Ryerson had a strong first half and before the match was ten minutes old, several Rams gathered within the 18 yard box and threatened to get an early goal but could not manage a shot on target.
At the twelve minute mark Trent's Krissy Boyles (Peterborough, Ont.) took a free kick from the corner of the 18 yard box and chipped a shot over the four-person wall but Rams goalkeeper Katrina Persson-Thomas (Vancouver, B.C.) got over to make the save.
The Rams have been hurt on set plays numerous times this season and the defence of the early Trent opportunity seemed to give Ryerson a boost of confidence as they began to dominate the next portion of the half.
Ryerson applied strong pressure from the midfield to win a lot of balls and keep possession within Trent's third of the field.
In the 15th minute Elyse Hanec (Calgary, Alta.) took a great forward ball from Kristen Horgan Smith (Newmarket, Ont.) to gain space down the right flank. Hanec cut back towards the middle of the field but could not get a shot off with her left foot before an additional Trent defender arrived.
Trent's best opportunity of the half came in the 35th minute following a scramble play. A free kick was awarded at the top of the box but Shannon O'Brien (Peterborough, Ont.) saw her attempt go directly into the wall and Ryerson was able to clear the ball easily.
A streaking Leah Semeniuk (Whitby, Ont.) swung a strong cross from the left wing but a Trent defender got her head on the ball to knock it away from danger in the 42nd minute. Just before the end of the first half, defender Lianna Woollard (Scarborough, Ont.) jumped up into the play to send another cross into the box but it was cleared off the back line, forcing a corner kick. The Rams used a short corner play which generated another entry ball but it was easily cleared by the Excalibur to end the half.
Trent started the second half with a lucky goal as a high floating ball dropped into the box. Persson-Thomas could not squeeze the ball to contain it and Jennifer Powless (Newtonville, Ont.) tapped home the game's only goal in the 49th minute.
The goal seemed to take the wind out of Ryerson's sails as they could not generate quite the same quality of chances as they did in the first half. The Rams began to stack their formation with offensive players in search for a goal, but none of the combinations coach Souter tried could find an equalizer.
An Erica Huculak (Barrie, Ont.) shot from the right wing in the 80th minute was the last chance the Rams would get, but Trent keeper Emily Webb (Peterborough, Ont.) smothered the ball, preventing any of the hovering Rams from getting their foot on it.
The Rams return to action this Saturday when they battle the RMC Paladins at 1:00 p.m. in Kingston. Ryerson then takes to the pitch against the Queen's Gaels at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.