Sipos claims the trifecta in earning MC's first-ever United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week honor

Sipos claims the trifecta in earning MC's first-ever United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week honor

Maryville College's Bailey Sipos claimed the trifecta this week, as the sophomore forward becomes the first-ever Scot to earn the Division III National Player of the Week honors from United Soccer Coaches on Tuesday.

Sipos scored the hat trick in awards this week, as she claimed her fourth collegiate hat trick on the field last week. The Knoxville, Tenn. native was also named the USA South Athletic Conference Player of the Week and the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week following her four-goal, two assist performance.

"I tell you what, of all the great players we've had here and no one player has received this award, it's pretty special," Head Coach Pepe Fernandez said. "It's a credit to how hard she's worked and her determination. It's also her teammates' ability around her to get her the ball. As impressive as the individual performance was, the team performance was right there with it. We're really happy and excited for her, and we're proud of her."

Sipos had four goals in just three matches for Maryville, as she led the Scots to a 3-0 record against USA South Athletic Conference competition. The sophomore tallied a pair of assists for 10 total points on the week to earn the national recognition.

"That's crazy," Sipos said of the award. "I know there's been a lot of really good players come through Maryville, so it's a really big honor for me."

The 5-foot-3 forward scored her second hat trick of the 2018 campaign, as she ranks eighth all-time in the Maryville College record books with four career three-goal matches.

"That's pretty special when you think about the goal scorers that we have had here," Head Coach Pepe Fernandez said. "All-American Julie Dingels and Jessica Petersen – people like that that played up front. For her to already be in that talk as a sophomore is pretty impressive."

Petersen and Dingels lead the MC career hat trick record. Petersen has nine career hat tricks, while Dingels – the Scots' only All-American – recorded eight in her tenure.

In a wet and soggy 4-1 win over Berea College, Sipos was held to seven shots with a pair on goal, as the Mountaineers kept her at bay.

However, in a 4-0 shutout over Huntingdon College on Saturday, Sipos made each of her three shots for the match count, as she recorded the hat trick.

Sipos scored the eventual game-winner in just the third minute. She scored the first goal unassisted, before taking an assist from Lexie Hill in the sixth minute for a 2-0 lead. 

"She was sick a little bit last week early in the week, and she was not herself for a couple of games," Fernandez said. "This weekend, she was phenomenal. She got open twice and scored two really good goals, which allowed us to rest our team. Then, she came right back out after halftime and scored another one. What was good about it was that she had a great individual effort, but it was a great team effort. She was a part of that team effort. At times, we've had girls that all we have done is worry about getting the ball to them to carry the team. But, with her, it was a great team effort this weekend."

Sipos would complete the hat trick in the 62nd minute with her second unassisted goal of the match.

"It's really exciting," Sipos said. "I usually have a lot of shots on goal, and I don't always make all of them. The fact that the three shots that I had in the Huntingdon game were able to score goals was just awesome for me. It's all about the team. Scoring for my team and getting us on the board, it's just amazing to me."

Finally, in a 4-1 win over Agnes Scott, the sophomore would notch her 10th goal of the season and the 25th of her career. In the 12th minute, she took a cross from Shannon Reagan, depositing it to equalize things at 1-1.

Sipos would tally the assist on the game-winner, as she lofted a corner kick to Hill in the 17th minute. She added a second assist in the 89th minute to Zoe Van Hook in the three-goal victory.

On the year, this Knoxville, Tenn. native has 10 goals and a pair of assists. She's had 57 shots with 27 of those finding frame for a .474 shots on goal percentage. Sipos is averaging a goal a match this season, as she has a pair of game-winning scores.

In this Hardin Valley Academy product's two-year career, she has 25 goals and five assists. Sipos has 55 career points, as 73 of her 131 shots have been on goal. She has six career game-winners.

Sipos will look to lead the Scots this week, as Maryville plays host to Covenant College on Wednesday, Oct. 3. First touch for the USA South match is slated for 7:00 p.m.