Utica City FC extends win streak to four
Utica City FC has its first extended winning streak of the season.
After scoring a 6-5 win at the Harrisburg Heat on Friday in Pennsylvania, Utica's Major Arena Soccer League team added a 5-2 home win over the Baltimore Blast on Sunday afternoon.
The win over Harrisburg was needed given the Heat are below Utica in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, Baltimore sits a few points ahead of Utica in the East.
With the victories, Utica has a season-long four-game win streak as the team has gained some traction with wins in five of the last six games since late January. The team improves to a .500 record and is 8-8 overall. The team's 22 points put the team in fifth place and four back of Baltimore and Kansas City.
Notably, the fourth and fifth seeds from each conference are set to play head-to-head in a play-in game hosted by the higher seeded team, according to the MASL.
Utica never trailed in Sunday's win with the teams at 1 at halftime. Utica scored goals from Keaton Woods, Alexander Woods, Taylor Walter Bond and Geo Alves to seize control.
Alves finished with two goals with support of Andrew Coughlin, who totaled 12 saves. Thomas R. Proctor grad Isaak Somow finished with two assists.
In Friday's win, Utica scored four consecutive goals between the second and third quarters to grab a lead. Quenton Swift, Steven Fernandez, Bo Jelovac and Cristhian Segura for a 5-2 lead.
Harrisburg got within 5-4 before Fernandez added his second goal in the third quarter. Harrisburg made it a one-goal game soon after, but Utica held off the Blast.
Coughlin totaled 13 saves Friday. With both wins, he's 8-8 this season.
Gordy Gurson, who had a goal and assist in Friday's game, leads Utica with 14 goals and 29 points. Co-captain Nate Bourdeau, who didn't play either weekend game, is second on the team with 19 points while Segura has 17.
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