Blues top Rams to win bronze, qualify for CIS national tournament

Blues top Rams to win bronze, qualify for CIS national tournament

The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men's soccer team booked their ticket to the 2015 CIS championship with a 3-0 victory over the Ryerson Rams in the OUA bronze-medal match on Sunday afternoon at York Stadium.

It was the second time in three weeks that the No. 6 nationally ranked Blues upset the Rams, who entered the Final Four ranked No. 4 in the country.

Toronto will join the host and No. 2 York Lions, as well as the McMaster Marauders at the CIS championship, November 12-15, at York Stadium. The seeding and schedule will be announced Sunday evening.

The Blues last appeared on the national stage during a three-season skid from 2009-11. This will be their 15th national championship berth since 1972, with U of T claiming their lone CIS banner in 1988.

Third-year forward Dakar Charles opened the scoring in the 13th minute as he chased down a long ball and flicked it into the net.

Blues leading scorer Nirun Sivananthan, who was named a 2015 OUA second team all-star, padded U of T's lead in the 36th minute. The Ryerson goalkeeper came out to challenge and long ball and Sivananthan beat him to it to score from 25 yards out.  Toronto was up 2-0 at the half.

Toronto added an insurance marker in the 52nd minute when Sivananthan beat a Rams defender on the end line and Antonio Ajhert was there to put it in. 

Second-year goalkeeper Mark Rogal made five saves in the victory.

Source: CIS

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