(By: Pablo Figueroa)
The Ryerson Rams varsity women’s soccer team fell 3-0 to the Queen’s Gaels on Saturday afternoon at Monarch Park to tally up as their third consecutive loss.
Queen’s started strong with early chances from Tara Bartram who was very active challenging Ryerson’s goaltender Brittney Clendenan. The Gaels were dominant in the first half and they did not let down their attack.
Ryerson’s associate coach, Tina Cook, said the team knew it would be a big game against an experienced rival and the pressure may have played a role in the outcome of the game.
“I think we came out a little flat. We just weren’t quite ready for their pace at the beginning,” said Cook.
The Rams got stuck on their side of the field, but gained some momentum at the 15th minute of the game when Heather Brown hit a strong free-kick that was saved by the Queen’s goaltender.
Queen’s continued to be very active on the Rams half of the field. Their persistence finally paid off at the 29th minute. A series of saves by Clendenan were not enough for Queen’s Brittany Almeida to catch the last rebound and finish it, putting the Gaels on the scoreboard 1-0.
Queen’s continued to press in the second half. Lidia Bradau scored the second goal of the game after a combination play between Almeida and Matija Skoko. This gave the Gaels a two-goal lead in the game.
Ryerson’s efforts did not die out. They had a clear chance later in the second half when Alessia Carvalho passed the ball to Bethany Clipper to finish, but the shot went wide.
The Gaels went out for more later in the game when Laura Callender went around the Rams defense and finished inside the box to seal their 3-0 victory.
Despite the result, the Rams improved throughout the game and remained strong with great performances from Clendenan and Brown.
“I think we played a solid game and I think it was just an even match,” said Brown. “We have to get our scoring chances in. They finished on theirs and that’s what it really comes down to.”
As the Rams approach the end of the regular season, they remain alive and still have a chance of making the playoffs.