OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — Jacobo Munárriz's first collegiate goal helped spur the NYIT men's soccer team to a victory.
Munárriz opened the match's scoring five minutes into the second half and the Bears ultimately defeated Nyack, 2-1, Monday at President's Stadium.
"We weren't going to play him today because it's an out-of-conference game, but we had to because the game got complicated," coach Carlos Delcid said. "He's a little injured."
The Bears improved to 8-6-1 overall entering Saturday's Senior Day. NYIT has won five of its last six matches.
On Monday, NYIT opened a 2-0 lead when captain Carlos Coto had a nifty spin move and fed the ball to Kevin Martinez, who beat Nyack goalkeeper Alvaro Magel with his right foot at 63:36.
"I think Krishen Patel gave me the ball," Coto said. "I didn't have a clear situation, so I just tried to turn. And then I saw Kevin making the run."
However, Nyack moved back within a goal when Finn Reese converted a penalty kick against goalkeeper Andrew Pereira at 81:44.
Pereira, in his first action of the season, had replaced starting goalkeeper Jonathan Rico immediately after the penalty kick was awarded.
Nyack (6-8-1) played a man down the final 3:25 after forward Alex Garcia was handed a red card.
The Bears (4-2 in league play) now step back into East Coast Conference action. They host Queens on Saturday, then conclude the regular season with road matches against LIU Post and Roberts Wesleyan.
Before Saturday's regular-season home finale, NYIT will honor seniors Ion Barbarin Garcia, John Camponeschi, Alejandro Del Cura, Marcos Enriquez Vilches, Krishen Patel, Jorge Sariego, Coto and Rico.
"The last five minutes we let it go with the last penalty kick, but it was a good team effort," Delcid said about Monday's win.