June 17, 2015
CONVERTING THE GAME-WINNER
Gorskie on his PK: ‘One of the best moments of my life’
By Christian Arnold
|Hunter Gorskie: “We’ve done it time and again. This team just has a tremendous belief in what we’re doing."
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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – After Hunter Gorskie’s sixth-round penalty kick trickled past New York City FC keeper Eirik Johansen, he made a mad dash for the sideline beating on his heart before being mobbed by his teammates.
Gorskie was one of several heroes in the Cosmos’ crazy come-from-behind victory in the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup. His penalty kick goal sealed a win that was never in doubt for Gorskie, even after his club fell behind 2-0 to New York City FC.
“We’ve done it time and again. This team just has a tremendous belief in what we’re doing,” he said. “We just used that no matter what the situation is in the game. We’re confident we’re going to get back in it.”
And the Cosmos did just that.
A goal by Leo Fernandez cut New York’s lead to one and Lucky Mkosana tied it up in the 90th minute. After extra time, and a back forth duel in the shootout, Gorskie found himself with the chance to win the game.
That confidence the center back had in his squad was once again present when he stepped up to go one-on-one with Johansen.
“My philosophy was just pick a spot and put the ball there,” Gorskie said. “Thank God it went in. The whole time I was saying to myself ‘I’m going to win this game.’ I had faith in [Jimmy Maurer] to get the save and then I was in the situation. It was a little surreal.”
The 23-year-old New Jersey native was called his winning kick “one of the best moments of my life.” The comeback effort helped advance the Cosmos to the fifth round of the Open Cup for the second year in a row and for the second consecutive time they did so by defeating a New York based Major League Soccer team.
However, that doesn’t mean that Gorski is ready to boast that the Cosmos are the best soccer team in the New York market.
“It’s tough to say after one game, but I’m proud of our performance,” he said. “I have tremendous confidence in our guys and our organization in what we do.”