The Ryerson Rams faced the Carleton University Ravens in back-to-back women’s and men’s soccer matches on Sunday, with the men winning 2-0 while the women tied 0-0.
Both teams honoured the graduating student-athletes for both the men’s and women’s team. On the men’s team Cedric Wong, Josh Kohn, Kyle Stewart and Christian Maraldo are graudating. Sarah Slattery, Lianna Woollard, Amy Tahmizian, Leah Semeniuk and Katrina Persson-Thomas on the women’s team are playing in their final season for the Rams.
Both games were heated, with discrepancies between the coaches and the referees. Kevin Souter, the head coach of the women’s team grew frustrated when the ref called an offside in the 90th minute.
“It was called an offside. Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t” he said irritably, hinting at the latter.
Ryerson forward Alex Rodkin came close to scoring in the 30th minute. The women’s team came close twice more but their efforts didn’t pay off this time.
The men’s game started aggressively with the ball being kicked and head butted across the field multiple times. Nick Lambis scored the first goal of the game in the 13th minute, followed by a second goal at the 45th minute by Luka Lee.
The Ravens and the Rams battled fiercely for possession.
The referee, Ramee Arabaji, took anger from the Carleton coaches when he gave Alexksandar Despotovic a yellow card.
Carleton’s number 18, David Eiblmeier, left the field in the 79th minute after being given his second yellow card, constituting a red.
Ryerson had another yellow card for Stephen Piliotis and Carleton received another in the 90th minute.
The victory lightened the mood for the two hard games, both of which were played in miserable 10 degree temperatures with strong wind.
The women’s team played University of Ottawa on Saturday, losing 3-0. Both Rams teams next game is on Oct. 11th against Queen’s University.
By Alina Bykova