ASHLAND — The Fulton Hornets soccer team slipped to 11-5 on the season after being shut out by the unbeaten Southern Boone Eagles 3-0 in a non-conference matchup Thursday night.
"This is one of those games where we walk away and still feel pretty happy with the way we played," Fulton head coach Joel Henley said. "We had people (from Southern Boone) tell us that this was the toughest test they've had all season."
The contest was scoreless until Southern Boone (13-0) logged a goal in the 37th minute of the first half. The Eagles then made it 2-0 with an own goal in the 32nd minute of the second half and tacked on their final goal in the 38th minute.
Southern Boone easily outshot the Hornets 13-3, including 7-1 in shots on goal.
"We struggled at times in getting the ball through the midfield," Henley said. "Southern Boone is good about getting back and reshaping (its defense)."
Fulton (2-6-2) was also blanked in the junior varsity game 2-0.
The Hornets return home for a critical matchup against North Central Missouri Conference foe Kirksville at noon Saturday at the high school athletic complex. Fulton will be looking to avenge a 3-2 loss to the Tigers on Sept. 22 at Kirksville.
The Hornets and Tigers are both in the Class 2, District 6 Tournament, scheduled for later this month at Moberly. The district also includes Mexico and Boonville.
Fulton owns two wins over Boonville, a victory over Moberly and has split its two meetings with Mexico. The Hornets play again at Moberly on Oct. 22.
"A win (Saturday) would put us solidly in the driver's seat for the No. 1 seed in the district," Henley said. "That's the bigger picture."