Utica, N.Y. - Utica City FC dropped Game Two of the Eastern Division Final 7-3 to the Baltimore Blast, following that up with a 2-1 loss in the deciding mini-game shortly after to end their inaugural season at the hands of the three-time defending champs at the Adirondack Bank Center, Monday.
After winning Game One in Baltimore on Saturday, Utica gave up five first half goals in Game Two that proved to be the difference.
Andrew Hoxie scored just 1:12 into the game to put the Blast up 1-0. However, 43 seconds later, Mauricio Salles scored off a corner kick for Utica City FC to tie things up at 1-1.
The opening frame would end 2-1 in favor of Baltimore thanks to a goal by Tony Donatelli 3:43 in.
In the second, Hoxie scored another two to notch a hat trick, and Vinicius Dantas scored a penalty kick in order to give the Blast a 5-1 halftime lead.
Utica opened the third quarter with a goal by Slavisa Ubiparipovic 4:37 in, to pull back within three. The Blast locked down the Game Two win with a power play goal from Adriano Dos Santos and an even strength goal from Donatelli, his second of the game.
Ubiparipovic netted another goal with less than three minutes remaining, but it was too little too late.
After a 15 minute break, the teams took the field again for the decisive 15-minute mini-game. Utica City FC captain Bo Jelovac sent the Adirondack Bank Center into a frenzy putting home an off-balance shot 4:26 into the game to give the home side a 1-0 lead.
With 5:37 remaining, Hoxie put in his first goal of the game, fourth of the night, off a deflection to tie things up at 1-1.
Then with 1:33 to go, Dos Santos broke the hearts of all UCFC faithful in attendance with a back door tally that would prove to be the difference maker.
The Blast now advance to the Eastern Conference Final where they will take on the Milwaukee Wave.
Utica City FC ends its inaugural season, going 17-7 in the regular season and becoming the only Eastern Division winner other than Baltimore in MASL history.
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