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 play.
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.