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Blast Beaten by Utica City 12-9 in Game One

April 20, 2019 - Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) - Baltimore Blast News Release

Vini Dantas of the Baltimore Blast with possession vs. Utica City FC
Vini Dantas of the Baltimore Blast with possession vs. Utica City FC
(Baltimore Blast, Credit: Sabina Moran)

Baltimore, MD - The Blast fell to Utica City FC 12-9 in the opening game of the 2019 Ron Newman Cup playoffs.

The Blast took an early lead three minutes into the game as Jereme Raley shot the ball off a Utica City defender and into the net to collect his second career postseason goal. Blast goalkeeper William Vanzela had a great first quarter with three saves and no goals conceded. The Blast outshot Utica City 8-3 in the first quarter and entered the second with a 1-0 lead.

Utica City would quickly answer from former Blast player Lucio Gonzaga to even the game at 1-1. The Blast would answer one minute later with a shot from the top of the Utica defensive area past the Utica goalkeeper to put the Blast back up 2-1. The goal flurry continued as Liam Callahan fired a shot past Vanzela to even the score at 2-2. Mauricio Salles, Jake Schindler, and Joey Tavernese would score goals within two minutes of each other to give Utica City a 5-2 lead. Utica City would not stop there as Mauricio Salles collected his second goal of the game to extend Utica City's lead to 6-2. Juan Pereira missed a one-on-one chance to end a rough quarter for the Blast, trailing by a score of 6-2.

The Blast quickly scored their third goal of the game from Vini Dantas' 22nd career postseason goal to cut into the deficit. Mauricio Salles quickly responded to collect his hat-trick to put Utica City up 7-3. Vini Dantas hit a free kick past Coughlin, and Sam Guernsey would answer immediately to cut in the Utica City lead. Mauricio Salles collected his fourth goal of the evening from a set-piece to put Utica City ahead 8-5. Five goals were scored less than five minutes into the third quarter. Utica City wouldn't stop there as Nate Bordeau would extend their lead to 9-5. Adriano Dos Santos cut the Utica City lead to 9-6 after a power play goal, his 12th career postseason goal. Dos Santos goal would close out an explosive third quarter, as the Blast entered the fourth quarter down 9-6.

The Blast began the fourth quarter with Mike Deasel's third career postseason goal to cut the Blast deficit to two. The Blast hit post several times within the quarter before cutting the Utica City lead to one through Tony Donatelli's 30th career postseason goal. Sam Guernsey would tie the game seconds later with an emphatic scissor-kick with seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Bo Jelovac scored to put Utica City back up 10-9 with four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Tony Donatelli would enter the game for the Blast as the sixth attacker with just over two minutes remaining. Utica City would score two goals in the last minute of regulation to close out a 12-9 loss for the Blast.

Vini Dantas led the scoring for the Blast with four points from two goals and two assists. William Vanzela recorded eight saves in the 12-9 loss for the Blast. The Blast head to Utica, New York to take on Utica City FC in game 2 of the divisional round. The game kicks off Monday April 22nd at 6:30 p.m. ET at the Adirondack Bank Center. You can catch the game live on Eleven Sports and the Eleven Sports Next Digital Platform.

MASL Match Report April 20, 2019

Baltimore Blast vs. Utica City FC Venue: SECU Arena

Kickoff: 6:00 p.m. ET

Attendance: 2,926

Scoring Summary:

Quarter 1 2 3 4 F

Baltimore 1 1 4 3 9

Utica City 0 6 3 3 12

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Vini Dantas of the Baltimore Blast with possession vs. Utica City FC
Vini Dantas of the Baltimore Blast with possession vs. Utica City FC

(Sabina Moran)

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