The University of Toronto’s men’s soccer team started the season with a 0–1 loss against the Ryerson Rams. Both teams had multiple opportunities to take the lead throughout the game, but the Rams eked out the victory with only a single goal. Both squads played the first half of the game offensively; however, the closest the Blues came to scoring were a shot to the cross bar in the thirteenth minute, and a close free kick in the thirty-fifth minute. The efficiency and skill of the Blues’ goalkeeper Rab Bruce-Lockhart was obvious as he saved multiple attacks by the Rams’ offense — protecting the net capably on all shot but the decisive goal.The second half of the match was slower-paced, with the Rams creating more chances than the Blues. Lockhart made a tremendous save in a 1-on-1 possession in the fifty-ninth minute that kept the game tied until the Rams scored in the seventy-seventh minute.Despite valiant efforts from both sides to score another goal in the final 13 minutes of play, the Blues could not keep themselves from opening the 2015–16 season on a low note.The men will travel to Kingston to take on Queen’s University Gaels on September 5.
Published: 8:21 pm, 3 September 2015