By Tagwa Moyo
The Ryerson Rams men’s soccer team have punched their ticket to the OUA Final Four.
To get there, the Rams beat up on the Carleton Ravens to win 3-0 in their quarter-final game on Sunday at Downsview Park.
It didn’t take the Rams long to get on the scoring sheet. In the seventh minute captain Martin Dabrowski controlled a bouncing ball and sent a perfect through pass to Nick Lambis who put it past the Carleton keeper to give the Rams the early lead.
Ryerson’s style of play this game was considerably different than recent games this season. Rather than maintaining ball possession the team focused on getting shots on the net, and creating their own offensive chances.
“It was a little more direct a little more no nonsense, get the ball to the striker, get the ball forward and create chances,” said associate coach Filip Prostran.
The remainder of the first half saw Carleton applying pressure to the Rams defence. However, they weren’t able to get pass Rams keeper Praveen Ahilan who stopped every Carleton shot on goal.
The Rams went into halftime leading 1-0 and were able to carry the momentum over to the second half.
The Rams wasted no time applying pressure in the second half. Ryerson’s striker Lambis picked up where he left off scoring his second goal of the game in the second half.
Following Lambis goal both teams struggled to get past each teams defensive line and things got rather chippy, with the referee handing out cards like her birthday was approaching. There were seven yellow cards and three red cards distributed, all of the red cards — immediate ejections — were given to Ravens players.
The Rams managed to maintain their composure and put the nail in the coffin when striker Jamie Baker scored the Rams’ third goal in the 77th minute.
This win makes it the third season in a row the Rams will make an appearance in the Final four. With the tournament taking place next weekend at York University the Rams will face the McMaster Marauders, the same team that beat the Rams a season ago in the OUA semifinals.