Three different players scored goals to help spark the Fulton Hornets soccer team to a 3-1 triumph over the Missouri Military Academy on Thursday night at the high school athletic complex.
The victory was the second in a row for Fulton, which raised its season record to 4-1.
"We're getting the mental side of the game," Hornets head coach Joel Henley said. "That's why we're able to take the steps we're making."
Freshman midfielder Jayden Ayers gave Fulton a fast lead when he delivered an unassisted goal in the 3rd minute of the first half. Junior defender Dillon Jones then made it 2-0 when he scored off a free kick in the 22nd minute.
After MMA posted its only goal in the 33rd minute, senior midfielder Clement Mahoro sent the Hornets into halftime with a 3-1 lead when he scored off an assist from his brother, freshman forward Christian Mahoro, in the 39th minute.
Fulton was able to protect that advantage in the second half to secure the win.
"What I really liked is that we got off to the early start, but we had to keep grinding," Henley said. "We continued to play and fight, and that goal right before the half made a huge difference."
The Hornets won despite being outshot 21-17. Fulton finished with a 12-10 edge in shots on goal.
Senior goalkeeper Logan Vanden Bosch tallied nine saves for the Hornets.
Fulton (1-3) bowed in the junior varsity game 2-1. Junior forward Jesse Peterson accounted for the Hornets' only goal.
Fulton stays at home for a North Central Missouri Conference game against Marshall at 5 p.m. Tuesday.