Sierra Leone youngster Mohamed Sesay's four goals helped Hightstown roll past Somerville 5-0 in the opening round of the NJSIAA Group III Central tournament at Mercer County Community College, USA.
The striker, whose four goals helped Hightstown reach the quarter-finals, will have another work to do as they take on a Colts Neck side that defeated Northern Burlington 1-0 in the other match.
Sesay wasted little time finding the net after collecting a perfect ball from midfielder Mark Pazmino to beat Somerville's Daniel Drill just three minutes into the game. Pazmino found Sesay again midway through the first half as the striker blasted off the inside of the right post and into the net.
Jason Aguilar rounded the score to 3-0 before half time after an assist from Jason Mills. The Sierra Leone striker wasted little time finding the net after finishing off a pass from Jacob Pharb and chipping it over Drill into the far corner of the net.
He added his astounding 38th goal of the season in the final 15 minutes of play on another assist from Pharb.
"As a striker for the Hightstown soccer team, it's my job to score goals," said Sesay, who emigrated from Sierra Leone last season.
"Our midfield is amazing. As a striker, I know when they give me the ball I need to make one touch and it's my job to create the space so I can mark the ball. Mark is a very good midfielder, so no matter what happens I know he's going to get me the ball. I just have to create space, make the pass and I'll get the ball back."
"He's unbelievable," Tim Kalick said of Sesay. "He sends me messages all the time saying, 'Coach, I have to play'. He's outside and wants to go hit the ball.
"Pazmino gave him a great ball. We relayed a message into Pazmino and it certainly paid off for us. We picked up a thing real quick on the sideline, sent it in to Pazmino and he gave him the ball. It was a great lift for us and got us going in the right direction, especially after a long layoff."