By Ben Waldman
The Ryerson women’s soccer team lost 3-0 to the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees on Saturday at Monarch Park Stadium.
The Rams’ record dropped to 3-7, while Ottawa improved to 10-1.
Ottawa brought intense pressure and superior ball handling to the game, easily controlling the pace throughout.
Despite the Gee-Gees’ overwhelming time of possession, Ryerson’s defence proved up to the challenge, keeping the score even at 0-0 after the first half.
Following halftime, Ottawa scored the first goal of the game a mere 24 seconds in, later adding a couple of goals to extend their lead.
In the two clubs’ previous meeting earlier this season, the Rams were defeated 9-0 and have steadily improved since. Leading up to the matchup with Ottawa, the Rams had won three of their past four contests.
Ryerson keeper Rebecca Petrocelli, who kept the game from getting out of hand, credits team defence with the Rams recent success.
“They’re covering my back and I need that,” said Petrocelli, who was in net for the blowout against Ottawa earlier this season.
Head coach Kevin Souter was pleased with his team’s sound defense in the first half, but was miffed by the quick collapse to begin the second.
“We shot ourselves in the foot,” said Souter, “Our first half was focused and attentive. We just came out flat [to start the second half].”
The Rams host Carleton tomorrow and Souter is optimistic about the team’s prospects for victory.
“We’ll play them close. 50-50, there’s always a chance.”