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Utica City FC splits pair of games

Posted 12/30/19

UTICA — Utica City FC got a win Saturday but suffered a loss Sunday in a two-game weekend at home. On Saturday, City beat the Harrisburg Heat 10-6. They fell 5-4 in overtime to the Baltimore Blast …

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Utica City FC splits pair of games

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UTICA — Utica City FC got a win Saturday but suffered a loss Sunday in a two-game weekend at home.

On Saturday, City beat the Harrisburg Heat 10-6. They fell 5-4 in overtime to the Baltimore Blast Sunday.

On Saturday, Cristhian Segura had two goals and four assists, Jake Schindler chipped in with two goals and an assist and Liam Callahan added two late goals.

City opened the scoring early in the first quarter when Schindler found himself open on the left-wing and powered a shot past Heat goalkeeper Jesus Molina. Harrisburg leveled the contest but City quickly retook the lead in the second quarter. Segura received the ball near the yellow line and weaved his way around his defender to set up Ricardo Diegues. Diegues' finish was his fifth goal in the last two games.

Schindler doubled the lead midway through the second quarter, deflecting Segura's shot. Segura would soon after get his goal as he received a pass from Darren Toby and rifled a right-footed shot in for this third point of the contest. Utica's three unanswered goals closed out the first half for a 4-1 advantage.

Diegues opened the second half with a power-play goal to extend Utica's lead. Segura followed with a highlight goal when Moises Gonzalez's shot ricocheted off the board to him and he ripped a 25-yard volley past Molina for his second goal and fifth point of the night.

Harrisburg scored twice in the fourth quarter to close to 8-6 before Callahan added his second of the night to finish the contest at 10-6.

Sunday, City fought back from three one-goal deficits but fell 5-4 in overtime.

Gonzalez scored twice, while Diegues and Segura chipped in with a goal apiece. Andrew Coughlin made four saves on nine shots in the loss.

Baltimore took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission but Diegues leveled the game at 1-1 4:52 into the second quarter. Baltimore regained the lead for the visitors.

Segura evened the game at two with 2:19 to go in the third quarter but Baltimore scored again with 3.5 seconds left in the third to lead 3-2.

Gonzalez tied the game at three when Bo Jelovac found him in the box for a touch that found its way past the keeper 2:20 into the final quarter. Again the Blast retook a one-goal advantage. Gonzalez tied the game a four with two minutes to play when he deposited a rebound off a Diegues shot. Neither team could find the net in the final two minutes and the game would head to overtime.

The Blast scored the overtime winner after turnover in front of the Utica net.

Utica returns to action on Sunday, Jan. 12 when they host the Harrisburg Heat at 2 p.m.

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