Kansas City (July 30, 2017)-Reno 1868 traveled to Kansas City in search of an extension to their current unbeaten streak. The streak lives on as they defeated the Swope Park Rangers by the score of 4-1 in the Sunday Matinee.
USL: Reno 1868 FC knocks off red hot Swope Park Rangers 4-1
Both teams brought in hot streaks to today’s match, with Reno on a five match unbeaten streak, and Swope Park with a ten match unbeaten streak, including five straight clean sheets. That streak was snapped 61 seconds into the match, as Dane Kelly was released down the left hand side. He played in a well timed pass to Antoine Hoppenot who deftly finished around Adrian Zendejas, to give Reno 1868 the 1-0 lead. Reno made it 2-0 just before halftime. The ball rebounded out to Luis Felipe off a set piece, and his volley hit the post, then hit Zendejas and creeped in.
Swope Park got back within one sixty minutes in, as Sporting KC academy product ripped a ball in to the back post off a free kick. Nobody touched it, and all Matt Bersano could do was watch it hit the back of the net. It seemed a little dicey for the next fifteen, but Reno put it out of control in the final fifteen minutes of the match.
Dane Kelly, who was a super-sub for Swope Park Rangers in their 2016 postseason run, made it 3-1 after a counter-attack pushed down the right flank. The initial ball moved out to the right, and flashed across the six yard box to Kelly who deposited the ball into the back of the net. It was his 14th of the year, tying him atop the scorers chart with Romario Williams.
The final goal might have been the best goal of the night, as Junior Burgos lofted in a lovely ball over the top to Seth Casiple. Casiple ran onto it and chipped the ball on a volley, first time, over the head of Zendejas to put it out of reach.
Reno 1868’s win extends their unbeaten streak, and puts them into fourth place in the Western Conference. They’re eight points behind third place Swope Park Rangers. Reno takes on OKC Energy FC on Wednesday night to continue their midwest road-trip.
It was Swope Park’s first loss at home since their match against San Antonio FC on May 26th. Swope Park Rangers will take on St. Louis FC on Saturday night.