Photo by Alex D'Addese

Rams beat downtown rivals

By Luke Bellus

TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams were back in action Saturday night, beating the University of Toronto 2-0.

The win gives Ryerson 37 points on the season. They now sit three points ahead of the Carleton Ravens (the Ravens have played one less game) and have a seven-point lead on the third placed Varsity Blues.

The Rams got off to a quick start in the second minute when Raheem Rose fired a strike home from just outside the box giving the Rams a very early lead.

The Rams controlled most of the play in the rest of the half with Ryerson getting a number of quality scoring chances and opportunities to increase in the lead. However, the Varsity Blues wouldn’t budge and limited the damage.

Ryerson took a 1-0 lead into the locker rooms at the half.

The start of the second half was more of the same, with Ryerson mainly controlling the play. The Varsity Blues had their best opportunity on a free kick just outside of the box, but it was Ryerson goalie Ali Ghazanfari stealing the moment with a diving safe deflecting the ball wide and preserving the one goal lead.

That got things going a bit and both teams picked up the pace trying to generate offence. Within the next five minutes both Ryerson and Toronto would hit the post and play continued to open up.

The play came to a boil when Kai Martin received a pass, beat his defender and cruised down the wing, he cut to the middle of the field and buried one past a hopeless Toronto goalie. That gave the Rams a two-goal lead.

The Rams held off Toronto for the remainder of the game and ended their night 2-0 winners.

The win not only gives the Rams a much-needed gap over the Varsity Blues but it also means a sweep of the season series and ending Toronto's seven-game winning streak.

A big difference in this game was the weather, when the two teams met early in the season it was a warm Sunday afternoon with temperatures of above 21 degrees. By the time the Rams kicked off Saturday night it was 8 degrees.  

A number of players on both teams sported gloves, but Raheem Rose wasn’t one of them, “I find the cold weather refreshing. When it’s really hot it’s easy to run out of gas so I feel like I can stay fresh in this weather.”

Head coach Filip Prostran said about the weather, “Welcome to living in Canada. Most of these guys have played in similar weather, but when this time of year comes around and the temperature drops I know its playoff and national championship time.”  

Ryerson will look to continue their winning ways on Saturday Oct. 20 when they play Laurentian at Downsview Park at 5:30 p.m.

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