by Josh Wingrove
Last weekend meant a new field, a new team, and the same result for Ryerson’s women’s soccer team.
The women opened their season with a 1-0 loss to the University of Guelph Gryphons.
The Rams fell behind late in the first half on a fluke goal, when the ball bounced off the back of Guelph forward Jessica McGrogan and into the net.
“Unfortunately the goal was our own mistake. We had our backs to it,” said Rams forward Amanda Arevalo. “We can just build from this.”
“All we’re doing is waiting for them to set up rather than anticipating,” said rookie Rams forward Shannon Ferreira. “I just think that was our only problem. We were just a little bit too slow picking up everything.”
Nine of the 11 starters on this year’s Rams team are rookies. They are the recruits that coach Peyvand Mossavat hopes will turn around a squad that went winless last season.
“It’s going to take some time to gel, especially since we haven’t had much time to prepare,” Mossavat said. “It’s just a matter of them finding their chemistry and understanding what needs to be done.”
Ferreira comes highly touted from the University at Buffalo. The speedy winger praised the veteran leadership of the rookie team.
“I don’t think this team is the same team as last year because apparently you guys lost every game last year. And I don’t think we’re that bad a team,” Ferreira said. “I think that we’re a really good team, especially since we’re all rookies, we’re all new.”
One such rookie is Anwaar Hsan. Fresh out of high school, Hsan hopes to add speed and scoring to her team.
“With all these rookies now, people are fighting for positions more. It steps up the level of competition on the field,” Hsan said. “Having a lot of rookies on this team kind of brings more of a competitive level to the team.”
Mossavat is excited about the play of his young team.
“I think we’ve got one or two players that can make a big difference and step it up,” he said. “Shannon could make a big difference; Anwaar could make a big difference on our team.
“The team that we’ve put together is not just a team for this year. It’s a team for the next three or four years.”
The Rams played their second game in Hamilton Sunday, losing 2-0 to the McMaster University Marauders.