Offensive outburst sets records as Rams top Trent
TORONTO – The Ryerson Rams men’s soccer team put on an offensive display, scoring early and often en route to a 12-0 victory over the visiting Trent Excalbur on Sunday afternoon.
Within the opening 12 minutes the Rams had a pair of hat tricks under their belt as Abdallah El-Chanti scored the game’s first two goals and netted his third in the 9th minute while first year striker Mirza Custovic scored his first career OUA goal in the 7th minute and added two more by the 12th.
“[Mirza] is a really selfless striker,” said head coach, Filip Prostran, after the game. “Of course strikers are known to score goals but when he’s had the chance he’s playing simple and doing all the little things. Yeah, he’s a striker and he wants to score goals, but he’s also really selfless too and he’s looking to get other people involved.”
The goals didn’t stop there as El-Chanti added his fourth of the game and fifth of the season in the 15th minute after intercepting a pass just outside the box before deking the goalkeeper and firing home a strike.
In the 33rd minute senior midfielder Matthew Isabella scored his first of the year when he finished off a Kussai Salman cross, and then Salman rounded out the first half scoring himself after being sent in alone on a pass from Alex Meczarski.
The Rams led 9-0 at the halftime whistle.
In the second half, Akibul Hoque converted a penalty kick in the 77th minute before Salman added his second of the contest in the 85th minute. The goal scoring was rounded out as defender Olly Wales netted his first career marker.
When asked about how to manage a game with such a discrepancy in the score, coach Filip Prostran made it clear that it’s too early to take advantage of the teachable moments.
“At this point in the year, we have so many new players that it’s about assessing them, getting them used to our system and really coaching them through the game. Regardless of the score, we’re coaching to get better today. [When] guys come in, their job and their responsibility is the same; play within our system and work like dogs,” said Prostran.
The 12 goal output set a new single game record for the Rams offence and marks the only time they have scored in double digits. Their previous high was seven goals in a game back in 1998.
With two victories to open the season the Rams sit tied atop the OUA East standings with Carleton and Toronto. Ryerson will be back in action this Wednesday, August 29 when they travel to Peterborough for a rematch with Trent starting at 7:00 p.m.