NY Kosmos had a dramatic final against the Irish Rovers. (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)
By Michael Lewis
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — With his team trailing by a goal and the seconds winding down, NY Kosmos’ Dennis Amvrosiatos was trying to set up for one final shot.
“I was just getting myself in the right position,” he said, “trying to make anything happen.”
He did, with eight seconds left, Amvrosiatos scored a dramatic goal as you will find at the Joe Goldberg Memorial Indoor Soccer tournament to give Kosmos a lifeline at 1-1 and a chance in the shootout.
“One of my teammates had the ball on the right side and he kind of just lobbed it in,” he said. “I was just in the right position in the right time.
“This is what we do. We practice and that’s the moment we play for. Moments like that to be ready. It’s like a game of seconds and inches.”
Then it was left up to goalkeeper Demetri Touros, who took the stole the spotlight in the shootout to boost Kosmos over the Irish Rovers to capture the Premier/First Division crown. Kosmos won the shootout, 3-2, in the Long Island Soccer Football League competition at Global Sports Center. Kosmos also won home a $1,000 while the Rovers earned $500.
“As the game was progressing, I thought maybe we did not have a chance for that at the end,” Kosmos head coach Andreas Touros said. “Thank God, eight seconds before [the final whistle]. So, the game is not over until the final whistle and we made it. The kids, they deserved it. They played well in the whole tournament.”
Not only did Demetri Touros make a save on the first shootout attempt, he converted the first penalty kick by the Kosmos. Kosta Ememsdrinos and Alexis Santa put in their attempts for the winners.
“The kids are comfortable when Demetri is playing in the goal,” Andreas Touros said. “They trust him. He can play well with his feet. He can come up with saves.”
And with some timely goals, whether it is during the course of play or in a shootout. Demetri ulled off similar heroics in the quarterfinals.
“That’s something that I’ve always done,” he said. “I’m the one that always shoots first. I’ve been the one who tries to put the team on his back. I take a lot of it being a goalkeeper. You’re in the back. I’ve always took it upon myself to try to carry the team — I’m not saying I am above the team — but I always felt that responsibility to help them out in that sort of way.”
Added Amvrosiatos: “He’s the captain. He holds it down in the back and kind of pushes everybody forward when we need to. That’s what he did on the last play in the final as well. ”
Demetri Touros said that he had scored five goals during the tournament as he played the field for a few earlier games. “Scoring is something that is not foreign,” he said.
Kosmos peaked at the right time during the playoffs. The team started off slowly but gained momentum.
“We started off not very confident because of how we did in the league outdoors,” Demetri Touros said of the team’s eighth place finish in the fall season with a 2-5-0 record. “After the first game I think we settled in. We knew that we were good players. It was something out of the ordinary. We came in without confidence. After the first game we started jelling together. It was nice to get that feeling back, that cohesiveness.”
Randy Gomez lifted the Rovers into a 1-0 lead at 6:26.
Kosmos hope the indoor championship will give the squad a boost in the spring season, which kicks off on March 8.
“If we continue this, use it as momentum, we’ll finish off the season strong,” Kosmos defender John Theotakos said.