Men's Soccer Knocks Off Rhode Island College for Sixth Straight Win, 2-0

Box Score

Montclair, NJ (10/4/11) –  Senior midfielder Sean Pauls (Denville, NJ / Morris Knolls) snapped a scoreless tie in the second half and sophomore midfielder Dan Mendoza (Hackensack, NJ / Hackensack) added an insurance goal late as Montclair State posted its sixth straight win, knocking off Rhode Island College, 2-0 at Sprague Field on Tuesday evening.

Junior Anthony Rogic (Boonton, NJ / Morris Catholic) made one save for his fourth shutout of the year as the Red Hawks improved to 9-1-2 on the year.

Senior goalkeeper Nick Clark (East Bridgewater, MA / East Bridgewater) made six saves for the Anchormen, who had their four-game winning streak snapped. Rhode island College fell to 6-5 with the loss.

In the second half, the Red Hawks stepped up the offensive pressure.  Pauls had a shot from six yards out on the right side just go over the crossbar in the 50th minute and Kevin Zalewski (Parsippany, NJ / Parsippany) was stopped by Clark less than a minute later.

In the 53rd minute, Brian Cullen (Clementon, NJ / Highland Regional) ran on to a ball at the top of the box. Clark and a defender collided leaving the net wide open. Cullen attempted to chase down the ball as it rolled near the end line. He managed to get to it before the ball whenever, however his shot from the difficult angle was scooped up by Clark who managed to get back in keeping the game scoreless.

Three minutes later, Pauls snapped the scoreless game with his four goal of the season. Zalewski crossed a ball from 35 yards out on the left side to Pauls, who then fired a shot underneath the crossbar past a diving Clark for the 1-0 Montclair State lead with 33:59 to play.

Mendoza added the insurance goal with 3:22 to play notching his 11th of the season beating Clark on a breakaway.

Montclair State outshot the Anchormen, 16-4 and held a 4-1 edge in corner kicks.

The Red Hawks return to action on Saturday, October 8 as they head to Camden, NJ to face Rutgers-Camden in a first-place matchup at 3:00 pm. The two teams are currently tied atop the NJAC standings at 3-0-1 (10 points). Rhode Island College is back out on the road traveling to Danbury, CT to face Western Connecticut in a Little East Conference contest at Noon.