ALBANY, N.Y. – Jeorgio Kocevski scored with 4:29 remaining in the second half to snap a 1-1 tie and give the Syracuse University men a 2-1 victory over Hofstra University in the spring season opener at Afrim’s Sports Park Friday afternoon.
Hofstra (0-1-0) is 1-3 all-time vs. the Orangemen. Syracuse moved to 1-3-2 overall after playing five games this past fall.
The Orange drew first blood as Abdi Salim scored off an assist from Noah Singelmann at 33:10. That goal held up until freshman Ryan Carmichael equalized at 73:01, converting a pass from senior Storm Strongin. Strongin was Hofstra’s top assist man last season.
As time ticked down, Kocevski took a pass from Singelmann and put a shot past freshman goalkeeper Wessel Speel for the game-winner.
Speel had one save in his collegiate debut. Syracuse keeper Russell Shealy made six saves for his first win of the year.
Strongin led the Pride with three shots on target.
Hofstra will return to action next Friday, February 19, at 3 p.m. when it hosts Fairleigh Dickinson in its home opener at Hofstra Soccer Stadium. The game is closed to the public as spectators are not allowed.