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Rivalry renews as Rams host Varsity Blues in quarter-final

By Luke Bellus

TORONTO - It’s a classic battle that a lot students have had; the Mattamy Athletic Centre vs. Varsity Stadium, Yonge and Dundas vs. St. George and Bloor and let’s not leave out the fight for which school Drake likes more.

But none of those will matter on Sunday, Oct. 28 when the Ryerson Rams men’s soccer team takes on the University of Toronto. It will be the battle of Rams vs. Varsity Blues.

Ryerson finished the season tied for first with the Carleton Ravens at 43 points (14-1-1) but the Ravens held the season series advantage so they took the number one seed.

After losing their only game of the season to Carleton, the Rams ended the season on a four-game winning streak outscoring their opponents 10-2 over that stretch. That four-game run included a 2-0 win against these Varsity Blues.

On the other side, Toronto comes into the quarter-final after knocking out the Laurentian Voyagers on Oct. 24. It was a game that was tied 0-0 after 90 minutes. No penalty kicks were needed though thanks to a 110th minute goal. Toronto held on to win 1-0 punching their ticket to the quarter-finals.

Ryerson won both meetings between the two teams this season outscoring Toronto 5-1. The five goals from Ryerson came from five different goal scores, so look for Ryerson to try and generate offence from any and everybody as they look to beat Toronto for the third time this season.

Toronto can’t be taken lightly, because it was the Varsity Blues that handed Carleton their only loss of the season. They have shown the ability to knock off a top OUA team and Ryerson will be looking to avoid that.

Ryerson was led this season by Abdallah El-Chanti in goals, his 11 goals were a team and career high. He will be looking to add to his total now that the postseason has come around.

Goaltender Ali Ghazanfari carried an 8-1-1 record and only gave up 0.82 goals a game. He will be a steady presence in the net while Ryerson tries to make a deep playoff run.

The game kicks off at 7:00 p.m. at Downsview Park. Follow on Twitter and Instagram for all of the in-game updates.

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