Utica Drops Road Contest to Harrisburg
Harrisburg, PA - Utica City dropped a midweek affair to the Harrisburg Heat 5-3 on Wednesday night at the PA Farm Show Arena.
Matt Perrella answered the bell early in the first quarter with a huge double save against his former team. After a City turnover, he stopped William Eskay with a diving save before Perrella kicked out his right foot to prevent Danny DiPrima's rebound attempt. Utica tallied the first goal of the game when Uros Momic(Momo) registered his thirteenth of the year. Nate Bourdeau made a wonderful play to evade the Heat defense before setting up Momo.
Jake Schindler and Moises Gonzalez combined to double the City lead early in the second quarter. Schindler reacted first after a Harrisburg foul then spotted Gonzalez unmarked in the attacking end, and a quick pass set the forward up for this twenty-third of the year. Late in the second quarter, Nelson Santana pounced on a loose ball to cut Utica's lead in half.
A cagey third quarter ended with Harrisburg taking their first lead of the game late in the stanza. Patrick Thompson's shot was deflected past Perrella by Ty Hall to give Harrisburg a 3-2 lead. The Heat scored four minutes into the fourth quarter to double Harrisburg's advantage.
Darren Toby kick-started a late rally with his second goal of the season. Utica was awarded a shootout after a handball in the penalty area. Gonzalez's shot caromed off the underside of the crossbar, but Toby was quickest to the rebound to cut the deficit in half.
With the sixth attacker on, City was unable to find the game-tying goal in the closing moments of the final quarter. Heat goalkeeper William Banahene hurled the ball into the empty net as the final seconds ticked away the PA Farm Show Arena.
Utica City returns home to the Adirondack Bank Center for two contests this weekend. On Saturday night, they entertain the Dallas Sidekicks, followed by an afternoon affair on Sunday against the Rochester Lancers. Tickets are available at the Adirondack Bank Center Box Office or at EmpireStateTix.com.
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