Men's Soccer Blanks Hunter Behind Pauls' Hat Trick

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Montclair, NJ (10/18/10) –  Junior midfielder Sean Pauls (Denville, NJ / Morris Knolls) scored all three goals for his first career hat trick as Montclair State won its fourth straight as the Red Hawks blanked Hunter College, 3-0 in NCAA non-conference action at MSU Soccer Park on Monday evening.

Mike Pytlar (Califon, NJ / West Morris)Thomas Benack (Sparta, NJ / Lenape Valley) and Alex Sommer(Ridgewood, NJ / Ridgewood) each collected assists as the Red Hawks moved to 12-2-2 on the season.

Junior goalkeeper Zade Haobsh (Wayne, NJ / DePaul Catholic) made six saves for Hunter, which finished the regular-season at 7-6-3. The Hawks are currently second in the CUNYAC and vying for a spot in the conference tournament, which begins on Wednesday, October 27.
Pauls became the second Red Hawk this season to record at hat trick as he joined Chris Tatro (Somerville, NJ / Somerville), who accomplished the feat against City College of New York on October 9. He scored twice in a 2:52 span after Hunter got the first scoring opportunity in the game as Mario Rojas (Pereira, Columbia / Yorktown) was stopped byAnthony Rogic (Boonton, NJ / Morris Catholic) 5:23 into the contest.

That would be the last shot the Hawks would get until the closing minutes of the period. Meanwhile, Montclair State turned up the pressure with four shots, including two that Haobsh snared. In the 15th minute, Pytlar tracked down a loose ball and moved down the right sideline and along the end line before lifting a cross over to a streaking Pauls on the left side. Pauls deposited the ball into the back of the net for the goal as Montclair grabbed a 1-0 lead. 

Benack provided the helper on the second goals as he fed Pauls along the top of the box on the left side. Pauls took one step before firing a shot inside the far right post as Montclair State took a 2-0 lead into the break. 

Pauls got the hat trick at 69:09 of the contest. Off a corner kick by Sommer, Pauls came streaking in along the left side nailing the header to the left post giving Montclair State a 3-0 advantage. 

Rogic and T.J. Mack (Branchburg, NJ / Somerville) combined on the shutout for Montclair State, the Red Hawks second straight and ninth of the year. MSU outshot the Hawks, 21-2 and had an 11-1 advantage in corner kicks. 

Montclair State is now off until Saturday, October 23 as MSU travels to Pomona, NJ to face Richard Stockton in a 1:00 pm NJAC matchup. The Red Hawks are currently atop the NJAC standings at 6-1 (18 points), two points ahead of The College of New Jersey.