Ryerson (6-1-4) has established a new program record with their current undefeated streak of ten games but despite the feat, the Rams remain in third place in the east division standings, four points behind Queen's and Carleton. Meanwhile, the Varsity Blues (5-5-0) sit in fourth place but are battling the fifth and sixth place teams for positioning heading into the postseason.
The two teams met back on September 23 and Ryerson came away with a 2-1 victory. The win was Ryerson's first over Toronto since the 1995 season and a win on Sunday would be the first time the Rams swept a season series with the Blues.
In the first matchup, Rams forwards Armin Tankovic (Mississauga, Ont.) and Milos Scepanovic (Belgrade, Serbia) scored to give Ryerson a 2-0 first half lead. Toronto only got on the board in the 90th minute off a converted penalty kick from Darragh McGee (Donegal, Ireland).
Scepanovic leads Ryerson with five goals on the season while Tankovic and Adrian Mancini (Richmond Hill, Ont.) have each added four.
Toronto's offence has been distributed throughout the lineup and Adrian Dannel (Maloney Gardens, Trinidad & Tobago) leads the squad with four goals.
Ryerson has edged Toronto in scoring with 18 goals to the Blues' 17, but the real difference this season has been the defence. The Rams have allowed just seven goals against in 11 games, the second fewest allowed in the east division and third in all of the OUA. Toronto has surrendered double that with 14 goals, tied for third most in the division.
The Rams have been hard at work in practice this week but are also trying to recuperate from injuries. While two of Ryerson's top players have been sidelined, defenders Joshua Kohn (Richmond Hill, Ont.) and Markus Molder (Toronto) along with midfielder Nikola Milosevic (Etobicoke, Ont.) have really stepped up to fill the void and keep Ryerson defensively sound.
Ryerson goes for their first ever sweep of the Blues on Sunday afternoon at 3:15 p.m. at Varsity Centre.