Men's soccer celebrates Carlos Delcid's 300th match with four-goal outburst

Simon-Peter Omooba in pursuit during Monday's 4-1 win against Caldwell.
Simon-Peter Omooba in pursuit during Monday's 4-1 win against Caldwell.

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — The NYIT men's soccer team celebrated coach Carlos Delcid's 300th match at the helm of the program with its largest scoring output of the season.

After falling behind early, the Bears received goals from Carlos Coto, Oriol Páez, Ion Barbarin Garcia and Alejandro Quiroga en route to a 4-1 win against Caldwell on Monday afternoon at President's Stadium.

Paez and Quiroga recorded their first collegiate goals, while freshman Kendric Duve made his first collegiate start and produced two shots.

Since disappointing losses to Post and Chestnut Hill, the Bears (3-2) have now won two straight games as East Coast Conference play is set to begin on Thursday at Bridgeport.

Afterward, Delcid downplayed his milestone match. He is now 182-86-32 as NYIT's head coach.

"You know what? I'm happy for the guys," Delcid said. "That means that we're 3-2. The 300 doesn't mean anything."

NYIT outshot Caldwell 17-7. Yet the Bears found themselves down 13:59 into the match on Tom Yorston's goal.

No matter. Captain Carlos Coto evened the score at 24:19. And Páez, a freshman from Puebla, Mexico, making his second career appearance, scored the eventual game winner at 41:41 on a cross from Louis LaFemina.

"It was a cross by Lou, and it was an easy shot for me," Páez said. "I just had to make it. It's a good sensation."

Goalkeeper Jonathan Rico made four saves in the victory.

"At the beginning it was a bit shaky, but we had a wakeup call after the goal that we conceded," Rico said. "We got the game controlled and took over."