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Blast Lose to Utica City 9-1

February 8, 2019 - Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) - Baltimore Blast News Release

Baltimore, MD - In the fourth matchup of the season, the Baltimore Blast lost to Utica City 9-1. The Blast fall to 7-5 on the season and sit two games back of first place in the Eastern Division.

Blast goalkeeper William Vanzela would start the game on fire, with several saves including a point blank save with his leg. Logan Roberts opened the scoring for Utica City, collecting the ball in the middle of the box and firing a shot past Vanzela. Roberts was assisted by Slavisa Ubiparipovic's 14th assist of the season. Logan Roberts would grab his second goal of the game, off a mishandled save from Blast goalkeeper William Vanzela to extend Utica City's lead to 2-0. Both teams would trade chances at the end of the quarter, but both goalkeepers would keep the score 2-0 in favor of Utica City heading into the second quarter.

Utica City continued their hot start with an equally as dominant second quarter. Liam Callahan extended Utica's lead to 3-0 off Ubiparipovic's second assist of the night. Several minutes later, Logan Roberts would get his hat-trick as Bo Jelovac centered the ball into Roberts, who backed off a defender and put it past Vanzela. Joey Tavernese would extend Utica's lead to 5-0 on his 14th goal of the season. The Blast continued to chip away at Utica City's defense but could not find a goal before the half-time break. The Blast would enter the half-time break trailing Utica City 5-0.

The Blast would start the second half on the front foot and outshoot Utica City FC 10-4 in the third quarter. Many of the Blast chances were just wide or cleared off the line by a Utica City FC defender. Utica City would eventually break the deadlock in the third quarter with Jake Schindler's second goal of the season. Bo Jelovac would collect a hat-trick of assists on Utica City's sixth goal of the night. Utica City would hold the Blast to zero goals through three quarters and maintain a 6-0 lead.

The Blast would not be kept off the scoreboard much longer as Elton de Oliveira scored the first Blast goal of the night to shrink the deficit to 6-1. Andrew Coughlin would deny several more Blast chances throughout the fourth quarter. Coughlin would get his goal with a full-field throw from the goalkeeper box, as the Blast sixth attacker could not get back in time. Bo Jelovac would cap off his four point night with a goal in the last two minutes of the game. Utica City would pile on the misery with another full-field throw from Utica City goalkeeper Andrew Coughlin to put the icing on a 9-1 Utica City victory.

The Blast were led by Elton de Oliveira and Vini Dantas, both of which totaled one point each. Utica City would be led in scoring by Bo Jelovac who totaled four points on the night. William Vanzela recorded twelve saves while Utica City goalkeeper Andrew Coughlin compiled eleven saves. Utica City improves to 10-4 and will travel back home to face the Mississauga Metrostars on Sunday February 10th.

The Blast are back in action on Sunday, February 10th at 3:00 P.M. when they face I-83 rivals Harrisburg Heat.

MASL Match Report February 8, 2019

Baltimore Blast vs. Utica City FC

Venue: SECU Arena

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. EST

Attendance: 3,005

Scoring Summary:

Goals 1 2 3 4 F

Baltimore 0 0 0 1 1

Utica City 2 3 1 3 9

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Vini Dantas of the Baltimore Blast looks for an opening vs. Utica City
Vini Dantas of the Baltimore Blast looks for an opening vs. Utica City

(Sabina Moran)

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