Maryville College's Randy Reichenberger earns USA South Player of the Week, after he kept the Scots' winning streak alive over the weekend.
Reichenberger – a junior – added an assist on a game-winning goal, before finding a game-winner of his own in double-overtime against Averett on Sunday.
His performances aided Maryville to its 6-0 start, as they tie the second-best season-opening mark in school history.
"Randy played fantastic all weekend long," Head Coach Pepe Fernandez said. "He had very big assist on the game-winner at Ferrum late in the game, and then he turned around and got the game-winner in the game against Averett. Not only that, he was just consistently one of the best players on the field. Randy is so dynamic outside that he can take people one-on-one, or he can come in the box and score. He's just really back in form from his freshman year where he score a couple goals in the conference semifinal. We're excited about the way he is playing."
MC ties the 2011 and 2003 squads with unblemished marks through six games.
Only the 1994 team's 8-0 record to open the season ranks better.
"That's been really interesting," Fernandez said of the 6-0 start. "It was a little bit different this time last year, in that we were scoring a lot of goals. We're still scoring a lot of goals for soccer, but we've been able to come from behind. We've been able to get different people scoring, instead of just relying on two people. Hopefully, that'll make a difference in the long run. Last year, at some point, the other teams were going to adjust and just shut down your two top players. Now, there's people coming off the bench scoring. It just makes thing a lot more unpredictable from us, which I like."
This weekend, it was Reichenberger that stepped up.
On Saturday, the Hendersonville, Tenn. native assisted the game-winning goal against USA South foe Ferrum College. In the 86th minute – with just 4:22 remaining in the match – Reichenberger flipped a pass to the top of the box, as Cody VanKerschaever switched feet from right to left and back. His defender fell off, as he planted the ball in the lower left of the net without a save attempt from Ferrum for the 2-0 win.
Sunday was Reichenberger's biggest feat of the week. The junior forward scored the game-winning goal in a 3-2 double-overtime victory over USA South foe Averett University.
With just 1:17 left in the 109th minute, Reichenberger would get the game winner. Milan Card would bounce a long shot from the right off the cross bar, as Reichenberger would clean it up on the left side of the net for the thrilling victory. Card was credited with the assist.
Reichenberger will look to continue his streak of game-winners, as the Scots host Emory University on Wednesday, Sept. 20. First touch on MC's pitch is slated for 6 p.m.