Injury time heroics pushes Rams past Gaels
TORONTO - In true Ryerson soccer fashion, the Rams secured a late victory over the Queen’s Gaels by a final score of 2-1.
Ryerson came out of the gate aggressive and controlled the play through the first 25 minutes of the game. The first goal of the match came off a cross from Rams defenceman Nathaniel Tambakis (Toronto, Ont.), and, after a fumble by the Queen’s keeper, was tapped in by Ryerson’s Nick Lambis (Pickering, Ont.). Ryerson took a 1-0 lead 11 minutes into the game, and maintained that lead through the first half.
The second half saw an aggressive effort from both sides. A very physical battle persisted through the remainder of the game, and eventually lead to the Gaels’ only goal of the match.
Queen’s scored the equalizer in the 75th minute of the game off a penalty shot. In a game with playoff implications for both sides, it was clear that each team was giving it their best effort.
The Rams were rewarded late in the game by, yet again, Nick Lambis. In injury time, just past the 90th minute, Lambis tallied the goal that pushed the Rams past the Gaels by a final score of 2-1.
“For the last goal, I know [our team] was going to keep pressing,” said Lambis after the game. “The goalie fumbled the ball on my first goal, and I saw him get the ball again and I thought that he might be a little jittery. I went in there, and lucky enough, it popped out to me.”
Though the team ended the game with a win, coach Filip Prostran said that his team could have been better defensively.
“Our defensive shape needs work - we need to be able to hold 1-0 leads, we need to be able to see them out, and not rely on late-game heroics,” said Prostran after the game.
Looking ahead, the Rams will be taking on the Royal Military College in their final game of the regular season on Saturday. Prostran said that his team will need to tighten up defensively against RMC.
“RMC is a hard-working team, and they always come to play against us,” said Prostran. “I think tomorrow, the focus will be on defensive shape and defensive chances, and just being neat and tidy in the back.”
Saturday’s final regular season matchup will take place at Downsview Park at 8:00 pm.