Cosmopolitan Soccer League Metro 1
NY State Cup – “Flamhaft Cup 2008-9”
KORABI 1-1 Pythagoras Samos
Goals: Albert Ruci
Midland Beach Field, Staten Island, NY – March 15 2009 – Korabi advances in the New York State Flamhaft Cup with a penalty shootout win over Pythagoras Samos in the third round.
The game started strong for Korabi who attacked the better part of the first half but came up short missing numerous scoring opportunities with the visiting keeper on the top of his game.
After the break, Korabi kept on the attack and it finally paid off in the 60th minute when Albert Ruci accepted a midfield pass from Berat Islami, got past two defenders and put a low shot in the net to give Korabi a 1-0 lead. Korabi continued to play well and it seemed that they will be able to hold on to the lead but in the last 10 minutes of the game the visitors went on the attack pressuring the Korabi defense. In the 89th minute the visitors scored on a defensive blunder to tie the game at 1-1.
Since darkness was near the referee decided that there would not be sufficient time for overtime and decided to send the game to penalty shots, with both teams taking 5 penalties each and if necessary would continue one at a time.
Korabi was the first up to take a penalty and missed on the very first shot but did not lose composure, hoping that the visitors would miss one as well and they would have a chance to redeem themselves. This did not happen until the 5th and last shot when Brian, the host keeper saved a low shot to his right. Both teams continued scoring, even the goalkeepers having to shoot, until the 13th round when Christian Leyden scored and the visting player shot wide of the goal to give Korabi a very hard fought but deserving win over a very strong and physical team.