Utica, N.Y. –  Utica City FC dropped their season-opener to the Baltimore Blast in a back-and-forth contest as Christian Segura scored a hat trick on his Utica City debut. The final score at SECU Arena was 8-7 in favor of the Blast.

The newly-acquired midfielder opened the scoring with the lone tally in the first quarter. Segura made a quick move at the top of the box before firing past William Vanzela with a left-footed strike. 

Bo Jelovac and Uroš "Momo" Momić scored for Utica City in the second quarter before Segura scored his second of the game as City raced out to a 4-2 lead at the half. 

The Blast scored four goals in the third quarter to jump out ahead of City. Utica fought back in the final quarter to even the score at six. Segura registered his hat trick to cut the lead in half before Logan Roberts' clever back-heel tied the score at six. 

Baltimore scored two quick goals to regain a two-goal advantage. The two teams square off again on Sunday at the Adirondack Bank Center.

Tickets are still available at or by calling the Box Office(315-790-9070.) Fans are encouraged to be in their seats early on Sunday for a special pre-game march to the pitch followed by all new videos, an international walkout and ceremonial ball exchange.

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