The Swope Park Rangers continued their 6-match unbeaten streak on Friday night as they took down LA Galaxy II on the road 1-0.
Nansel Selbol was the lone goalscorer of the match, picking up his fourth score of the year.
Neither team had much going for them offensively in the first half, save for a couple of attempts. When the Galaxy did get a shot on goal, Rangers’ keeper Adrian Zendejas was there to save.
ADRIAN ZENDEJAS COMING UP HUGE TO KEEP IT SCORELESS!!! @MrZ3ND #LAvSPR pic.twitter.com/hked27vCSn— Chad Smith (@PlayFor90) July 1, 2017
At the close of the half, Alejandro Covarrubias earned the first card of the match for this elbow.
The Galaxy pick up a yellow for this elbow that is clearly intentional. If it was to the head (hard to tell) should be red. #LAvSPR pic.twitter.com/1vaUpojBOi— Chad Smith (@PlayFor90) July 1, 2017
That was most of the excitement for the first half as the two teams went into the break scoreless.
In the second half the Rangers gained an advantage attacking-wise and finally broke through in the 64th minute when Selbol, who had just come off the bench minutes before, received a ball near the top of the box and curled it home from 15 yards out for the goal.
The Nigerian Nightmare! Nansel Selbol scores right after coming off the bench! Super-sub! 1-0 @SwopeRangers @nansel_selbol #LAvSPR pic.twitter.com/5OOKKtwZ1N— Chad Smith (@PlayFor90) July 1, 2017
Only a couple of minutes later, Selbol came close to his second goal of the evening. He had some room in the box ahead of the defenders but had a poor angle coming from the side of the goal. He tried to beat the keeper high but the ball clanged off the crossbar and out of danger for the Galaxy.
66' Selbol off the bar! Nearly gets a brace as a 61st minute sub! #LAvSPR pic.twitter.com/mN2zEd9Aam— Chad Smith (@PlayFor90) July 1, 2017
Then in the 74th minute, the Rangers came close to another score as Marc Anthony Gonzales put a ball on target but it was saved off the line and out of danger.
74' Mark Anthony-Gonzalez's shot gets saved off the line! Still 1-0 SPR. #LAvSPR pic.twitter.com/tfttC4CmPY— Chad Smith (@PlayFor90) July 1, 2017
The Rangers would put five shots on goal before the night was over while limiting the Galaxy to two. SPR held on for the 1-0 victory, which was their fourth in their last five matches. Their hot streak has put them right back into the thick of things in the Western Conference as they moved up to third in the table with the victory.
Next up for the Rangers is a home match against Rio Grande Valley FC on July 8.