Rams play final games of 2016 this weekend
TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams women’s soccer team will look to finish their season on a high note this weekend as they play host to the Ottawa Gee-Gees and Carleton Ravens at Downsview Park Saturday and Sunday.
This weekend will mark the second time the Rams have toed the pitch with Ottawa and Carleton this season. The Rams traveled to Ottawa on September 10th and 11th for matches against the two, where they fell 2-0 and 3-0, respectively.
The Rams played a stellar first half against Ottawa in their last meeting. A scoreless first 45 was a content start the Rams, but a couple of second half goals by the Gee-Gees squandered the Rams’ chances and put them in a hole they simply couldn’t get out of.
The following afternoon against the Ravens had a similar start and outcome. The Rams put forth a strong opening half that sent them into the second 45 tied at zeros, but the Ravens capitalized just four minutes into the second with their first of three-second half goals en route to a 3-0 final.
The Gee-Gees have been one of the most elite squads in the OUA this season. They currently sit second in the East Division with a 9-2-3 record for 30 points and will be quite the handful for the Rams this Saturday.
With that being said, the Gee-Gees come to Downsview Park this weekend without a win in their last five games. A streak of three ties and two straight losses has them in a funk in which they’ve managed to score just four goals over five games. Back-to-back 2-1 losses to Nipissing and Laurentian last weekend marked their first losses of the season and may have just opened a door that the Rams can walk through for a surprise win this weekend.
The Ravens also head into this weekend with struggles of their own. Three straight ties have them winless in their last three and make it the longest span of games between wins for the Ravens this season.
With the Rams officially eliminated from postseason contention, the focus now changes to the effort put forward and the character to finish off their season respectively. Every weekend throughout the season marks another challenge to conquer. The time, sweat and energy that has been put into each and every game and practice by Ryerson’s women this season, indicates they won’t go down without a fight.
The opportunity to leave the 2016 season on the right foot is within grasps for the Rams this weekend as they look to take down two of the OUA East’s best clubs in Ottawa and Carleton. Both games are scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. first touch on Saturday and Sunday at Downsview Park in Toronto.
NOTES: The Rams will honour the dedication and career of Niki Paiva this weekend, who is set to suit up in her final two games as Ram. Over her career, Paiva has suited up in 36 games for the Rams, including an impressive 25 starts.