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KORABI Bears – Oyster Bay (LISL) 1:1 (1:0)
Penalty Shots: KORABI – Oyster Bay 4:3
Staten Island, NY – December 6, 2009 – This week was a very tough task for Korabi as they faced an unbeaten Long Island Soccer League’s Oyster Bay team who had won 14 games without a loss this season.
It seemed that Korabi was up for the challenge as they played well in the first half, with plenty scoring opportunities. In the 30th minute Azmir Dzemoski headed a cross to an open Berat Islami who was in front of the net and put it away for a 1-0 lead.
Korabi continued an attacking game in the second half believing that a one goal lead may not be enough to win the game. This proved to be true as Oyster Bay scored in the 16th minute to even the score at 1-1. Both teams played well but failed to add to the score and the game ended in a tie to send the game to penalty shots.
After the coin toss Korabi took the first shot and Russo converted to make it 1-0 while goalkeeper Ozzie saved Oyster Bay’s first penalty and things looked good. Abdulla Begai, who normally takes all penalty shots during games, failed to convert and the visitors scored to even the score at 1-1 with 2 penalties each and 3 to go. Manuel and Lirim Begai scored the next two for Korabi and so did the next two Oyster Bay shooters and now it down to the last penalty shots. Albert Ruci converted on his penalty and Oyster Bay need to score to stay alive. Ozzie made a fantastic save on the final shot to give Korabi the win.