Junior forward Lola Weiss and sophomore midfielder Jenny McCarty both produced three goals Tuesday night, helping power the Fulton Lady Hornets soccer team to a commanding 10-0 win over visiting Montgomery County.
Sophomore midfielder Anna Fink assisted on four goals for Fulton (2-0), which was playing its home opener. The Lady Hornets - who launched their season with a 2-0 triumph at Southern Boone on Monday night - were in control from the outset Tuesday night, building a 7-0 lead at halftime.
"This was a great opportunity for all of the girls to play," Fulton head coach Kati Wallace said. "We experimented with some different positions and we did a good job of passing."
Unassisted goals from sophomore defender Kate Sterner and Weiss, respectively, put the Lady Hornets in front 2-0. McCarty then delivered her first goal off an assist from senior midfielder Kara Henry.
Another unassisted goal by Weiss near the end of the first half sent Fulton into the break with its comfortable advantage.
McCarty was responsible for two of the Lady Hornets' three second-half goals, with the other coming from Weiss. Fink assisted on all three goals.
Henry, sophomore midfielder Adrienne Ebersole and senior goalkeeper Liz Foreman - playing in the field - added Fulton's other goals. Sophomore midfielder Rachelle Miller also recorded an assist as the Lady Hornets piled up 37 shots on goal and finished with 12 corner kicks.
Foreman and sophomore goalkeeper Billie Klutts shared the shutout as Fulton's defense prevented Montgomery County from posting any shots on goal or corner kicks.
The Lady Hornets kick off the North Central Missouri Conference portion of their schedule when they host Marshall at 5 p.m. Monday. The junior varsity game will be played first.
"We're definitely ready for conference," Wallace said. "(The unbeaten start) has helped prove that we can be successful as long as we depend on each other."
North Callaway baseball (V)........16
AUXVASSE - Junior starter Collin Brinker struck out eight of the first nine batters he faced Tuesday night as the Thunderbirds rolled to the season-opening victory.
The game was called on the 10-run rule after 4 1/2 innings.
Brinker - who finished with nine strikeouts and walked none - settled on a one-hitter in four innings of work. North Callaway turned a pair of double plays behind Brinker.
Senior catcher Zac Kee went 2-for-3 with two singles, four runs batted in and two runs scored as the Thunderbirds totalled eight hits. Junior shortstop Zach Lavy, who pitched the final inning in relief of Brinker, was also 2-for-3 with a triple, a double, three RBI and three runs scored.
Senior right fielder Grant Cundiff also finished 2-for-3 with two singles, a run scored and a stolen base.
"It was a good start to the season," North Callaway head coach Kevin O'Neal said. "We had really good pitching, good, disciplined hitting and good fielding when (Van-Far) put the ball in play."
The Thunderbirds also had an easy time in the junior varsity contest, coasting to a 19-1 romp in 2 1/2 innings.
North Callaway hosts a varsity game against Wellsville at 5 p.m. today.
Fulton boys' tennis (V)...................0
The Hornets opened the season with a difficult test Tuesday, falling to the North Central Missouri Conference foe Pirates.
"Some of our guys played a lot better than what I was expecting," Fulton head coach Louis Schnoebelen said. "Hannibal is easily one of the toughest teams on our schedule. We're a young team and have a lot to learn; I'm going to emphasize that we learn something (from the loss) and go from there."
Here are Tuesday night's singles and doubles results:
•No. 1 singles: Bhavesh Kapbamna (H) defeated sophomore Josh Hurt (F) 10-7; No. 2: Christopher Bueler (H) def. senior Sean Flynn (F) 10-4; No. 3: Dhaval Kapbamna (H) def. senior Kody Renner (F) 10-8; No. 4: Jacob Grimes (H) def. sophomore Scott Strough (F) 10-3; No. 5: James Zeiger (H) def. sophomore Trevor Steinbeck (F) 10-4; No. 6: Murray McFarlane (H) def. sophomore Phillip Barkho (F) 10-5.
•No. 1 doubles: B. Kapbamna/Bueler (H) def. Hurt/S. Flynn (F) 10-6; No. 2: Grimes/Zeiger (H) def. Renner/Barkho (F) 10-8; No. 3: D. Kapbamna/McFarlane (H) def. Strough/Steinbeck (F) 10-6; No. 4: Brett Hinton/Aaron Begley (H) def. junior Ryan Baysinger/senior John Barden (F) 10-4; No. 5: Lijah Harrison/Daniel Fohey (H) def. junior Bradley Atkisson/junior Andrew Stukenborg (F) 10-3; No. 6: Mitchell Crane/Blake Hosley (H) def. senior David Hurt/junior Joe Ryan Anderson (F) 10-3.
"We still have a deficit of experience, but we have some talent," Schnoebelen said.
The Hornets host Columbia Independent at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Lady Hornets' Hamilton takes
first in 800 at UCM Relays
WARRENSBURG - Fulton junior Corri Hamilton prevailed in the girls' 800 meters in 2 minutes, 26.31 seconds Monday at the season-opening University of Central Missouri Indoor Relays.
Senior Meghan Davis also finished seventh in the girls' shot put with a throw of 34 feet, 1 inch, while senior Blake Calvin came in eighth in the boys' 1,600 with a time of 4:59.2. Senior Jaena Smith placed 10th in the girls' 3,200 in 14:50.5.
"I am pleased with such a solid start to this year," Fulton head coach Andy Duncan said. "Our upperclassmen are chomping at the bit to shred personal bests and push their teammates to better performances as well."
The Hornets' and Lady Hornets' varsity teams compete in the Waynesville Open at 4 p.m. Thursday.
South Callaway baseball (V)...........7
MOKANE - Starting pitcher Konrad Kemper struck out seven over six innings Monday night as the Bulldogs started their season by giving new head coach Tucker Bartley his first career win.
Kemper was also 1-for-3 with two runs batted in, while Hunter Leeper went 1-for-3 and Ben Seitz finished 1-for-4.
South Callaway hosts its own tournament on Saturday.
Fulton soccer team wins
high school indoor league
COLUMBIA - A team made up of Fulton soccer players recently won the championship of the high school division at the MAC indoor facility.
Fulton took the title by overpowering Kirksville 10-2 in the championship, avenging an earlier 7-6 setback - Fulton's only loss of the season.
Players on the Fulton squad included Dan McClure, Chad Davis, Nick Heimericks, Kara Henry, Darren Jones, Jake Pierce, Jakob Hull, Brian McCarty, Trevor Neal and Kevin Wallace. The team was coached by Tom Jones.