OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — The NYIT men's soccer team has an early hole from which to climb out in the East Coast Conference.
Despite outshooting Mercy 17-9 on Saturday afternoon, the Bears lost to the Mavericks, 1-0, at President's Stadium.
Ericson Penate scored 64 seconds into the match and Mercy goalkeeper Kwantarian Van der Lara then withstood a furious push from NYIT as the Mavericks (5-3, 1-1 ECC) held on.
The late chances included Alberto Alonso Marchan hitting the crossbar with 18 minutes remaining, then Carlos Coto firing a shot over the crossbar shortly thereafter. Jorge Sariego subsequently had a point-blank shot stopped by Van der Lara.
With the loss, NYIT dropped to 3-5 overall and 0-2 in ECC play.
It marks the second time in three seasons the Bears have dropped their opening two league matches. In 2015, NYIT opened ECC play with losses to LIU Post and Dowling yet rallied to finish 7-3 in the league and ultimately reached the league finals.
NYIT returns to action Thursday with a non-league match against preseason CACC favorite Wilmington (Del.) at 4 p.m. at President's Stadium.