Sipos earns Player, Rookie honors from USA South behind four-goal weekend

Sipos earns Player, Rookie honors from USA South behind four-goal weekend

Maryville College's Bailey Sipos earned USA South Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week honors following her stellar performance on the weekend.

The freshman forward added four goals to her stellar season total, as the Scots took a pair of 3-0 shutouts.

Sipos has now scored 11 goals with an assist through nine games this year, as she extends Maryville's win streak to four with the wins on the weekend.

"You know, you can have some very good soccer teams, but if you don't have somebody sticking the ball in the net consistently like we've seen the past few years, you're still not a great team," Head Coach Pepe Fernandez said. "She is taking care of that part of the game for us. It's a good weekend. Two shutouts and two good wins against conference teams, so hopefully, she'll keep banging them into the back of the net."

Sipos helps MC to a tie for the lead in the Western Division with a 3-0 win over Wesleyan College (Ga.) on Saturday.

A constant MC offensive attack found Hannah Clothier advancing through the box. A quick dish to Sipos, as the Knoxville, Tenn. native placed her eighth goal of the season past the outstretched arms of the Wolves' keeper, using her right foot.

In the 24th minute, Sipos would strike again. A Maryville corner kick was pushed to the left of the box. The Hardin Valley Academy product gathered a lower body trap and did a one-time right footer into the net for her ninth goal of the year.

In Sunday's 3-0 non-conference win over USA South Eastern Division foe Ferrum College, Sipos again found a pair of goals. She recorded the eventual game-winning goal just six minutes into the challenge. Sipos trapped a cross, directing a shot from left to right. The keeper got both hands on the blast, but it trickled into the net for the freshman's 10th goal of the year.

Her 11th goal would come in the 33rd minute of competition. From 18 yards out, the rookie connected on a right-footer into the upper-right of the net, making the final score 3-0.

Sipos said scoring more efficiently has been something she has worked on during the summer.

"I went through a lot of finishing over the summer with my club coach, so I've been working on it," Sipos said. "I've been trying to work on getting my shots down lower so I can score a couple more, because a lot of mine go high. I've just been working hard."

That work has paid off, as the 5-foot-3 forward currently ranks second in the USA South Athletic Conference with her 11 goals. She trails the conference leader by only one goal on the year.

Maryville College will look for Sipos to continue her surge on the season, as Maryville travels to Brevard College on Tuesday, Sept. 26. First touch for the match is slated for 6 p.m.