The Swope Park Rangers claimed a second consecutive 2-1 victory on Saturday night, earning a one-goal victory over Tulsa Roughnecks FC at ONEOK Field. Dane Kelly scored in the first half before Nansel Selbol added the winning goal late on, while Taylor Morgan pulled a goal back in the final seconds for the Roughnecks.
The Rangers (2-0-0) took the lead in the 11th minute, when Kevin Oliveira found Kelly just outside the area. Kelly was able to turn and fight off a few challenges before hitting a thunderous left-footed strike past Alex Mangels in the Tulsa (1-1-0) goal and make the score 1-0.
In the 34th minute, SPR almost went 2-0 up but Oliveira’s effort from close range was cleared off the line by Gary Cennerazzo. Just before the halftime whistle, Jon Kempin was forced into action to block a low effort from former Sporting KC Academy teammate Ray Lee to keep the Rangers’ lead intact.
SPR soaked up pressure for much of the second half but created the best opportuntiies on the break. Tyler Pasher, Tomas Granitto, Mark Anthony Gonzalez and Kelly all saw efforts saved by Mangels before Nansel Selbol finally found the second goal in stoppage time.
A quick throw-in from Daniel Salloi found Selbol on the edge of the Tulsa area, and the Academy product volleyed into the bottom corner to make the score 2-0. However, just like the previous week where SPR let up a goal in the final seconds against Portland Timbers 2, the Roughnecks snatched a goal back with seconds remaining through Taylor Morgan but the Rangers were able to see out the victory and improve to 2-0-0.
Man of the Match presented by Courtyard Overland Park Metcalf:
- Dane Kelly – Scored his first goal as a member of the Rangers with a blistering strike in the first half and was a constant handful for the Roughnecks, taking three shots in the game.
- The Swope Park Rangers will stay on the road next weekend as they head to Texas to take on San Antonio FC in their home opener at Toyota Field on Saturday, April 9. The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. CT and a live stream will be available on SportingKC.com.
Swope Park Rangers vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC
April 2, 2016 – ONEOK Field (Tulsa, Okla.)
Swope Park Rangers 2, Tulsa Roughnecks FC 1
SPR – Dane Kelly 1 (Kevin Oliveira 1) 11’
SPR – Nansel Selbol 1 (Daniel Salloi 1) 90+
TUL – Taylor Morgan 1 (Sammy Ochoa 1) 90+
Swope Park Rangers: Jon Kempin; Jimmy Mulligan, Tommy Meyer, Jacob VanCompernolle, Christian Duke ©; Ualefi, Tomas Granitto (Amer Didic 88’), Kevin Oliveira (Alex Molano 89’); Kris Tyrpak (Nansel Selbol 80’), Dane Kelly (Mark Anthony Gonzalez 76’), Tyler Pasher (Daniel Salloi 84’).
Substitutes Not Used: Zac Lubin, Oumar Ballo.
STATS: Shots 15, Shots on Goal 7, Corners 3, Fouls 12
Tulsa Roughnecks FC: Alex Mangels; Gary Cennerazzo, Matt Whatley, Mason Grimes, Ray Lee (Iarfhlaith Davoren 65’); Brady Ballew (Carlos Martinez 66’), Henri (David Abidor 75’), Adriano Pellegrino (Ballobi 60’), Kaleemullah; Jasson Ramos Carpio (Taylor Morgan 62’), Sammy Ochoa ©.
Substitutes Not Used: Jake Feener, Cristian Mata.
STATS: Shots 7, Shots on Goal 3, Corners 6, Fouls 10
Referee: Andrew Musashe
Assistant Referees: Roy Robinson and Jon Pendergrass
Fourth Official: Justin Hoppe
Weather: Clear and 68 degrees