Krishen Patel tallies lone goal as men's soccer rebounds with win at Bentley

WALTHAM, Mass. — Krishen Patel buried a first-half pass from Alberto Alonso Marchan and the NYIT men's soccer team got back on track with a 1-0 win at Bentley on Saturday.

Patel's goal, his first of the season, came at 17:06. He last had scored during a career-high two-goal match against District of Columbia on Oct. 1 of last season.

NYIT evened its record at 2-2 and snapped a two-game skid. The Bears had suffered consecutive one-goal defeats at Post and against Chestnut Hill.

Marchan, a freshman from Madrid, Spain, now has a goal and two assists on the young season. He is the reigning East Coast Conference Rookie of the Week.

"We locked them in on the wings and Alberto received the ball, turned and played a through ball to me," Patel said. "I was one-on-one with the keeper and slotted it into the bottom corner of the goal. It was a great play and third-man run that we practiced in training that led to the goal.

"More importantly, after a hard loss on Wednesday [against Chestnut Hill], it was key for us to bounce back in a positive manner. This win showed how we can play together and put a good performance together to get the job done on the road. It was a great all-around performance from the team."

Bentley had no shots on goal against goalkeeper Jonathan Rico, who was credited with his 14th career shutout. That's within three of matching the program record shared by Liam Waddy (2011-14) and Matt Burke (2000-03).

NYIT returns to action Monday at 4 p.m. at President's Stadium when it faces Caldwell.

"It feels great going away and getting a team win," Rico said. "Everyone put the effort in to get the clean sheet and to get things back on track. Now the focus is on Monday and getting a streak going."