TORONTO - The Ryerson men’s soccer team could not close out the No. 10 Carleton Ravens, playing to a 1-1 draw Saturday afternoon at Allan Lamport Stadium.
The Rams (4-1-3) and Ravens (6-1-1) battled hard for 85 scoreless minutes before the game's first goal. Rams midfielder Milos Scepanovic was hauled down in the box to set up a penalty kick, which he slid just past the fingertips of Carleton keeper Mark Krocko.
Less than 10 minutes later in injury time, the Ravens were awarded a free kick. After a scramble and a Christian Maraldo rebound, the ball found the wrong foot and then the back of the net as Carleton's Mintcho Mintchev netted his first goal of the season.
“We both fought our hearts out and it ended up being a tie,” Scepanovic said. “We should have won, but one lack of concentration in the end and that’s what happens.”
Associate Coach Filip Prostran said that while his team picked up one point, he felt like they had left two on the table. Despite the heartbreaking ending, Prostran was still proud of his teams’ performance against a nationally ranked opponent.
“Usually we can’t come and play Carleton because of the physicality,” Prostran. “But we matched them physically. They’re a top-10 team in the country ... that’s about as good as it gets. We can play with the best.”
With the draw, the Rams extend their unbeaten streak to seven games and prevented the Ravens from sweeping the season series. Carleton is the only squad to beat Ryerson this season.
“They are an excellent team,” said Rams midfielder Nikola Milosevic. “They go hard, they are the fittest team in the league. It was a pretty physical game, but overall, it was a fair result.”
All-Canadian Alex Braletic and OUA all-star defender Michael Jan both sat out the game with injuries.
The Rams can’t think about the game for too long, as they play three games in a span of five nights. They take on Trent on Wednesday and make a trip to Kingston for weekend games against RMC and Queen’s.