Down one game in the Eastern Division championship, the three-time defending champions rallied for a 7-3 win in Game 2 and got a goal from veteran defender Adriano Dos Santos with a 1:33 remaining in the ensuing 15-minute mini-game to advance with a 2-1 victory.
Utica City’s Bo Jelovac quieted the crowd with a goal with four minutes to play. The Blast pressed on, but couldn’t come up with the final answer as the visitors tacked on two goals in the final minute for a 12-9 win before an announced crowd of 2,926.
The defending Major Arena Soccer League champion Blast showed their typical resiliency in reaching the conference final, going to Harrisburg on Wednesday and beating the Heat twice to come back for the Eastern Division series win.
The Blast announced its 20-game 2016-17 Major Arena Soccer League regular-season schedule Tuesday, opening the campaign on the road against the Harrisburg Heat on Nov. 5. The Blast's home opener, the first of 10 regular-season home games at Royal Farms Arena, is set for Nov. 11 against the Milwaukee Wave.
On Tuesday, the anticipated Eastern Conference championship series moves to Baltimore with the Blast owning a 1-0 series lead following a come-from-behind, 4-3 overtime win in Missouri on Thursday. If the Comets take Game 2, a 15-minute mini game would immediately follow to determined which team advances to the league championships series.
The Blast and the Missouri Comets spent much of the night playing tight defense, trading scoring chances and waiting to pounce on a critical mistake that would be the difference in the game. The moment came 3:14 into overtime as Missouri midfielder Vahid Assadpour found some space just outside the penalty area and slotted the ball inside the far post to provide a 5-4 victory before an announced 8,121 Friday night at Royal Farms Arena.
The Blast returns home after going 2-2 on its longest road trip of the season, closing with Monday's 10-5 win against the Chicago Mustangs to clinch the Major Arena Soccer League's Eastern Division title for the second straight season.
Tony Donatelli scored a go-ahead goal with 8:06 to play in the third quarter and the Blast's trademark defense handled the rest, blanking the Lancers in the entire second half to pull out a gutsy 6-4 win for the Eastern Division title in front of an announced crowd of 5,544 at Royal Farms Arena.
The inaugural Major Arena Soccer League season will include 23 teams competing in four divisions — Eastern, Central, Southern and Pacific. The Blast will play in the Eastern with the Detroit Waza Flo, Harrisburg Heat, Rochester Lancers and Syracuse Silver Knights.
Hale announced the creation of the Major Arena Soccer League at a news conference at Canton Dockside restaurant, a 24-team operation that includes teams from the Major Indoor Soccer League and the Professional Arena Soccer League.
The Baltimore Blast, along with five other former Major Indoor Soccer League teams, have reached an agreement to partner with teams from the Professional Arena Soccer League to create a new league that is expected to consist of 20-plus teams throughout North America.
Forced to play a deciding, 15-minute mini game after the Silver Knights claimed the second game earlier of the semifinal series earlier in the evening, the Blast scored and defended just enough to come away with a thrilling, 4-3 win and earn the right to defend its crown.
The Blast opened up an early lead, locked down the Ambush's attack and cruised to a 14-2 victory before an announced 6,432 at Baltimore Arena, extending their winning streak to a league-best seven games.
The Blast enters the 2014 portion of its schedule on an impressive four-game winning streak, and tied for second place with Missouri in the Major Indoor Soccer League, one game back of the first-place Milwaukee Wave.
The Baltimore Blast shared proved far superior against another Major Indoor Soccer League opponent in a 15-9 win over the Missouri Comets in front of an announced 6,611 at 1st Mariner Arena on Saturday night.