Wave build lead early, cruise over Cougars 14-7
MILWAUKEE -- An undermanned California Cougars squad on a long road trip was no match Saturday night for the Milwaukee Wave, who won 14-7 at the U.S. Cellular Arena.
Marcelo Fontana had two goals and an assist and rookie Marcel Feenstra made 16 saves for his third victory in as many starts for the Wave (13-6). Milwaukee's victory moved the Wave into first place in the Major Indoor Soccer League, after Detroit (12-6) lost at Philadelphia on Saturday.
The Wave built a 14-2 lead through three periods, then saw the Cougars (7-11) eke out a couple of late goals to close the margin. Giuliano Oliviero scored two goals for the second consecutive game and Greg Howes contributed a goal and two assists. Howes has 78 points, tops in the MISL, and Marcio Leite has 49 after getting a goal and an assist.
Fontana, Howes and Leite each scored in a four-minute span midway through the first quarter to put the Wave on top 6-0 with 3:36 remaining. Leite's goal wowed the crowd, as he took the ball away in his own end, barreled down inside the 3-point line, stopped abruptly and cut left to lose his defender and then buried a left-footed blast.
"That was our rallying cry," said Wave Head Coach Keith Tozer. "That we needed to get out, and we needed to get out quick." California has been hammered by injury and illness and dressed only 14 players, including two goalkeepers. The Cougars had lost 23-6 Thursday night in Monterrey, and then made the long trek to Milwaukee.
Feenstra, the rookie from Den Helder, Holland, extended his 6-foot-4 frame to make some spectacular saves to improve to 3-0. "Marcel was phenomenal," Tozer said. "His ball distribution was great and he made some great saves."
The Wave travel early Sunday to face the New Jersey Ironmen in a 3 p.m. CST kickoff at the Prudential Center. The next home game is at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 against Baltimore. It's "Kicks and Stones" night with 94.5 WKTI and Kessler's Diamond Centers. The first 2,000 ladies 18 and older will receive a half-carat stone, courtesy of Kessler's. One of the 2,000 is a real diamond. Call (414) 224-9283 or visit any Ticketmaster outlet for tickets.
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Major Indoor Soccer League 2 Stories from February 2, 2008
- Wave build lead early, cruise over Cougars 14-7 - Milwaukee Wave
- Club drops 15-4 decision to Chicago Storm - New Jersey Ironmen
- Stewart, Storm cruise past Ironmen - Chicago Storm
- Cougars drop seventh straight, 14-7 to Wave - California Cougars
- Fourth quarter comeback effort isn't enough to overtake defending champs - Detroit Ignition
- D'Ambra becomes just the 15th player in MISL history to score 1,000 points - Philadelphia KiXX
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