Recap: Wilson Harris, 18, scores first pro goal in Rangers 4-1 loss at Fresno FC

The Swope Park Rangers (7-4-4, 25 points) would lose 4-1 to Fresno FC (4-5-7, 19 points) at Chukchansi Park in Fresno, Calif., on Sunday night. Fresno would score four goals and the Rangers only goal would come in the 86th minute from 18-year-old Sporting KC Academy product Wilson Harris. 

Fresno would take an early lead in the first half with a goal from Christian Chaney and an assist from Zachary Ellis-Hayden in the fourth minute. 

Sporting KC Academy product Roman Knox took a shot from the top of the box in the 13th minute, but it would sail high over the crossbar. 

In the 23rd minute, Fresno would extend their lead to 2-0. Fresno’s Danny Barrera would score off a left-footed shot from the center of the box. Chaney would pick up the assist. 

A set piece in the 32nd minute would extend Fresno’s lead to 3-0. Jemal Johnson would take a right-footed shot from the center of the box that would sail past Darrin MacLeod. 

Sporting KC Academy product Felipe Hernandez’s shot in the 40th minute was caught by Fresno’s goalkeeper C.J. Cochran. In the 44th minute, Hernandez would have a great cross to Tyler Blackwood in the center of the box, but Blackwood would not be able to get a touch. 

In the 51st minute, Chase Minter would curve a beauty of a ball from a free kick that would nearly find the top right corner, but the Fresno goalie would punch it away. 

Fresno would score another set piece goal in the 82nd minute. Renato Bustamante would increase Fresno’s lead to 4-0 off a right-footed shot. 

Harris would score his first professional goal in the 86th minute when Cochran rushed off his line. Fellow Sporting KC Academy product Sean Karani would pick up the assist, his first as a professional.

Sporting KC Academy product and Fresno native Sebastian Cruz would have a great chance at pulling a second goal back for SPR with a shot to the top right corner of the goal, but Fresno’s goalie would be there to make the save.

The Rangers will return home on Sunday, June 24 at 4:00 p.m. CT to face Las Vegas Lights FC (4-5-4, 16 points) at Children’s Mercy Park. 

Notable Moment: 

Wilson Harris scored his first professional goal in tonight’s match in the 86th minute, becoming the second youngest scorer in SPR history. Harris entered at the start of the second half for his sixth appearance this season. Harris is the leading scorer for the Sporting KC Academy U-19s in the 2017-18 season, tallying 16 goals in just 14 appearances.

Swope Park Rangers vs Fresno FC
June 17, 2018 – Chukchansi Park
Swope Park Rangers 1, Fresno FC 4

Scoring Summary: 
FRS – Christian Chaney 2 (Zachary Ellis-Hayden 3) – 4’
FRS – Danny Barrera 1 (Christian Chaney 1) – 23’
FRS – Jemal Johnson 7 – 32’
FRS – Renato Bustamante 2 – 82’
SPR – Wilson Harris 1 (Sean Karani 1) – 86’ 

Misconduct Summary: 
FRS – Zachary Ellis-Hayden (Yellow Card) – 27’
SPR – Graham Smith (Yellow Card) – 34’
FRS – Rony Argueta (Yellow Card) – 76’
FRS – Franck Tayou (Yellow Card) – 87’ 

Swope Park Rangers:

Darrin MacLeod; Graham Smith ©, Bryam Rebellon, Parker Maher, Matt Lewis; Matheus Silva, Hadji Barry (Sean Karani 74’), Felipe Hernandez (Sebastian Cruz 63’); Chase Minter, Roman Knox (Wilson Harris 45’), Tyler Blackwood

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