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Rams remain undefeated following RMC clean sheet

By Joe Mastromatteo

TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams pulled off a 2-0 victory over the RMC Paladins on Sunday afternoon at Downsview Park. Ryerson improves to 4-0 this season after two strong weekend efforts. 

The Rams were missing leading scorer Muaz Saleh (Hamilton, Ont.) in midfield due to yesterday's yellow card. Coach Prostran stated yesterday that he would be giving other players a chance to start against the Paladins following Saturday’s close match.

Plenty of pressure was put on RMC early on as the Rams forced some corner kicks.

Some risky passing led to a few Ryerson giveaways, forcing the squad to tighten up their playmaking. In the 17th minute, a well-placed cross by Sean Fafinski (Toronto, Ont.) from the right wing eventually found Veni Koutsoulianos (Richmond Hill, Ont.), who tapped in his first of the season.

The Rams picked up even more momentum after capitalizing on some RMC fouls. In the 38th minute, Yuri Costa (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) darted up the left wing and delivered a beautiful cross into the box. Freshman midfielder Aryan Hakim (King City, Ont.) took advantage of the pass for his first OUA goal.

The 2-0 score at halftime remained until the final whistle. The Paladins were unable to generate many quality chances, usually only bouncing in weak shots on goal. Meanwhile, RMC keeper Jonathan Ardell (Prince George, B.C.) kept them in the game as Ryerson kept pushing.

Ryerson keeper Yoel Kebreab (Toronto, Ont.) earned a clean sheet, including a big stop off of a free kick chance in the 84th minute.   

Freshman Hakim downplayed his first career goal, saying he was “in the right place at the right time.” He was quick to praise his team saying “we worked hard, we were first to every ball and executed what the coach wanted.”

Head coach Prostran said that his Rams “got the job done” and “like yesterday, it wasn’t pretty.” He also says he is still working out the definite starting lineup, saying “right now, there are no regulars, it’s the beginning of the season [and] I’ve made no final decisions about anyone.”  

No matter their style, the Rams remain at the top of their division and undefeated. Their next match is Friday night on home turf versus the Trent Excalibur. 

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