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story.lead_photo.caption Fulton senior forward Mason Crane (center) tries to gain possession of the ball against Marshall sophomore Erick Salmeron during the Hornets' 5-1 NCMC win over the Owls on Tuesday night at the high school athletic complex. Fulton freshman midfielder Jayden Ayers follows up on the play. Photo by David Shawley/Special to the Fulton Sun

Fulton junior forward Jesse Peterson provided two goals and the Hornets soccer team secured its first NCMC win of the season by toppling Marshall 5-1 at the high school athletic complex Tuesday night.

Fulton — which defeated Marshall for the first time since 2012 — raised its season record to 5-1 and evened its North Central Missouri Conference mark at 1-1.

"I was super-impressed with the way the guys played — it was a total team effort on both offense and defense," Hornets head coach Joel Henley said. "Picking up NCMC wins has been tough for us in recent years, so to get one against a good Marshall team is tremendous."

Junior forward Alban Dervishi — playing his first game of the season — opened Fulton's scoring with a goal in the 12th minute of the first half. Senior midfielder Clement Mahoro assisted on the score.

Peterson then put the Hornets up 2-0 with his first goal in the 20th minute, assisted again by Mahoro.

Fulton carried a three-goal advantage into halftime when sophomore forward Dominick Tharp scored off an assist from freshman midfielder Jayden Ayers in the 25th minute.

Marshall finally got on the scoreboard with its only goal in the 4th minute of the second half. The Hornets, though, extended their lead to 4-1 on sophomore defender Dalton Jones' goal — assisted by senior forward Mason Crane — in the 15th minute.

Peterson then punctuated Fulton's victory when he scored off an assist from freshman forward Christian Mahoro in the 20th minute.

The Hornets edged Marshall 19-16 in overall shots, but owned a 16-8 advantage over the Owls in shots on goal.

"We knew going in that Marshall's (defensive) formation was to clog the middle," Henley said. "We preached to the kids to play the ball outside and then work it into the middle to stretch the defense out. That opened up a lot of gaps.

"Defensively, we made them shoot long shots and we kept them in front of us."

Fulton (1-4) bowed in the junior varsity game 2-0.

Fulton opens play in the Boonville Tournament against Fatima at 6 p.m. Friday. The Hornets defeated Fatima 6-4 on Sept. 1 in Fulton.

Fulton continues tournament play Saturday against Boonville at 11 a.m.

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