The Ryerson Rams men’s soccer team is still undefeated after beating Queen’s University 2-0 on Saturday.
The team was riding high after cracking the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) top 10 rankings for the first time in the program’s history last week, but evidently, it didn’t go to their heads.
“At the end of the day, it doesn’t mean anything,” said defender Nick de Grave. “If we can go to nationals this year, that’s a win for us.”
The team has been working hard to put Ryerson on the university soccer map, winning 17 consecutive games in the regular season, but this season is unlike any other because of the players.
Associate coach Filip Prostran said the team is as close as ever. This year in particular, he says, they have tremendous dedication and toughness.
“There are a lot of teams out there who are piano payers and are nice to watch and have fancy tricks,” said Prostran. “But the team this year is a piano carrier. They are hard workers and battlers.”
The Rams have chemistry on and off the field, which is why de Grave decided to play for Ryerson.
He received offers from other universities, such as Guelph, but said it didn’t compare to the players and coaches at Ryerson.
“I figure I’m with these guys for four or five years, so I should like them,” he said.
De Grave is a natural born leader even though it is only his second year on the team. Prostran said he is always at the field before practice and stays later after, which explains why he got so much playing time as a rookie. Now, he sets the standard for rookies.
De Grave is confident the Rams could win the championship in November if they continue going into each game with the mentality it’s their last.
Carleton is currently the No. 1 ranked team and Ryerson tied them earlier this month; their goal is not far out of reach.
This story was first published in The Ryersonian, a weekly newspaper produced by the Ryerson School of Journalism, on September 25, 2013.