Blast sweep New York trip, beat Utica 5-4 in OT

Utica, NY (December 29, 2019)-The Blast and Utica City FC games in the MASL are always close and physical. Today’s game didn’t disappoint as the Blast defeated Utica City FC in overtime 5-4 on a goal from Andrew Hoxie.

Hoxie led the team with 3 points with 2 goals and an assist, Tony Donatelli had a goal and an assist and Jonatas Melo and Juan Pereira each added a goal. Goalkeeper William Vanzela finished with 6 saves in a solid game in goal for Baltimore.

The Blast wasted no time getting on the board as Jonatas Melo found the back of the net off a feed from Hoxie to give Baltimore the early lead. Utica answered in the second quarter with a goal from Ricardo Diegues. Juan Pereira got the lead back for the Blast 5 minutes later on a goal off a pass from Mo N’diaye.

Utica tied it in the third quarter on a goal from Christhian Segura but Andrew Hoxie put the Blast up 3-2 with 5 seconds left in the stanza. Baltimore and Utica again battled into the fourth quarter with Moises Gonzalez tying it at 3. Donatelli put the Blast ahead with 4:17 left in the game only to see Gonzalez tie it with 2:02 remaining. Hoxie won it in OT on a poor clear by Utica to give the Blast a weekend sweep of the New York teams.

Baltimore returns home next Saturday January 4 as they welcome the Florida Tropics. Game time is 6:05pm and it is Star Wars Night. For ticket information, call 410-73-BLAST.