Rams struggle to capitalize in draw against Carleton
TORONTO - Despite five on-target shots and several high-caliber opportunities in the first half, the Ryerson Rams were forced to play to a 0-0 draw against the Carleton Ravens on Sunday afternoon at Downsview Park.
Heavy winds played a significant factor in the game, causing air-bound balls to take several unexpected turns throughout the duration of the match.
A six-save performance by Carleton goalkeeper Sara Ann Wicks (St. John’s, Nfld.) was front-loaded with stops in the first half of the match, as she consistently challenged the Ryerson forwards and maintained a dominant presence in the Ravens’ box.
On the other end, Rams goalkeeper Elisa Lapadula (Brampton, Ont.) made three saves in her clean-sheet effort.
Rams head coach Natalie Bukovec says the team has been struggling to convert on their chances amidst their two-game homestand, and this will be a key point to address moving forward.
“For the most part, our style of play has been pretty consistent, but we weren’t able to capitalize on our chances,” says Bukovec.
Ryerson’s Katie Joyce (Petty Harbour, Nfld.) made her second straight start as the Rams’ striker, and while she created several great chances in the first half, Joyce was ultimately unable to put the final touch on the ball.
Joyce says the team has several key improvements to make moving forward after this weekend’s two-game scoreless drought.
“In a league like the OUA, where any team can beat any team on any given day, you need to capitalize on every opportunity you get,” says Joyce. “Moving forward, that’s definitely the direction we'll need to go in.”
The Rams will be back in action next weekend, heading east to take on the Trent Excalibur and UOIT Ridgebacks on September 15 and September 16.