The Utica City Football Club is back in town after taking down the Blast in Baltimore 12-9 Saturday night to steal game one of the Eastern Division finals.
The boys in blue took care of business and made their fans proud. Using a six-goal second quarter to jump start the attack, UCFC defeated the Baltimore Blast in a thrilling game one.
The series now shifts to the Adirondack Bank Center for game two. As if this rivalry hasn't been exciting enough, Sam Guernsey, a Baltimore defensman, added fuel to the fire.
Guernsey said, "I feel like the refs played a huge part in this game. For him to give a card and to take it back, and for the same guy that got carded to go down and score the goal to go up it bothers me, but what can you do? We just got to go there Monday and kick their ass then."
The team laughed it off but know they have to be ready for battle Monday.
"Yeah I mean anytime you play Baltimore, a lot of us have a history with them so going into the game it's already added motivation," said UCFC midfielder Nate Bourdeau. "Quotes and stuff are nice for pregame but once the game gets started you just have to go out there and play your game you cant get caught up in the side stuff."
"They're competitors so I would expect nothing less," said UCFC head coach Ryan Hall. "Any time you lose especially at home, especially when you're three time defending champs, you're gonna ruffle some feathers. We don't take it personally, it's part of the game. It is a little bit of fuel for us going into Monday to try and shut their mouths move on to the next round. Again, it's gonna be a war tomorrow night. We know Baltimore is gonna come out and they're gonna bring everything they have so we gotta make sure these guys are healthy and prepped and ready to go."
Kickoff for game 2 is at 6:30 p.m. at the Adirondack Bank Center.