The Swope Park Rangers claimed a 4-1 victory over Rockhurst University at Swope Soccer Village on Saturday afternoon. First-half goals from Tyler Pasher, Amer Didic and Kris Tyrpak put the Rangers in a commanding position before Mark Anthony Gonzalez sealed the win in the second half.
The Rangers began the game quickly and almost went ahead in the second minute when Pasher was slipped into the area and saw his shot saved before Tyrpak’s rebound struck the outside of the post.
Pasher wasn’t to be denied, however, and put the Rangers ahead three minutes later. Tyrpak whipped in a cross from the right that Pasher controlled with his back to goal, turned his man and slammed the ball into the roof of the net to make the score 1-0.
In the 19th minute, Pasher turned provider as his corner kick from the left was met by Didic who looped a header over the goalkeeper, a defender on the line and into the top corner. Rockhurst pulled a goal back three minutes later when Gianluca Bottoni found himself free in the area and clipped a finish over Jon Kempin and into the net.
The Rangers reestablished their two-goal lead just five minutes later, with Tomas Granitto sending a cross to the back post where Tyrpak towered over his man and headed into the bottom corner to make the halftime score 3-1.
The Rangers continued their dominance in the second half, with Pasher twice going close early on and Nansel Selbol seeing a low effort saved. In the 74th minute, the Rangers extended their lead with Selbol slipping a ball down the right channel for substitute Gonzalez, who had only been on the field for four minutes, and he beat his man for pace and smashed the ball off the post and in from a tight angle to make the final score 4-1.
Swope Park Rangers vs. Rockhurst University
March 12, 2016 – Swope Soccer Village (Kansas City, Mo.)
Swope Park Rangers 4, Rockhurst University 1
SPR – Tyler Pasher (Kris Tyrpak) 5’
SPR – Amer Didic (Tyler Pasher) 19’
RU – Gianluca Bottoni 22’
SPR – Kris Tyrpak (Tomas Granitto) 27’
SPR – Mark Anthony Gonzalez (Nansel Selbol) 74’
RU – Tom McDonald (Yellow Card) 57’
SPR – Nansel Selbol (Yellow Card) 78’
Swope Park Rangers: Jon Kempin (Zac Lubin 46’); Jimmy Mulligan (Johnny Grant 63’), Tommy Meyer (Oumar Ballo 46’), Amer Didic (Jacob VanCompernolle 46’), Christian Duke (Ezra Armstrong 69’); Ualefi (Felipe Hernandez 78’), Tomas Granitto, Kevin Oliveira (Alex Molano 59’); Kris Tyrpak (Will Little 75’), Dane Kelly (Mark Anthony Gonzalez 70’), Tyler Pasher (Nansel Selbol 59’).
Referee: Jon Freemon
Assistant Referees: Ryan Cook and Ricardo Gutierrez
Weather: Rainy and 58 degrees