The Swope Park Rangers fell to their second straight defeat on Wednesday night, suffering a 2-1 loss against Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2. Kris Tyrpak put the Rangers ahead with his first goal of the season, but Whitecaps FC 2 responded with goals from Kyle Greig and Ben McKendry to reach the summit of the USL Western Conference.
The Rangers (2-2-1, 7 pts.) started the game on the front foot and took a deserved lead when Tyrpak scored in the 15th minute. Daniel Salloi received the ball in space and slid a pass between the two Vancouver center backs to send Tyrpak clear, and the forward finished with aplomb for his first goal of the season.
Two minutes later, Tyrpak returned the favor to Salloi with a curling ball behind the defense, but Salloi could only put his shot wide after cutting inside his man in the area. SPR kept pressing and Kevin Oliveira put a 25-yard free kick on frame but straight at Spencer Richey in the Vancouver goal.
Whitecaps FC 2 (3-0-2, 11 pts.) found their equalizer in the 30th minute after Jacob VanCompernolle tripped Alphonso Davies in the Rangers area. Kyle Greig stepped up to convert his team-leading fourth goal of the season and make the score 1-1 heading into halftime.
Ten minutes after the break, Vancouver found their go-ahead goal with a powerful, long-distance strike from Whitecaps loanee Ben McKendry. The ball popped out to Daniel Haber following a save from Kempin, and he flicked the ball on to McKendry to strike the ball into the upper right corner on the half-volley and make the score 2-1.
Tyrpak thought he had earned a penalty kick for the Rangers when he was taken out by Richey in the 70th minute, but referee Elvis Mahmutovic instead pointed for a corner. Tyler Pasher, who was celebrating his 22nd birthday, and Nansel Selbol both threatened in the 78th and 79th minute but the ball flashed wide on each occasion.
Selbol had the final Rangers chance but saw his effort held by Richey as SPR suffered their second straight defeat while Vancouver climbed to the top of the USL Western Conference standings.
- The Swope Park Rangers will return to action next weekend when they travel to take on Saint Louis FC at WWT Soccer Park in Fenton, Mo. on Saturday, May 7. Kickoff for that game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT and will be available via live stream on SportingKC.com
Swope Park Rangers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2
April 27, 2016 – Swope Soccer Village (Kansas City, Mo.)
Swope Park Rangers 1, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 2
SPR – Kris Tyrpak 1 (Daniel Salloi 2) 15’
VAN – Kyle Greig (Penalty Kick) 30’
VAN – Ben McKendry 1 (Daniel Haber 1) 55’
SPR – Kris Tyrpak (Yellow Card) 39’
VAN – Daniel Haber (Yellow Card) 42’
SPR – Jimmy Mulligan (Yellow Card) 48’
VAN – Ben McKendry (Yellow Card) 53’
SPR – Jordi Quintilla (Yellow Card) 58’
Swope Park Rangers: Jon Kempin; Jimmy Mulligan, Tommy Meyer, Jacob VanCompernolle, Christian Duke ©; Ualefi, Jordi Quintilla (Amer Didic 90’), Kevin Oliveira (Will Little 68’); Kris Tyrpak (Oumar Ballo 90+), Daniel Salloi (Nansel Selbol 72’), Tyler Pasher.
Substitutes Not Used: Zac Lubin, Johnny Grant, Tomas Granitto.
STATS: Shots 10, Shots on Goal 6, Corners 5, Fouls 13
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2: Spencer Richey; Chris Serban, Sem de Wit, Cole Seiler, Brett Levis; Will Seymore, Ben McKendry (Matthew Baldisimo 87’), Marco Bustos (Thomas Garnder 89’); Daniel Haber (Fatawu Safiu 73’), Kyle Greig ©, Alphonso Davies (Sahil Sandhu 81’).
Substitutes Not Used: Marco Carducci, Kadin Chung, Jackson Farmer.
STATS: Shots 8, Shots on Goal 4, Corners 3, Fouls 10
Referee: Elvis Mahmutovic
Assistant Referees: Don Tebeau and Justin Mack
Fourth Official: Robert Sorey
Weather: Cloudy and 63 degrees