The Little Rock Rangers Soccer Club ended their inaugural season with a 2-0 victory over Dallas City F.C. on Saturday to secure their fourth consecutive victory and to end the 2016 campaign on a positive note.
After their playoff chances were ended earlier in the week, the Rangers still had plenty to play for on Saturday night. The Rangers were on a three game win streak and wanted to send a message that they have arrived as a force in the NPSL's South Central conference.
In the first half, the Rangers were playing into the wind, making it difficult to mount an attack. Little Rock's first shot on goal came in the 22nd minute when Mauricio Hernandez had his shot saved by the Dallas City keeper. The Rangers then had another opportunity in the 28th minute when Alan Rivera weaved his way through numerous Dallas City defenders before capitalizing and scoring on a shot that landed in the upper right corner of the net. At the end of the fist half, Rangers' keeper, Carlos Herrera, was called into action, making two big saves off of a Dallas City corner kick.
The Rangers were able to create more opportunities in the second half including a 72nd minute goal from substitute, Elias Hatungimana, who scored with the help of Alan Rivera. With Dallas City F.C. pushing late in the contest, Carlos Herrera was able to make saves that kept Dallas City off the board and earned himself a shutout.
The win allowed the Rangers to complete their four game, Texas sweep to finish the conference season 5-6-1. The club finished the 2016 season seventh in the standings, one spot out of the playoffs.
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