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Blast drop MASL playoff opener to Utica City, 12-9

Blast drop MASL playoff opener to Utica City, 12-9

The Blast had worked all their way back from a four-goal deficit against Utica City FC when Sam Guernsey scored on a tremendous bicycle kick midway through the fourth quarter that had the SECU Arena crowd in a frenzy on Saturday night.

The three-time defending Major Arena Soccer Lague champions appeared poised to take hold of the first game of the Eastern Division final.

Instead, 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 Blast will have to win Game 2 at...

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