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Soccer Spotlight:
KiXX Drop Fifth Straight with 4-3 OT loss to California
Cougars earn their second victory of the season; Philadelphia falls to 4-10 overall

Saturday, February 4, 2006

By David Deal
Philadelphia KiXX Director of Communications

Philadelphia - The Philadelphia KiXX (4-10) dropped their fifth straight contest, 4-3 in overtime, to the California Cougars (2-16) in front of 5,640 patrons at the Wachovia Spectrum. Former KiXX midfielder Gary Brooks registered the game winner at 1:18 of the extra stanza. Peter Pappas (4-9) suffered the loss for Philadelphia with 11 saves on 15 chances, while Jim Larkin (2-12) earned the victory with the Cougars, turning away 12 of the 15 shots he faced. Goran Vasic drilled a bomb from the yellow line to open the scoring, at 13:09 of the first period, giving the hometown KiXX a 1-0 edge.

At 7:14 of the second quarter, midfielder Gary DePalma gave the KiXX a 2-0 advantage by shredding the top left corner of the net following a delivery from Shawn Boney. Bernie Lilavois cut California’s deficit to one, 2-1, connecting on a pass from forward John Ball at 11:42 of the frame. Ricardinho closed out the half with a tally from Brian Farber (13:48) to knot the game at 2-2.

Lilavois found Craig Scheer open on the right wing to give the visiting Cougars their first advantage of the contest, 3-2, at 2:03 of the third stanza. The KiXX evened the count at 3-3 when Drew Kopp blasted a DePalma pass beyond the arms of Larkin at 7:02.

Neither team managed a score in the fourth quarter, forcing the action into the extra stanza, the second between the two clubs this season and third overall for Philadelphia. The KiXX edged past California, 7-6, in the extra frame on November 12, 2005.

Former KiXX midfielder Gary Brooks found the lower-right corner of the net at 1:18 of overtime to give California their second victory of the season, 4-3.

Notes: Philadelphia was forced to overtime for the third time this season; the club is now 1-2 in the extra stanza.

Attendance: 5,640

Philadelphia: 1-1-1-0-0=3 Shots: 24
Goalkeepers: Pappas (L, 11 saves).
Scorers: DePalma (goal, assist), Boney (assist), Vasic (goal), Kopp (goal).

California: 0-2-1-0-1=4 Shots: 22
Goalkeepers: Larkin (W, 12 saves).
Scorers: Lilavois (goal, assist), Ball (assist), Brooks (goal), Farber (assist), Larkin (assist), Ricardinho (goal), Scheer (goal).

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