TORONTO - Fresh off an opening weekend that saw the Ryerson Rams women’s soccer team win their first ever season opener, the team is headed to Ottawa for the second weekend of the OUA season.

While starting the season with a win and a tie proved to be a confidence boost for the team, more importantly it showcased that the young players can hold their own on the field. Despite the disappointment of the 1-1 against Nipissing off of a penalty kick, associate coach Tina Cook was happy with the direction the team is headed, post-game.

“I think that mistakes are going to happen here and there because of them just gelling together and getting to know each other and some of them being in their first year in the OUA,” Cook says. “But overall, I think they’re looking great.”

On September 1st, the Rams will take on the Carleton Ravens at MNP Park. The Ravens came away with two victories in two games against the Rams in 2016. Currently, they hold a 1-1 record after two high scoring affairs, including a 6-2 victory over the Trent Excalibur.

September 2nd, the Ottawa Gee-Gees will host Ryerson at their Matt Anthony Field. The team currently holds a 1-1 record. In their most recent meeting, the Rams defeated the Gee-Gees 1-0 off of a goal by Alessia Carvalho. Having scored the lone goal in the Rams’ 2017 opener as well, Carvalho sees the team heading into Ottawa with a new sense of determination.

“Honestly, it’s a game changer just because in the past years we’ve kind of started off on, for lack of a better word, a losing streak,” she said. “So to start off strong, really puts us at a higher chance and it also boosts our confidence.”