The Swope Park Rangers dropped their second straight match in a row. It was the first home loss for Sporting Kansas City's USL side. The visiting Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 came from behind to beat the Rangers 2-1.
Swope Park got off to a good start, aggressive and pushing most of the play at the beginning. Kris Tyrpak scored his first of the season when Daniel Salloi received a pass wide, cut to the middle and then sliced a ball through to Tyrpak. The pass was almost intercepted and Tyrpak had to gather the ball, fake left and cut right to throw the goalie of balance and then put it in the net. A calm and composed finish for the Rangers' forward in the 15th minute.
"It was huge, a weight off my shoulders," Tyrpak commented on getting his first goal for the team. "But unfortunately it came with a loss so I can't take a huge positive out of it. I think the team did alright tonight but I wish the goal would have helped us win, instead Vancouver fought back and did very well and we didn't answer."
The Rangers seemed to take their foot of the gas a little bit at that point allowing Vancouver to get the upper hand and that showed in the 30th minute when Vancouvers Alphonso Davies broke away on a counter and Jacob VanCompernolle took him down in the box. Kyle Greig stepped up and put the ball just inside the corner on the resulting penalty.
"We lost a little bit of our composure, got a little too confident and took a couple plays off and that resulted in the penalty," Tyrpak observed. "We talked about that coming into this game, we've got to watch for the counters and unfortunately they got the penalty off of a counter. We were a little bit out of sorts but we fought our way back into it but it might have been a little too little too late."
The match remained level with Vancouver getting a bit better of the run of play into the second half. The Whitecaps second goal will be a candidate for goal of week for sure. Swope Park keeper Jon Kempin came out to stop the initial break into the box and the ball seemed to have been played out to a safe distance.
As players went up for header to gain control the ball fell in front of Ben McKendry who waited for it to bounce and the volleyed a shot into the upper corner just past a diving Kempin.
The Rangers picked up the pace and subbed in fresh legs from that point and did create a number of opportunities but could not find that equalizer.
"I think we came in the game very, very well," Rangers head coach Marc Dos Santos stated after the match. "The first 15 to 20 minutes were very good from our part. We could have scored the second one, we didn't. When they were open and we had a lot of opportunities, I think we were very dangerous after the 1-0, to try to get the 2-0. We didn't do that. The mistake that we could have dealt better with the transition ball. We weren't able to deal with it, so it gave them the tying goal. In the second half, we knew it was a question of two very good teams, two teams that have a lot of quality and dangerous players and their goal comes from a strike that is very difficult to control in a game. It's maybe a moment of magic in that situation and that's how you lose a game. I think we pushed a lot after the subs, we tried to put numbers in the box. We tried to be a little more direct when we had to but unfortunately we weren't able to get a result."
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 Carudcci, Kadin Chung, Jackson Farmer.
STATS: Shots 8, Shots on Goal 4, Corners 3, Fouls 10