TORONTO - After a perfect 2-0 opening weekend, the Ryerson Rams men’s soccer team hits the road this week for another pair of games. In their second week of OUA action, the Rams will face the Trent Excalibur and Carleton Ravens on their respective home turfs.
A 3-0 victory over the Laurentian Voyageurs and 4-0 victory over the Nipissing Lakers on opening weekend set another winning tone for the Rams off of their dominant 2016 campaign. While the strong performances call back the image of last year’s nearly undefeated team, head coach Filip Prostran maintains that you can’t count on anything in OUA competition.
“You want to have a good regular season, you want to win every game, but it’s really the last third of the season that counts,” Prostran explains. “We’ll take the lessons from today, we’ll take the win, but it’s a long road and we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us.”
September 1st will see Ryerson take on Trent Excalibur at Justin Chiu Stadium in Peterborough. Trent currently sits at 0-1, having lost their season opener to Carleton 11-0. The Rams swept both matches against Trent in 2016 and will look to keep that streak, and their 2017 streak, alive.
The following day, the Rams face off against the 2-0 Carleton Ravens in Ottawa. As both teams sit undefeated as of their opening weekends, the pressure is on to continue that level of performance. Ryerson and Carleton went 1-1 last season. While the Rams lineup has a new look, Marko Miketic - who is making his return to the team after taking 2016 off - feels that the team has come together effectively.
“Guys are just getting along, so I’m excited to see what happens,” he says.