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...