KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – Ben McKendry scored his second goal of the season on a penalty kick but it was too little, too late for Whitecaps FC 2 as they fell 3-1 to Swope Park Rangers at Children’s Mercy Victory Field on Friday evening.
Nansel Selbol, Lebo Moloto, and Kharlton Belmar scored in the first half for Swope Park, who improve to 4W-2L-0D and remain undefeated at home. WFC2 fall to 2W-3L-2D with the loss in a rematch of last year’s USL Cup Playoffs Western Conference Final.
WFC2 head coach Rich Fagan made two changes to last week’s lineup against Sacramento Republic FC, reinserting McKendry and Thomas Sanner into the starting XI that included four teenage WFC Residency products.
However, it was the home side that would gain an early advantage. Kevin Oliveira capitalized on a turnover in midfield and slid a through ball to Selbol, who deked past WFC2 defenders to slot the opening goal into Spencer Richey’s net and give Rangers the 1-0 lead.
Moloto would double the Swope Park lead in the 28th minute. After being denied by Richey just moments earlier, the South African midfielder would convert when he combined with Selbol and Colton Storm on the counterattack.
The offensive surge from Rangers continued. In the 38th minute, it was Belmar benefiting from another clinical passing display in the midfield, with Storm and Moloto playing the setup role, to give Swope Park the 3-0 advantage.
The ‘Caps would get their chances to cut into the deficit as Sanner, Andy Thoma, and Terran Campbell pushed late in the first half, but Swope Park came up with the timely stop each time.
The visitors would settle in on defence in the second half and McKendry pulled one back late for Vancouver, converting on an 86th minute penalty kick. Substitute Gloire Amanda won the spot kick on an aerial collision with Rangers defender Amer Didic inside the box, but it would not be enough as Swope Park won, 3-1.
Whitecaps FC 2 continue their road trip with a visit to Tulsa Roughnecks FC at ONEOK Field on Thursday, May 11. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. PT.
The boys are back home for Mothers’ Day when they host Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at UBC Thunderbird Stadium on Sunday, May 14. Moms get in for free, with the purchase of one or more tickets for the rest of the family. Kickoff is at 3 p.m. PT. Click here to purchase tickets.
Referee: Calin Radosav
8' – SPR – Nansel Selbol (Kevin Oliveira)
28' – SPR – Lebo Moloto (Colton Storm)
38' – SPR – Kharlton Belmar (Lebo Moloto)
86' – VAN – Ben McKendry (penalty kick)
Possession: SPR 52.1% - VAN 47.9%
Shots: SPR 8 - VAN 6
Shots on Goal: SPR 6 - VAN 1
Saves: SPR 0 - VAN 3
Fouls: SPR 16 - VAN 13
Offsides: SPR 3 - VAN 1
Corners: SPR 3 - VAN 6
37' – VAN – David Norman Jr.
57' – SPR – Colton Storm
80' – SPR – Robert Mirosavic
86' – SPR – James Musa
90' + 4’ – VAN – Ben McKendry
Swope Park Rangers
1.Adrian Zendejas; 23.Colton Storm, 55.Amer Didic, 2.Erik Palmer-Brown, 77.Tyler Pasher (44.Parker Maher 59’); 88.Kevin Oliveira, 41.James Musa, 32.Christian Duke ©; 31.Nansel Selbol (43.Robert Mirosavic 64’), 42.Lebo Moloto, 90.Kharlton Belmar (79.Max Rugova 73’)
Substitutes not used
71.David Greczek, 66.Liam Doyle, 75.Wan Kuzain, 85.Felipe Hernandez
Whitecaps FC 2
18.Spencer Richey; 65.Matthew Baldisimo, 51.Sem de Wit ©, 41.Dominick Zator, 62.Deklan Wynne; 64.Thomas Gardner, 42.David Norman Jr. (50.Nazeem Bartman 70’), 30.Ben McKendry; 61.Terran Campbell, 57.Thomas Sanner (54.Gloire Amanda HT), 44.Andy Thoma (63.Kadin Chung 58’)
Substitutes not used
40.Sean Melvin, 55.Chris Serban, 58.Will Seymore