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Women's soccer battles back to grit out draw

By Adam Jenkins

NORTH BAY — There's something different about the 2017 Ryerson Rams women's soccer team. There's a feeling of belief and a never say die attitude that has never been this prevalent.

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Down 2-0 with just 15 minutes to play in the last leg of their two-day road trip up north, the Ryerson Rams could have just packed it up; take the three points they earned against Laurentian back with them to Toronto and looked ahead to their final week of the regular season.

But they kept fighting.

Katie Joyce (Petty Harbour, Nfld.) broke the goose egg in the 75' minute, breaking up Mykaela Volpe's shutout bid, and brought back some of the frigid momentum to the Rams bench on this barely-above-zero afternoon in North Bay. Joyce's first goal of the season sparked something in the Rams as just four minutes later, Alex Rodkin (Whitby, Ont.) drew the Rams level with a goal of her in with just over ten minutes to play.

"We've got a talented group of women who know what they are capable of. They have worked hard this season and they are determined to continue to work for the results we want," said associate coach Tina Cook after the game. "Today they showed how gritty and persistent they can be."

The draw earns Ryerson a very valuable extra point in the standings, placing them above the Toronto Varsity Blues for fifth in the table, and gives them a realistic shot at moving up one more spot to fourth, which would give them a home playoff game in the first round of the OUA playoffs.

"We always play to win, but knowing we could secure a home field playoff game gives us some extra motivation," Cook added. "We know it's within our reach and we're all focusing our efforts this week on producing results this weekend to set ourselves up for the postseason."

In the weekend finale of the regular season, the Rams will host a pair of Kingston clubs at Downsview Park, beginning with Queen's on Friday, and RMC on Saturday. Kick-off for both matches will be at 6:00 pm.

Check back here on ryersonrams.ca for those game previews later on in the week.

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