The Ryerson women’s soccer team lost 4-1 to the Carleton Ravens on Saturday afternoon at Allan Lamport Stadium.
The Rams (1-7-1) were out-gunned by the Ravens (5-2-2), who were up by four early in the second half. Despite the scoreboard, the Rams controlled the Ravens for pockets of the game and had a possession advantage in the second half.
“The score line doesn’t reflect how we played,” said Elyse Hanec, Ryerson’s lone goal scorer. “Unfortunately we let up some soft goals but we kept possession for most of the game and we are showing improvement for sure.”
Adrianna Ruggiero opened the scoring in the 31st minute, spinning off of the goal line and burying a high shot past goalkeeper Bronwyn Clarke. Twelve minutes later, the Ravens struck again, as Sarah Royer scored off of a free kick. At the half it was 2-0 for the visitors.
Carleton jumped on Ryerson for two goals in 19 minutes to start the second half, but the Rams found their way onto the scoreboard in the 72nd minute thanks to Hanec.
“The thing about scoring is you can’t overthink it,” she said. “I saw my opportunity and I saw a bit of the mesh and put it in.”
Ryerson isn’t the only team to have trouble with the Carleton offense. In their last three games, Carleton has scored 13 goals, while Ryerson has scored seven all season.
“We don’t really have an all-out goal scorer,” head coach Kevin Souter said. “We have some players that give us some real fight, heart and energy ... but we are having trouble creating enough of those opportunities.”
While the result was not there for the Rams today, Souter and Hanec are seeing improvement in the young club. Fourteen players this season are either in their first or second year of school.
“We’re a team in transition,” Souter said. “I think our performance and possession of the ball is a night-and-day difference from the past. That’s something we’ve worked on. We’re getting there.”
The Rams have a packed week ahead of them, starting with a game against the University of Ottawa Sunday (Sept. 30) at Birchmount Stadium at 1 p.m.