TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams look to keep their playoff hopes alive this weekend during a two-game road trip to Kingston.
The weekend outing comes one week after the Rams played to a 1-1 draw against the Toronto Varsity Blues on September 23rd, in what proved to be a very hard-fought game on both sides.
Ryerson’s game-tying goal came in the 85th minute of the match off a header by Rams forward Nick Lambis (Pickering, Ont.). The team has shown a tendency to finish games on a very strong note, securing victory late in the game on several occasions this season.
In their last two games, three out of Ryerson’s four goals have been scored in the 85th minute or later.
“If it happens once, it’s a fluke,” said coach Filip Prostran. “When it happens twice, it’s a coincidence, but when it starts happening three or four or five times, that starts to become the character of the team.”
Despite the timing of their offensive conversions, the Rams have tallied five goals over the past three games, and have only allowed two goals in that timespan.
“I’m thankful for the goals no matter when they come,” continued Prostran. “It shows the character of our team, and hopefully those goals will help us through a playoff run. We’ll take goals no matter when they come.”
The Rams will travel to Kingston this weekend to take on the Queen’s Gaels and the Royal Military College. Saturday’s game against Queen's will present a tough matchup for Ryerson; the Gaels are 3-3-2 this season, currently sitting 5th in the OUA’s Eastern Conference. On Sunday, the Rams take on the Royal Military College - RMC is 0-5-3 on the season, losing their last game 4-0 to UOIT.
“Queen's is going to be a difficult game - it’s probably been circled on their calendar,” said Prostran. “The most important thing for us is trusting our system - it’s not so much as worrying what the other team does, but more so what we do on the field.”
Ryerson will take on Queen’s University at Richardson Stadium at 3:15 pm on Saturday afternoon. The following day, the Rams will face RMC at 3:15 pm at Navy Bay Fields in Kingston.