Photo Courtesy Nick Tre. Smith/Swope Park Rangers
KANSAS CITY, MO. – The Swope Park Rangers got back on track with a 2-0 victory over OKC Energy FC that brought an end to a six-game undefeated streak thanks to two goals from Lebo Moloto at Children's Mercy Victory Field on Saturday night. In the 19th minute Tyler Pasher rounded Cody Laurendi, and went down, earning a penalty for the Swope Park Rangers, which Moloto took launching it high and straight to open the scoring. Moloto was able to make it two for himself, and the Rangers, as Felipe Hernandez worked hard to find space and square for Moloto who put it in to the back of the net. Energy FC had early chances and thought it had opened the scoring in just the sixth when Miguel Gonzalez had the ball in the back of the net but was denied by the offside flag. Five minutes from halftime an Energy FC counter attack saw Gonzalez sent clean through on goal but he could only send it across the face of goal, keeping it 1-0 at halftime. After getting the two-goal lead early in the second half, the Rangers just looked to hold possession, holding off a late OKC charge to get the win.
19’ – SPR – Lebo Moloto (Penalty)
49’ – SPR – Lebo Moloto (Felipe Hernandez)
Three Things That Matter:
1. It has been a tough run in recent weeks for the Swope Park Rangers as they came in to the match on a six-match winless run. After their longest winless run of the season, the Rangers finally broke through for a win, which gets their top four hopes back on track.
2. A poor away record continued for Energy FC, and with just two away wins on the season OKC needs to improve. It is the road record which keeps Energy FC at risk of missing the USL Cup Playoffs, sitting just three points away from missing out, with ninth place Phoenix playing later on Saturday night.
3. With a good home record this year, the Rangers had hopes of continuing that record and securing their eighth home win of the season. With that win, the Rangers recorded their first ever victory over Energy FC at home.
USLSoccer.com Man of the Match
Lebo Moloto, Swope Park Rangers – Lebo Moloto proved to be in the right place at the right time as he scored both goals for the Rangers. Moloto scored his opener with a very well taken penalty before making a great run to bury his second. Unfortunately for the Rangers they will have to do without Moloto next week as he earned his fifth yellow card and will be suspended next week.
Swope Park Rangers vs. Orange County SC – September 9, 10p.m. ET, Champions Soccer Stadium at OC Great Park
OKC Energy FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 – September 10, 6p.m. ET, Taft Stadium