Pauls was named MVP of the tournament as Montclair State begins a season at 2-0 for the fourth consecutive campaign and seventh time in the last eight seasons.
Paul tallied his first career goal as he scored 13:47 into the contest off assists from Tyler Masterson (Long Valley, NJ / West Morris Central) and Joseph Cullen (Clementon, NJ / Highland).
That's the way the game remained until the 13:08 to play when Thomas Benack (Sparta, NJ / Lenape Valley) fed Mike Vermes (Cinnaminson, NJ / Cinnaminson) on the left side. Vermes then sent the ball from right to left onto the head of Michael Cullen, who banged home the pass for his first goal of the season and a 2-0 MSU advantage.
Senior All-American goalkeeper Nick Mele (Delran, NJ / Delran) stopped four shots as he notched his 38th career victory, one shy of Mark Williams' (1991-93) all-time record. It was also Mele's 23rd career shutout.The Red Hawks are next in action on Wednesday, September 3 as they return home to MSU Soccer Park to take on Mount St. Vincent at 3:30 pm.