By Brandon Buechler
It was the definition of a stalemate as the Ryerson women’s soccer team (3-7-1) battled the Carleton Ravens to a 0-0 tie at Monarch Park on Sunday.
“I think the girls did well,” said Ryerson head coach Kevin Souter. “But part of me is disappointed we didn’t get to take all three points today.”
It was not for lack of trying, as the women had several opportunities to score but were evenly matched by Carleton at every corner.
“We weren’t willing to take charge of the ball as individuals,” Souter said.
The most promising chance came in the 42nd minute when rookie forward Alex Rodkin broke from the pack and made her way into the Raven’s 18-yard box.
Raven’s goaltender Rada Mitchev charged from her position and slid into Rodkin, sweeping out her feet and ending the threat.
Ryerson played their typical strong defence but third-year midfielder Leah Semeniuk was a standout in both halves of the game, as she created several opportunities for her teammates to score.
“One of my strengths is distributing the ball,” said Semeniuk. “I’m always trying to send the ball to the wingers, and get them on top.”
Semeniuk showcased her strength in the 81st minute, when she powered the ball to first-year forward Soraya El-houni in the Raven’s back third of the field for a close scoring opportunity.
Unfortunately for the Rams, the Raven’s defence was quick to kill the attack, as they regained possession from El-houni, returned it to Ryerson’s half and ended the final scoring opportunity of the game.
“A bunch of balls went right past the back post,” said Semeniuk. “We just didn’t have that finishing touch today.”
Ryerson’s next game is Oct. 11 in Kingston when they take on the Queen’s Golden Gaels at West Campus Field. Kick-off is at 1 pm.