Swope Park Rangers extended their unbeaten streak to seven following a 4-0 victory over Rio Grande Valley FC.
The Rangers started off strong by keeping Borja Angoitia on his feet with two corner kicks from Kevin Olivera in the first five minutes. While Nansel Selbol — who scored the lone goal in Los Angeles last week — continuously rushed the ball down to the Toro’s end. Defender Kai Greene challenged Selbol, giving the Rangers another corner. Oliveira delivered a dangerous ball, however Greene kicked it out of bounds.
In the 27th minute, the Rangers would have a chance to score when James Musa sent in a header but it bounced off the crossbar. Mark Anthony Gonzalez went in for the rebound, but his shot flew over the net.
A second opportunity came in the 37th minute when Lebo Moloto rushed the ball into the box, only to miss it by inches. Moments later, Oliveira slid a ball to Moloto and he fired it into the back of the net, opening the scoresheet for the Rangers.
The Toros would get a chance to equalize in the 45th minute but their free kick was neutralized by an offside call. That would prove to be a mistake for the Toros as, for the final play of the first half, Gonzalez squeezed a goal into the corner of the net from an impossible angle, leading the Rangers into halftime 2-0.
During the second half, the Rangers continued to dominate as they came out looking to increase their lead. They got their chance in the 49th minute when Moloto sent the ball in Colton Storm’s path and he tucked it into the back of net for his first career goal.
The Rangers did well to hold off the Toros for the remainder of the match. Emilio Garcia tried to slip one past Adrian Zendejas in the 74th minute as soon he entered the match but the Sporting KC goalkeeper dove left, pushing Garcia’s attempt away. Cameron Iwasa then scored the fourth and final goal in the 84th minute, handing the Rangers their impressive 4-0 victory.
The Rangers will now go on a three road game campaign starting in Vancouver, facing the Vancouver Whitecaps 2 on July 12.