Scots honor Lukas, Yaksic as they earn at least a share of the USA South title, 3-0

Scots honor Lukas, Yaksic as they earn at least a share of the USA South title, 3-0

Maryville College claims at least a share of the USA South Athletic Conference Western Division title for the second-consecutive season with a Senior Day shutout on Wednesday night.

The Scots used a brace from Bailey Sipos on the night, as Emilie Guigou tallied her first collegiate goal for a 3-0 MC victory.

MC still needs a win on Saturday, as they travel to LaGrange, Ga. A victory over the Panthers would give Maryville the USA South title outright and keep their conference mark unblemished.

This season's success has been in part due to the seniors MC honored Wednesday in Mackenzie Yaksic and Miranda Lukas. Yaksic – a Writing Communications major from Gatlinburg, Tenn. – and Lukas – a Physical Education major from Cape Coral, Fla. – hold an overall record of 47-20-5 while wearing the Orange and Garnet.

The duo has led Maryville to now back-to-back USA South Regular Season Championships, as they have pushed the Scots to their fourth-consecutive United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award this fall.

Maryville College struck in the 24th minute, as Sipos collected her 12th goal of the season with a ricocheting shot. The sophomore collected a pass from Alyssa Kral in front of the box, as she dribbled four times to the right. The Knoxville, Tenn. native blasted a low shot that pinballed off keeper Hannah Weatherall, the right post and into the net from 23 yards out. With 23:18 on the clock, MC held a 1-0 advantage.

That is where the score would remain until the half.

Maryville outshot Brevard, 13-3, in the opening 45 minutes. The Scots posted six shots on goal to nine from the Tornados, as they led 3-0 on first-half corner kicks.

Sipos led Maryville with three shots – a pair on frame – and a goal. Savannah Lickel had two shots – each on goal, while Lexie Reeves and Jenna Clothier had two shots with one on target.

Brevard's three first-half shots were spread amongst a trio of Tornados.

Sipos scored her second goal of the contest in the 60th minute. Zoe Van Hook found her from the midfield circle with a high cross down the right side. Sipos made her defender miss, as she drew Weatherall out of the net. The sophomore notched her 13th goal of the season over the diving keeper with a right-footed blast to the upper left corner. That gave MC a 2-0 lead with 59:35 showing.

Emilie Guigou made the match 3-0 at the 69:20 mark with her first collegiate goal. Emilie Boone found her with a right-to-left cross from 16 yards out, as Guigou collected it off a bounce in the box. The freshman blasted her first goal from 4 yards out with a high blast to the right corner in the 70th minute.

Maryville outshot their North Carolina counterparts, 23-7, as the Scots' defensive effort held the Tornados to just one shot on goal. Meanwhile, MC posted eight shots on frame, as the Scots led 7-0 on corner kicks.

Maryville (10-5-0, 7-0-0 USA South) saw Abbey Coleman earn the win in net with a save, as she split the shutout with Spencer Ann Mitchell and Hayli Meeks.

Offensively, Sipos scored a pair of goals on four shots, as the sophomore posted a trio of shots on goal. Guigou had the other MC goal with her one shot on the night, as Van Hook and Boone each recorded assists. Lickel had four shots with two on goal, as Lexi Reeves has three shots with one on goal. Hannah Clothier also had three shots on the night for Maryville.

Brevard (9-6-0, 5-3-0) was led by Megan Shina's three shots effort. The forward posted the Tornados only shot on goal for the night.

Maryville will travel to LaGrange College on Saturday, Oct. 21, as they look to keep their USA South mark unbeaten. First touch for Saturday's match is slated for 3 p.m.