By Aaron Cheris

After missing a penalty kick that would have tied the game in the first half, NYC Greece’s Stefan Dimitrov apologized to his teammates for the mistake and vowed to be better.
Dimitrov, a former New York Cosmos forward, did just that in the second half and penalty shootout as NYC Greece came from behind to knock out NYC Jamaica 2-2 (6-5).
In the first half, the Jamaicans looked strong when Dicoy Williams headed in a corner for the first goal of the game.
A few minutes later, when Dimitrov stepped to the spot with a chance to tie the game, he chipped the ball over the bar.

“I took it a little unprofessionally and not too serious,” Dimitrov said of his first half penalty kick. “I apologized to the guys at halftime and said I’d make it up to them.”
In the second half, NYC Jamaica extended the lead to two on a goal from Maurice Johnson. However, an injury forced the Jamaicans to turn to their backup goalkeeper.
NYC Greece took advantage and got a quick goal from Mike Megaloudis to get on the scoreboard.
As time was winding down, NYC Greece earned a free kick just outside the NYC Jamaica box, and Dimitrov stepped up to take it.
He curled the ball over the Jamaican wall and into the net to tie the game at two and force a penalty shootout.
“We scored a goal, then I got the free kick and I did what do best: take the free kick and put it in the back of the net,” Dimitrov said.
In the shootout, neither NYC Greece nor NYC Jamaica faltered early. Both teams scored their first five shots to put the shootout to sudden death. After NYC Jamaica missed wide, Dimitrov stepped to the spot with a chance at redemption.
His shot found the back of the net, and his teammates swarmed him in the ensuing celebration.

“It’s exciting. This is the most exciting game in the world, in my opinion, and it showed today,” Dimitrov said. “We had to fight and push to the end.”
Next up for NYC Greece is a quarterfinal matchup against NYC France.