Photo by Alex D'Addese

Rams score first win over Ottawa in nine years

By Andrea Elliott
TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams women's soccer team put together one of their best efforts of the season on Saturday, knocking off the No. 8 nationally ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees 1-0 at Downsview Park.


The perennial powerhouse Gee-Gees have given the Rams all sorts of trouble in the recent past and Saturday's win marks the first victory for Ryerson over Ottawa since October 20, 2007.

Ryerson supplied most of the pressure in a scoreless first half, forcing Gee-Gees goalkeeper Rosalie Bouchard-Geurin into five saves in the first 45 minutes. The Rams couldn't convert on their chances, however, and the teams headed to halftime still deadlocked in a scoreless draw.

The second half of games has plagued the Rams all season long. Ryerson has been outscored 23-3 in the latter half throughout the year. The Rams turned the tables on that stat on Saturday though, using a 48th minute marker from Alessia Carvalho (Newmarket, Ont.) to propel Ryerson to an upset victory.

Ottawa pressed to find an equalizer, outshooting Ryerson 6-1 following the Carvalho goal, but Rams keeper Brittney Clendenan (Ottawa, Ont.) was solid in net and turned away each Gee-Gees opportunity.

Clendenan made nine saves in total for the cleansheet victory. After the scoreless half turned in by Ottawa's Bouchard-Geurin, Margot Shore got the nod in the second half and made one save while allowing the game-winning goal.

Ryerson improves their record to 5-9-1 on the season while Ottawa slips to 9-3-3 on the year. The Rams will wrap up the regular season on Sunday at 1:00 when they host the Carleton Ravens at Downsview Park, with a chance to tie the program record for wins in a season (six).



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