Rams overcome early deficit, defeat Varsity Blues
TORONTO – In a battle of nationally ranked teams, the No. 4 Ryerson Rams men’s soccer team overcame an early deficit to record a 3-1 victory over the No. 10 Toronto Varsity Blues on Sunday afternoon at Varsity Stadium.
Toronto’s Michael Matic wasted no time getting the scoring started, tallying a goal just 27 seconds into the contest to give the Varsity Blues a 1-0 lead.
After trailing for the first time all season, Ryerson rebounded quickly, earning a penalty kick which Abdallah El-Chanti (Toronto) buried to tie the score at 1-1 in the ninth minute.
Nearly 20 minutes later the early deficit was completely erased when Andrew Dias (Toronto) scored his first goal of the season to give the Rams a 2-1 lead in the 26th minute.
After overcoming one challenge, the Rams dealt themselves another blow as defender Nathaniel Tambakis (Toronto) was shown two yellow cards in the span of three minutes, resulting in a red card and sending off. Ryerson weathered the final moments of the half and headed to the dressing room leading 2-1 after 45 minutes.
With defence clearly the top priority in the second half, the Rams received a lift when Arya Hemati (Vaughan, Ont.) provided some insurance. The third year midfielder scored directly on a free kick in the 57th minute, giving Ryerson some breathing room.
The Varsity Blues fired 10 second half shots, three of them on goal, but were unable to solve Rams keeper Ali Ghazanfari (Stouffville, Ont.) in the second half. Ghazanfari finished with seven saves for his third win of the season.
With the win the Rams move to 4-0-0 on the season while the loss is the first of the year for Toronto who now stand at 3-1-0.
Ryerson will be back on the field on September 9 when they host the Carleton Ravens at Downsview Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. and will be available on OUA.tv.