The Ryerson Rams fell short twice against University of Toronto on Saturday, losing twice in back-to-back women’s and men’s soccer matches.
The men, who played the second game of the afternoon, dropped their first match of the season 3-0. It was their first regular season loss since Sept. 2, 2012, when the Rams lost 2-0 to Carleton University.
Despite trading chances all match, it was the Varsity Blues who were clinical with their opportunities. After finishing off a perfect passing play in the 25th minute, U of T capitalized on a penalty awarded just four minutes later. This put the Rams down by two at the half.
“We were complacent,” explained defender Joshua Kohn. “We thought, ‘Oh, we’re eight and zero, we’ve won 35 in a row, we can just walk on the field and win.’ We lacked something.”
In the earlier match, the women were held to a 1-0 defeat by their rival Blues. While the chances did not come easy to the Rams, head coach Kevin Souter liked what he saw from his team.
“I thought we played hard and with a lot of heart,” said Souter.
The match was close from start to finish, with U of T only gaining advantage as of the 70th minute. Rams’ forward Sarah Harvey was inches from tying the score in the 90th when her shot from outside the box hit the crossbar.
The Rams hope to get back to winning when both the men and women visit Trent on Wednesday. Trent’s men’s squad is currently last in the standings, while the women are one point above Ryerson.
By Jacob Cohen