDOOR SOCCER IN WASHINGTON: The state of Washington has been the home for the following professional indoor soccer teams: Tacoma Stars (9 seasons, 1983-1992 MISL); Seattle Sounders (2 seasons, 1992-94 NPSL); Seattle Sea Dogs (3 seasons, 1995-97, CISL).

PASL-Pro CHAMPIONSHIP: Stockton Arena is the site of the 2009 PASL-Pro championship tournament. The tournament is scheduled to take place between March 13 and March 15, 2009.

US OPEN CUP: Stockton Arena is the site of an US Open Cup regional tournament on November 22, 2008... The regional winners will move into a single elimination draw with the Premier and Professional Teams. Professional and Premier League teams will qualify through league play.

WHO'S HOT

Evan McNeley - Recorded first career hat-trick on 11/9/08 against San Diego at Stockton Arena... Has scored at least one point in both games played this season. He is tied with Pedro Lupercio with a team best 4 blocks.

Jesus Molina - Has started in goal two times and has saved 51 of 60 shots faced. He has a GAA of 4.60.

Greg Howes - Howes leads the Cougars with 6 points after just one game played.

David Vedder - The rookie defender has three blocks in two games played.

Pedro Lupercio - Despite a nagging hamstring injury, Lupercio leads his team with four blocks in 2008.

Aaron Susi - Scored 3 goals in 10/25 match against COL and recorded 2 assists in 11/9 match against SD.

FAST FACTS

Dating back to the 2007-08 season, the Cougars have won 4 consecutive matches.

The Cougars are 2-0 in PASL-Pro play.

The Cougars are 3-1 all-time in home openers at Stockton Arena.

The Cougars started the 2006-07 season 2-0, but lost their next 6 matches.

The Cougars have never won their first road match of a season (0-3).

The Cougars are 8-37 all-time on the road.

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