Sipos' third career hat trick nets USA South Player of the Week honors

Sipos' third career hat trick nets USA South Player of the Week honors

Maryville College's Bailey Sipos earned USA South Player of the Week, as the sophomore scored four goals in two matches this week.

Sipos – a Knoxville, Tenn. native – earns her fourth USA South weekly award of her career.

The Hardin Valley Academy product recorded her third career hat trick on Sunday against Muskingum University. She posted four of MC's nine goals on the week, while leading the Scots to a 2-0 record.

"She was pretty special this week," Maryville College Head Coach Pepe Fernandez said. "Not only that she scored that many goals, but it was the type of goals she scored. They were really top-class goals. She was fun to watch. She was electric. Her teammates were getting her the ball in the right spots, and as coaches, it's fun to watch them play well. Really, it's not like we did anything different. We just sat back and watched a good player perform at a very high level this week."

In a 2-1 win over Tennessee Wesleyan University, Sipos scored the Scots' first goal of the season in the first half.

After the Bulldogs opened the game with an early goal in the sixth minute, Sipos would find the equalizer eight minutes later. She drove the right side, lofting a 15-foot attack into the upper left corner of the net for the unassisted goal. Lexie Hill would find the game-winner in the second half for Maryville's first win of the season.

In Sunday's match against Muskingum, Sipos would tally her second goal of the season and the eventual game winner in the 41st minute. She collected a pass from 40 yards out, as the sophomore surged toward the middle of the box. Sipos lofted a shot from 18 yards, posting it just over the reach of Madee Shipley for a 2-1 MC advantage.

Sipos found her second goal of the match in the 74th minute to give Maryville a 4-1 lead. Hannah Clothier lifted a cross into the box from right to left, finding Sipos. The sophomore right-footed it out of the air from 8 yards out.

Sipos would complete her third career hat trick just 1:09 later. Shannon Reagan tallied her second assist of the contest after collecting a kick out at the top of the box. Reagan passed left, as Sipos slicked a right footer into the upper right for a 5-1 advantage.

That hat trick ties Sipos with Sarah Powell and Chris Rajkowski for the eighth-most hat tricks in school history. Jessica Petersen holds the Maryville College record with nine career matches scoring three goals or more.

"When you count on one person like that to stick three goals in, it really helps your offense," Fernandez said of Sipos. "We're very glad to have Shannon [Reagan] back. We lost her for two games, and not having her, I think it really made the whole offense suffer. Having those two out there together just makes it so much more dynamic."

On the season, the talented sophomore forward had four goals in four matches. She has 12 shots on goal with a .444 shots on goal percentage.

In her two-year career, Sipos has scored 19 goals in 23 games played. She has a trio of assists for 41 career points. In 101 shots, Sipos has tallied 58 on goal for a .574 on goal percentage. She also has five career game winners.

The reigning USA South Player of the Week will look to lead the Scots into a mid-week contest against King University on Wednesday night. First touch is slated for 7 p.m., weather permitting.