Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Rangers Drop Second Straight

The Swope Park Rangers dropped their second game of the season and second game in a row, dropping a 2-1 result against the Vancouver Whitecaps 2 at the Swope Soccer Village. The Rangers first game at their home didn't go to plan for the Rangers and head coach Marc Dos Santos.

Things started very well for the Rangers as they were able to grab the lead in just the 14th minute. Sporting KC loanee, Daniel Salloi received the ball out away from goal on the left side. He dribbled into the middle towards goal before trying to slot a ball through to Kris Tyrpak into the box. The ball was partially cut out by a sliding challenge, but Tyrpak was able to still get the ball and slot a ball into the near corner to put the Rangers on top 1-0. Right after the goal the Rangers continued to pressure and looked like they'd be able to double their lead but Salloi put a curling shot near the corner of the box just wide of the post and the score stayed 1-0. The lead lasted until the 30th minute when Jacob VanCompernolle brought down Whitecaps forward, Alphonso Davies in the box. Whitecaps captain, Kyle Greig stepped up and sent Jon Kempin the wrong way tying the score at 1-1. That's where the half ended with the two teams level.

The second half was end to end with neither side creating really clear chances until the 55th when the Whitecaps had a number of chances in front of goal, but Kempin came up with a couple saves, the ball was partially cleared but from about 30 yards out where Ben McKendry settled the ball and fired a shot that looped over Kempin and into the net as Kempin was getting back towards his line giving the Whitecaps a 2-1 lead. The Whitecaps continued the pressure and kick save by Kempin kept the score from becoming 3-1. As the half rolled on the Rangers threw more and more numbers forward, the Rangers didn't have a lot of offense on the bench and with that threw defenders Amer Didic and Oumar Ballo up at forward to try to knock down long balls. Unfortunately the Rangers were unable to find the back of the net and fell to 2-2-1 on the season.

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