Written by Mark Bahensky
Photo by Valerie Wutti
TORONTO, Ontario – The Carleton Ravens had their perfect record blemished by the Ryerson Rams, dropping a 3-1 decision on Saturday afternoon. The Ravens now sit just one point ahead of the Rams and Varsity Blues in the OUA East standings, having played one less game than both.
“You need to be able to get to the next level and play at the next level, we weren’t able to do that. We were pushed today, we were challenged today, and we just didn’t step up to the challenge,” said Ravens Head Coach Kwesi Loney.
The Rams took a 2-0 lead in the first half on goals by Kyle Laborde-Ayres in the 28th and 35th minutes. In doing so, they became the first team to score two goals against the Ravens in a match this season.
They would score another goal in the 79th minute from Abdallah El-Chanti.
“They had good players in every position, I think that’s the major difference. Some of the mistakes that we made in the past that we weren’t punished for, we were punished for today,” added Loney.
Stefan Karajovanovic nabbed a goal for the Ravens in extra time, but it was to no avail as they dropped their first match of the season.
“It’s a realization that we need to execute better. I think it’s great that we see it now, because if we see it in the playoffs then our season’s finished. I hope this game wakes us up and makes us realize that if we want to obtain our goals, we have to be performing at our best all the time,” said Loney.
The Ravens can secure first place in their division by notching a victory in two of their three final matches.
They will look to get back into the win column on Sunday, October 13th as they take on the Toronto Varsity Blues at 3:15pm.