The Swope Park Rangers played to a 1-1 draw with Sacramento Republic FC on Saturday night at Bonney Field. After a goalless first half, the Rangers took the lead through Kevin Oliveira in the 73rd minute, but Sac Republic hit right back through Cameron Iwasa as the game finished all square.
The Rangers (3-4-2, 11 pts.) threatened first, when Oliveira’s free kick from 20 yards flew just over the Sac Republic crossbar in the sixth minute. Sacramento (4-3-2, 14 pts.) responded by creating two chances of their own, but a defensive block by Tommy Meyer and a save by Zac Lubin denied Harry Williams and Daniel Trickett-Smith, respectively.
In the 22nd minute, Williams dribbled his way through the SPR defense and looked certain to score, only for Amer Didic to block his close-range strike with a last-ditch challenge. Didic and Oliveira each had half-chances for the Rangers while Sac Republic’s Joaquin Rivas and Williams also spurned opportunities as the half finished goalless.
Three minutes after the break, Williams again called Lubin into action after the forward turned and fired toward the bottom corner but the Rangers goalkeeper tipped his effort around the post. Five minutes later, Lubin again denied Williams after he had been played through by Trickett-Smith.
The breakthrough finally arrived in the 73rd minute through Oliveira. After patient buildup from the Rangers, Mark Anthony Gonzalez fed Oliveira in the midfield, and the 19-year-old unleashed a powerful drive that swerved beyond Dominik Jakubek in the Sacramento goal to give SPR the lead with his second strike of the year and his first since the season opener.
The lead would only last three minutes, as Sac Republic hit back through Iwasa after he was set up in the area by substitute Thomas Stewart. In the closing stages, Lubin produced a diving stop to deny a goal-bound effort from Sac Republic captain Danny Barrera to preserve a point for the Rangers.
Man of the Match presented by Courtyard Overland Park Metcalf
- Amer Didic – The 21-year-old center back produced a standout defensive performance in the heart of the Rangers’ backline with numerous blocks, tackles and successful aerial duels.
- The Swope Park Rangers will next head to Meridian, Idaho for a matchup with Portland Timbers 2 on June 4 at Rocky Mountain Stadium. Kickoff for that game is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT and will be available via live stream on SportingKC.com. The side’s next home game follows four days later with a midweek clash against Rio Grande Valley FC at Swope Soccer Village on Wednesday, June 8.
Swope Park Rangers vs. Sacramento Republic FC
May 28, 2016 – Bonney Field (Sacramento, Calif.)
Swope Park Rangers 1, Sacramento Republic FC 1
SPR – Kevin Oliveira 2 (Mark Anthony Gonzalez 2) 73’
SAC – Cameron Iwasa 2 (Thomas Stewart 2) 76’
SAC – Derek Foran (Yellow Card) 32’
SPR – Tyler Pasher (Yellow Card) 60’
SAC – Agustin Cazarez (Yellow Card) 66’
SPR – Ualefi (Yellow Card) 85’
SPR – Jimmy Mulligan (Yellow Card) 86’
Swope Park Rangers: Zac Lubin; Jimmy Mulligan, Tommy Meyer, Amer Didic (Oumar Ballo 90+), Jacob VanCompernolle; Ualefi, Christian Duke © (Tomas Granitto 81’), Kevin Oliveira (Alex Molano 90+); Tyler Pasher (Kris Tyrpak 69’), Mark Anthony Gonzalez, Daniel Salloi (Nansel Selbol 85’).
Substitutes Not Used: Jon Kempin, Johnny Grant.
STATS: Shots 10, Shots on Goal 4, Corners 5, Fouls 14
Sacramento Republic FC: Dominik Jakubek; Joaquin Rivas (Thomas Stewart 63’), Derek Foran, Chris Christian, James Kiffe; Octavio Guzman, Danny Barrera ©, Agustin Cazarez, Daniel Trickett-Smith (Max Alvarez 73’); Cameron Iwasa, Harry Williams (Alfonso Motagalvan 83’).
Substitutes Not Used: Evan Newton, Mike da Fonte, Chase Minter, Mackenzie Pridham.
STATS: Shots 15, Shots on Goal 6, Corners 6, Fouls 13
Referee: Joseph Dickerson
Assistant Referees: Andrew Hanks and Eric Ehrhardt
Fourth Official: Tucker Schwarberg
Weather: Clear and 84 degrees