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Stockton Scores Team Record 19 Goals In Regular Season Finale

February 27, 2009 - Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) - California Cougars News Release

STOCKTON, Calif. - Feb. 26, 2009 - Aaron Susi led the Cougars with five goals and two assists during a record setting 19-3 win against Wenatchee on Thursday night at Stockton Arena. Brian Farber netted four goals while head coach/forward Bernie Lilavois had three in the regular season finale.

The Cougars set a franchise record with 19 goals for in the win. Besting the previous high of 18, a high that was originally set on February 21 in Denver.

Stockton (12-4 PASL-Pro, 14-6 Overall) had trailed 1-0 before Uriel Robledo tied the match with 5:26 left in the first quarter. Susi broke the tie just seconds into the second quarter and Stockton ran away with the match from there. Lilavois followed with his first at the 13:23 mark and Farber connected with his first as well with 12:03 remaining.

In all, the Cougars would score five straight second quarter goals before Felix Robles finally put Wenatchee (2-12 PASL-Pro, 2-13 Overall) back into the goals column.

Leading 6-2 the Cougars went on their longest goal streak of the season by rattling off 10 straight scores. Susi and Ato Leone both had two goals during the streak. Lilavois, David Vedder, Majell Aterado, Nelson Santana, Farber and Antonio Sutton each had one in the streak.

Miguel Galvan stopped the 10-0 drought with a fourth quarter goal at the 10:49 mark of the quarter.

Susi added two more before the final buzzer. Farber scored Stockton's last goal with :31 left. His first goal also counted as the game winner.

Lilavois finishes the regular season with a team best 71 overall points and 63 points in the PASL-Pro. Farber's 47 goals is by far a career high and is also the highest for the Cougars in overall play. He is second on the team behind Lilavois (37 goals) with 35 PASL-Pro goals this season.

Farber was named the team's "Ultimate Cougar" before the match. The award is handed out to the most outstanding player that demonstrates great character and leadership on and off the field. Farber became the third Cougars player to win the award. He joins fellow Oregon State graduate Evan McNeley and Syracuse alum Ryan Hall as winners of the award.

The Cougars next play Greg Howes and the Tacoma Stars in a United States Arena Soccer Open Cup match in Livermore, CA on Sunday. The match starts at 1:00PM and will be played at Cabernet Indoor Sports. Tickets are available by calling (209) 373-1550.

Stockton begins their run at the PASL-Pro championship title on March 14 when they play for the first time in the PASL-Pro Championship Tournament. The tournament will be played at Stockton Arena with the first two matches taking place on Friday, March 13. The action kicks off at 5:00PM and continues into Sunday. The PASL-Pro champion will be crowned on March 15, the championship match starts at 1:00PM.

About the Stockton Cougars

Announced on February 28, 2004, the Cougars made their competitive debut as a member of the now defunct Major Indoor Soccer League in November, 2005, with the beginning of their first 30-game regular season. The Cougars announced their move to the Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL-Pro) prior to the 2008-09 season. They began competitive play as an inaugural member of the PASL-Pro on October 25, 2008 at Stockton Arena against the Colorado Lightning. Located in Stockton, California, the Stockton Cougars play their home games at the state-of-the-art Stockton Area, an integral piece to the city's developing waterfront district. Stockton Arena opened to the public in December, 2005. For additional information about the Cougars, contact Greg Young, Director of Media Relations, at (209) 373-1550 or visit the Stockton Cougars' official website: www.stocktoncougars.net.

About the PASL-Pro

PASL-Pro is a newly formed arena soccer league that is made up of eight U.S. teams and four Canadian teams. The league has partnered with the Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League (CMISL) and Liga Mexicana de Futbol Rapido (LMFR) in order to create a true North American arena soccer league. PASL-Pro is the direct result of 10 successful seasons of the Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL-Premier). PASL-Premier is the nation's top amateur arena soccer league. PASL-Pro and PASL-Premier are members of Federacion Internacional de Futbol Rapido (FIFRA). More information about the PASL-Pro can be obtained at www.arenaleague.com.

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