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Utah Warriors Losing Streak Hits Six In Loss To New England Free Jacks

Jun 16, 2024, 2:58 PM | Updated: Jun 17, 2024, 2:26 pm

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Warriors hung tough in a high-scoring first half but ultimately came up short against the New England Free Jacks 36-27. The loss ended Utah’s postseason hopes.

The Warriors (4-9-0, Fifth in West) took on the New England Free Jacks (9-4-0, First in East) at Veteran Memorial Stadium on Sunday, June 16.

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First Half

The Warriors struck first, capitalizing on a Free Jacks turnover by putting three points on the board less than two minutes in. Joel Hodgson split the uprights with a penalty to give Utah a 3-0 lead.

The Free Jacks knotted the game at three with their penalty kick two minutes later.

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Utah’s Michael Manson broke free for a long try in the ninth minute. Utah led 10-3 after Hodgson added the conversion.

New England’s first try came in the 18th minute as they powered through the Warrior’s defense. A conversion deadlocked the match at 10-10.

Utah saw a 23rd-minute try wiped off the board after review because of a forward pass.

The Warriors seized momentum moments later when Hodgson and Caleb Makene combined for the second try of the match. Utah led 17-10 after finishing the conversion.

New England answered in the 30th minute with a try and conversion to even the match once again.

The halftime horn sounded, and the score was deadlocked at 17.

Second Half

With Utah down a man after a dangerous play penalty late in the half, New England marched down the pitch for a try on their first possession of the second half to take a 22-17 lead.

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Hodgson cut the deficit to 22-20 with a penalty kick.

Controlling the early portion of the second-half, New England added another try and conversion in the 60th minute to make it 31-20.

The Warriors’ John DuPree dotted down the team’s first try of the second half in the 62nd minute. Hodgson’s conversion made it 31-29.

New England put together a long, punishing possession before crossing the try line in the 69th minute to give the Free Jacks a nine-point advantage.

Utah put together one last push in the final minutes but couldn’t find the try zone to close the match, losing 36-27.

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The Warriors return to Zions Bank Stadium on Saturday, June 22, to host the Dallas Jackals. The match begins at 8 p.m. MT and can be streamed at KSLSports.com.

Brian Preece is a KSLsports.com insider covering the Utah State Aggies, Locals in MLB, and the Salt Lake Bees. Follow Brian’s Bees, Beehive baseball, and Aggie athletics coverage here.

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