Rams earn first home win in three-goal victory

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By Jack Wannan

History repeated itself as the Ryerson Rams women’s soccer team swept the series against the Royal Military College (RMC) in a 3-0 win at Downsview Park on Sept. 8.

Ryerson stayed on the attack for the majority of the game, with most of their goals coming in the second half.

“The first 30 minutes the game plan was just moving the ball and breaking down RMC’s team shape in hopes to find something to play forward,” said head coach Natalie Bukovec.

The strategy worked as defender BreAnah Webster sniped a shot five yards outside the box to give the Rams their first goal in the 45th minute. Webster had numerous scoring chances in the first half, including a header.

“I started noticing that the middle on their team was pretty empty,” said Webster. “I feel like I could crash through the center and even go out wide or even just go straight to the middle.” 

The goal was Webster’s first of the season, previously attaining two assists in three games.

Ryerson continued to put the pressure on RMC with an unassisted corner kick from midfielder Chloe Zomparelli finding its way into the net, just three minutes into the start of the second half. 

Zomparelli’s goal was her first of the year and second since last season. 

Also joining the scoring party was forward Vanessa Thompson, who recorded her first career goal in the 61st minute. Thompson was one of many freshmen that received playing time in the afternoon.

“It goes to show that no matter who we have on the field, whether they’re senior players or freshmen players that they can do the job,” said head coach Natalie Bukovec.

In what was stellar game for the Rams, senior forward Alex Rodkin left the game partway through the second half after getting hit in the face with the ball. 

Last season, Rodkin was out for the majority of the season after suffering an injury in the Rams third game of the year.

The win was a much-needed victory for Ryerson after a 2-0 loss to Queen’s in their home opener. 

UP NEXT: The Rams will play two home games next weekend, hosting Trent and Ontario Tech University

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