TORONTO - The Ryerson women’s soccer team ended their season with a 4-0 loss to the Nipissing Lakers Sunday afternoon at Birchmount Stadium.
“It was disappointing,” head coach Kevin Souter. “They out-fought us, out-worked us, and out-muscled us. To lose (4-0) the way we did today, it was really disappointing.”
The Rams (1-14-1) were unable to score on the Lakers (1-11-4), marking the seventh consecutive game they were shut out. The lack of offence was the prevailing storyline throughout the season.
“That really was the season in a nutshell,” Souter said. “Clearly not where we needed to be. We need to stop conceding goals and start scoring goals; it’s as simple as that. It’s my job to fix this year. The positive note is that the only way is up.”
The Rams head into the offseason looking to address the lack of offence that led to the one-win season. Souter says he looks for the young team to make physical and mental strides during the offseason and that the team will be looking for new recruits as well.
The Lakers picked up their first win of the season to finish in eighth place, bumping the Rams to last place. Kelly Dunk opened the scoring in the 37th minute, beating goalkeeper Bronwyn Clarke to the ball before chipping it over her. Stefani Giftopoulos (55th and 90th minute) and Emma Persi (76th) rounded out the scoring for Nipissing.
Sunday was the final game for graduating seniors Elyse Hanec, Michelle Resendes and Kristen Horgan Smith. The three were honoured after the game for their service to the Ryerson soccer program with commemorative plaques and a bouquet of flowers.
“They’ve made a massive contribution over the years,” Souter said. “I hope they remember the good times. They’ve left their mark on this program, they’ve left a mark this season and over the years.
“We hope they are always a part of this family, we welcome them always with open arms. We hope that they continue to support the Rams and friends throughout the years.”