If the first minute of Fulton's game Monday at Mexico was indicative of anything, it showed the Hornets were going to score fast and often.
Fulton had a goal 48 seconds into the game from junior Dominick Tharp off an assist from senior Jesse Peterson on its way to a 6-0 victory against Mexico — its third shutout of the season and second in as many games.
Seniors connected on the next goal in the 29th minute as Alban Dervishi scored with help from Dillon Jones — his first of four assists. Jones provided Tharp another scoring opportunity in the 32nd minute that ended up being the third Fulton goal and halftime score of 3-0.
Jones assisted on the next two goals, starting with Peterson's in the 61st minute and then sophomore Christian Mahoro's seven minutes later. Senior Jacob Barnes beat the Mexico (2-12, 0-6 NCMC) goalkeeper and the end of regulation with his goal in the 80th minute off an assist from sophomore Jayden Ayers.
Senior Joey Anderson continued his suppressive play in goal for the Hornets (11-3, 4-2 NCMC) as he stopped all nine Mexico shots. Fulton recorded 22 shots and 14 shots on goal.
"Tonight was a team effort that started right at the beginning," head coach Joel Henley said. "The offensive was relentless and the defense was smothering. A solid game all around."
The Fulton junior varsity squad won its game 2-1, with both Hornet goals being scored by Barnes and freshman Noah Cervenka making four saves. Freshman Adrian Lozano assisted on one of the goals.
Fulton has a chance at 5 p.m. Thursday to avenge one of its three losses when the Hornets host district opponent Southern Boone (10-5).