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Rams drop heartbreaker to Lions at OUA Final Four

By Adam Jenkins

NORTH YORK — Sports can make you feel all kinds of emotions. The highest of highs when you win, and the lowest of lows when you lose. One week removed from the former, the Rams men's soccer team is on the other side of the roller coaster of emotions.


But it's at times like this, you remember why you play. And more importantly, who you are playing for.

Yourselves. Your coaches. Your brothers. Your School.

And as fans, friends, and Ramily, it's important to be there for each other for both the highs and the lows.

It was Raheem Rose (Toronto, Ont.) who opened the scoring in the 23' minute, finishing off a clinical pass from Misel Klisara (Mississauga, Ont.). The team would trade chances back and forth all the way to added time after the clock struck 90'.

As the seconds ticked up and the end felt nearer and nearer, the anticipation grew. Supporters of both schools huddled in groups on the bleachers to keep warm. And everytime something remotely close to a chance seemed near, the collective heart rate of every single person at Alumni Stadium, nestled in the northwest corner of York University, rose higher and higher.

Then in the fifth of six minutes of added time, someone finally broke through. Off a Lions header deep in Rams territory, a crowd of 16 men gathered in the confines of Ryeron's six-yard box. The ball bounced off so many heads, the inventor of pinball probably would have gotten dizzy.

Finally, Omar Marzouk's (North York, Ont.) head connected enough to send the ball towards the Rams goal, and past the outstretched arms of Praveen Ahilan.

Then, all of a sudden, this OUA playoff game was heading into extra time, just like last week's thriller against the Rams other Toronto rival.

The last Toronto universities standing continued to battle throughout the thirty minutes, and if not for the sharpness of Rams netminder Praveen Ahilan (Unionville, Ont.) this game would not have made it to penalties.

But as fate would have it, another shootout was in store for the Rams after all.

The Ryerson shooters went 4-for-5, but the Lions were just too clinical. They converted on each of their five chances, booking their tickets to the Final 8 in Kamloops, British Columbia.

The Rams season is not over just yet. They will be back at Alumni Field tomorrow to compete for OUA bronze, taking on the McMaster Marauders.

Kick-off is at 1:00 pm. Tune into or follow along on Twitter @ryersonrams.



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