Valencia scored all of his goals within a nine-minute span, starting in the 23rd minute -- when he beat junior goalkeeper in a one-on-one opportunity. Valencia knocked in a shot five minutes later, then was set up for the hat trick by sophomore Isai Trujillo.
A penalty kick with eight minutes remaining in the half sent the Owls into the break with a 4-0 lead, which they extended when Trujillo headed in a corner kick from junior Bryan Sandoval. Another Sandoval drive from the corner was knocked around the box before junior Anthony Ross got his foot on it and sent it into the net.
Ross set up sophomore Jorge Tobar for his first career goal with 10 minutes remaining and Trujillo capped the match by connecting for the second time.
Senior 'keeper Isaac Phillips, shaken up last week during the premiere match at Clinton, saved the only shot Marshall's defense -- senior Wilbur Palma and juniors Chris Medrano, Jimmy Sandoval and Jeremy Sporleder starting -- allowed the Tigers (0-1) for his fourth career shutout.
The Owls, who out-shot the visitors by a whopping 14-1 margin, head to Oak Grove on Thursday.
KIRKSVILLE -- Senior Nichole Cook had 11 kills Tuesday to lead Kirksville to a season-opening 25-12, 25-21 NCMC victory over the visiting Marshall volleyball team.
The Lady Owls held leads midway through both games. They were ahead 12-9 in the first set before the Lady Tigers reeled off 13 of the next 16 points. Trailing 18-16 in the second frame, senior Molly McClanahan knocked down a shot and dropped in two aces to put Kirksville in front.
Juniors Analee Tucker and Karson Heying combined for nine kills to pace Marshall, which got nine digs from sophomore Allie Lemmons. Sophomore Morgan Thompson and senior Jashawna Terry combined to assist 11 of the team's 14 successful attacks.
Senior Michaella Peck had 17 assists for the Lady Tigers (1-0, 1-0 NCMC).
The Lady Owls (0-1, 0-1) will take on Fulton in their home debut Thursday.
BOONVILLE -- Seniors Emily Gerhardt and McKenna McAreavy each banged out three hits and combined for five RBIs Tuesday during Boonville's 11-1, five-inning NCMC home win over the Marshall softball team.
The Lady Pirates' four- and five-hole hitters smashed back-to-back doubles during a four-run first inning and Gerhardt stroke a two-run single in the second for a 7-0 lead.
Senior Courtney Lampson added a run in the third when she singled, went to third on an error and came in on a grounder. Boonville put an early end to the game with three runs in the fourth, Gerhardt getting an RBI double and freshman Miranda Northern's two-bagger plating a pair of runs.
Meanwhile, freshman Michelle Surrat was yielding little on the mound for the Lady Pirates (5-1, 2-0 NCMC): two hits and no walks, while striking out eight batters.
The Lady Owls got a one-out single in the second from sophomore Cheyenne Griffitt and a one-out triple in the third by sophomore Mackenzie Cochran, who was stranded on third base.
Marshall (1-6, 0-3) will be on the road Thursday at Sherwood.
JEFFERSON CITY -- Junior Lindsey Sullivan put together a consistent 18 holes Tuesday for the Marshall girls' golf team during the Helias Invitational at Jefferson City.
The Lady Owls' only returning player had three bogeys and 11 double-bogeys on the Meadow Lake Acres course, but had no holes in which she shot above three over par. Sullivan finished with a 109 during her first tour of the links to place 34th in a field of 62 golfers.
Junior Caitlin Crawford had a bogey and five doubles to shoot 129 and freshman Margaret Miles' three double-bogeys helped her post a 131. Marshall's team score of 504 was rounded out by junior Kalie Cowart's 135.
Although the Lady Crusaders' Jenna Kosmatka won the meet with a six-over-par 78, Rock Bridge bested Jefferson City, 330 to 341, for the team trophy.
The Lady Owls' next meet will be Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Richmond Invitational.