The Swope Park Rangers (11-9-7, 7th place) earned all three points over Tulsa Roughnecks FC (2-13-10, 16 points, 17th place) on Wednesday night at Children’s Mercy Park, snapping the team's five-game winless streak at home. After falling behind in the first half, Sporting KC Homegrown Player Wan Kuzain leveled the match in the 27th minute and Hadji Barry scored the game-winner in the 79th minute for his team-leading 11th goal of the season.
In the ninth minute, goalkeeper and Sporting KC loanee Eric Dick faced a free kick from Tulsa’s Eti Tavares, but Dick would snag the ball out of the air. Tulsa’s Michael Gamble would make it past Sporting KC loanee Amer Didic and find the back of the net for Tulsa’s loan goal in the 15th minute.
Sporting KC loanee Gianluca Busio crossed a ball to Barry in the 25th minute, but Barry’s shot would be saved by goalkeeper Fabian Cerda. Busio would win a set piece in the 26th minute and Kuzain would score the equalizer with his second goal of the season in the 27th minute on a stunning free kick.
In the 38th minute, Busio would show some fancy footwork and chip the ball to Parker Maher, but Cerda would be there for the save. Sporting KC Academy product Felipe Hernandez would take a ball from Tyler Blackwood in the 39th minute, but his attempt would also be saved.
Sporting KC Academy product and Sporting KC loanee Jaylin Lindsey directed a header toward the target, but it would sail just high of the crossbar following a corner from Hernandez in the 48th minute. Lindsey would then prevent Tulsa from improving their score by clearing away a chance in the 50th minute.
Maher would send a through ball to Rassambek Akhmatov in the 64th minute, but the attempt would be blocked. Barry would send the game-winning goal into the net in the 79th minute off a Busio pass to give SPR the 2-1 lead.
Blackwood would nearly make the score 3-1 in the 80th minute, but his shot would hit the left post and ping off in the opposite direction.
The Rangers would end the night with a 2-1 victory over Tulsa Roughnecks FC. SPR will remain home for their next four matches. Their next match comes on Sunday, September 2 at 4:00 p.m. CT when the Rangers take on OKC Energy FC at Children’s Mercy Park.
Swope Park Rangers vs Tulsa Roughnecks FC
August 29, 2018 – Children’s Mercy Park
Swope Park Rangers 2, Tulsa Roughnecks FC 1
TUL – Michael Gamble 3 (unassisted) – 15’
SPR – Wan Kuzain 2 (unassisted) – 27’
SPR – Hadji Barry 11 (Gianluca Busio 2) – 79’
SPR – Parker Maher (Yellow Card) – 32’
SPR – Hadji Barry (Yellow Card) – 45’+1’
TUL – Nemanja Vukovic (Yellow Card) – 52’
SPR – Jaylin Lindsey (Yellow Card) – 60’
SPR – Joshua Morton (Yellow Card) – 65’
TUL – Eti Tavares (Yellow Card) – 70’
SPR – Graham Smith (Yellow Card) – 75’
SPR – Ethan Vanacore-Decker (Yellow Card) – 90’
Swope Park Rangers: Eric Dick; Parker Maher, Graham Smith, Amer Didic ©, Jaylin Lindsey; Wan Kuzain, Gianluca Busio (Bryam Rebellon 83’), Felipe Hernandez (Rassambek Akhmatov 57’); Will Little (Ethan Vanacore-Decker 61’), Hadji Barry, Tyler Blackwood