A second minute goal was all the offense Swope Park Rangers needed Saturday night in San Antonio as they were able to eke out a draw at Toyota Field, 1-1.
Daniel Salloi was the goal-scorer for the Rangers, while Danny Garcia put one in for San Antonio FC.
This was San Antonio FC's first home match in franchise history. Toyota Field had previously been home to the NASL's San Antonio Scorpions, who were dissolved this past December.
The Rangers were on the board almost immediately. Salloi was in the right place at the right time in the second minute, when Tomas Granitto sent in a corner. The ball pinged around the six-yard box before Salloi was able to reach back, get a foot on the ball and punch it in for the score.
It was Salloi's second goal of the season.
After that, however, San Antonio FC controlled the match. They kept the Rangers on their back heels as they levied attack after attack, but were unable to put the ball in the net. Danny Garcia was especially frustrating for the home side as he ran into a series of unfortunate events ranging from being offside, slipping in the box or firing it just over the bar.
Garcia finally got his, however, in the 32nd minute. Carlos Alvarez caught the Rangers' back line too far forward and sent a through ball to a streaking Garcia, who slid it past Jon Kempin for the equalizer.
Later in the half, Salloi caused some concern after he went down following a collision and had to go to the sideline momentarily, but was able to come back into the match.
At the break, the two sides were level at 1-1.
The second half slowed down considerably as the Rangers settled in for a draw. Their subs were more defensive and, once Danny Garcia was subbed out for San Antonio, the home side's attack suffered as well.
Although there were a couple of close calls, neither side could get in the net and Swope Park Rangers escaped San Antonio with a draw. They improved to 2-0-1 on the year, remaining unbeaten in their first season.
Next week the Rangers are off. The return to action on April 23 when they travel to see old friend Jimmy Nielsen and Oklahoma City Energy FC.