Release: September 1, 2009
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men's soccer rallies for 3-2 win over Syracuse in season opener
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Sophomore Andy
Tiedt headed in the game-winning goal in the 79th minute
and senior back Kyle
Kucharski tallied a career-high three assists, leading Binghamton
(1-0-0) to a 3-2 come-from-behind win over Syracuse (0-1-0) in
the season-opening game for both teams on Tuesday night at the
Bearcats Sports Complex. The game was played before a crowd of
2,063 fans, which was the third-largest attendance since the
Bearcats Sports Complex opened in 2007.
Kucharski's three assists is the most recorded in a game by a
Binghamton player since the program moved up to the NCAA Division
I level in 2001. The all-time program record of five assists
was set by Marty Freeman back in 1971, when the program was still
competing at the Division III level.
The five total goals ties the Bearcats Sports Complex facility
record for a men's soccer game. Binghamton's 5-0 win over Maine
on Oct. 20, 2007 was the previous instance.
"What an enjoyable game with five goals in the season opener,"
head coach Paul Marco said. "A little too close for comfort
for the coaches but we knew it was going to be that way. Syracuse
is a very good team."
The first half gave little indication of the offensive fireworks
to come. Senior forward Tom Perevegyencev headed in a corner
kick in the 24th minute, giving Syracuse an early 1-0 advantage.
The Orange outshot Binghamton 6-5 in the opening 45 minutes of
It took the Bearcats just 15 seconds of the second half to tie
the game. Kucharski took a free kick and fired a cross that was
eventually headed in by junior back Kyle
Manscuk. Freshman forward Jake
Keegan was also given credit for an assist.
Perevegyencev played a part in Syracuse's second goal, which
was scored by senior midfielder Hansen Woodruff in the 51st minute.
That goal gave the lead back to Syracuse.
In the 54th minute, however, Kucharski struck again, firing a
cross that was headed in by junior back Josh
Sailar. From there, the Bearcats controlled the next 23 minutes
of scoreless action until the game-winner was scored.
Binghamton outshot Syracuse 14-9 for the game.
The Bearcats host Colgate on Saturday at 7 p.m.
NOTES: Manscuk's goal was the first of his career ...
Tiedt now has two game-winning goals for his career ... the last
time Binghamton scored three goals in a half came against New
Hampshire on Nov. 8, 2008 in the first half of the America East