The Swope Park Rangers earned their way into their second straight USL Final with a 0-0 (7-6) shootout win over the Oklahoma City Energy on Saturday night at Children’s Mercy Park. An 11 round shootout was finished off by goalkeeper Adrian Zendejas, who’d saved four penalties on the shootout (and a fifth had been shot over the bar). Also this weekend, the Kansas City Comets kicked off their 2017-2018 season at home against the St. Louis Ambush. Here are some stats and milestones from both of those games.
Swope Park Rangers
Tyler Pasher made his 50th start in all competitions for SPR, he's the 2nd player all time on hit that mark.
Adrian Zendejas made his 33rd appearance in all competitions for SPR, breaking his tie with Kris Tyrpak for 7th all time on that list.
In the 22nd minute, Colton Storm moved ahead of Nansel Selbol and into 8th place for minutes played across all competitions for Swope Park, he finished the game with 2,532 minutes played.
In the 61st minute, Lebo Moloto moved ahead of Selbol and into 9th place for minutes played in all competitions, he finished the game with 2,493 minutes played.
Moloto and Storm made their 28th start in all competitions for SPR, tying them with Mark Anthony Gonzalez for 7th all time on that list.
Moloto and Kevin Oliveira made their 32nd appearances in all competitions for SPR, tying them with Tyrpak for 8th all time on that list.
Oliveira made his 26th start in all competitions, tying him with Tommy Meyer for 10th all time on that list.
At 24 years, 338 days, Kharlton Belmar moved ahead of Jimmy Mulligan and into 16th place among the oldest players to appear in or start a game in all competitions for Swope Park.
Kansas City Comets
Bryan Perez's two assists gave him 47 in league play for the Comets, tying him with Byron Alvarez for 5th all time on that list.
It also gave Perez 53 in all competitions for the Comets, seeing him jump ahead of Alvarez and into 5th place on that list.
Guerrero Pino's goal was his 13th in league play for the Comets, breaking his tie with Coady Andrews for 19th all time on that list.
It was his 13th in all competitions, tying him with Josh Gardner, Stefan St. Louis, and Tiguinho for 20th all time on that list.
Leo Gibson became the first Comets player to score a goal in all eight of the Comets seasons since their re-birth (a feat that can only be equaled by Stefan Stokic among players currently on the roster).