TORONTO — The Ryerson Rams soccer programs have had several different "home" fields since the program's inception, and on Saturday, they'll add one more venue to that list when they host the Toronto Varsity Blues on Toronto's home pitch: Varsity Stadium.
The venue is just one of a few key storylines to keep an eye on heading into this weekend's final regular season Downtown Toronto derby of the season. There will only have been 14 days since the clubs' last meeting, where two of the conference's best teams battled to a 1-1 draw after the Rams tied the game in the final minutes off of this beautiful goal:
"I think we are confident in our ability to take this game on. It’s always a fun time playing at Varsity and playing against our downtown rivals," said Rams skipper Kyle Stewart. "U of T is one of those games that you circle on your calendar and get hyped up to play; it's for the bragging rights. However, we are ensuring [that we don't] put too much focus on that, because we may face them in the playoffs as well."
It seems like it is impossible for these two clubs to play a boring game. Over their last 19 meetings, 14 have been decided by one goal or less. And with the last meeting ending in a draw, the aggregate season series will be on the line on Saturday.
"Coach Fil [Prostran] always says 'it takes two great programs to create such an exciting rivalry,'" said the Rams captain. "They are a talented team and so are we. So at some point in the game, both teams are going guns blazing."
Despite the Rams' forfeitures from earlier in the season, a win would see them move back into third place in the division, which would put them back in home-field advantage for their OUA quarter-final, which is only twenty days away.
"You sometimes see each other downtown, and you want to have that feeling of ‘yeah, we beat you. We are the Downtown Kings’," added Stewart.
We'd love to see Rams fans take over UofT at 3:00 pm on Saturday — all it takes is a quick 15-minute subway ride. Hope to see you there! As always, if you're unable to make it to the game, you can follow along on Twitter @ryersonrams and #weRrams.