Lukas, Sipos earn All-Region honors from United Soccer Coaches

Lukas, Sipos earn All-Region honors from United Soccer Coaches

The United Soccer Coaches released their 2018 All-Region selections, as a pair of Maryville College Scots were tabbed to the prestigious list.

MC's Miranda Lukas and Bailey Sipos earned Third-Team All-South Atlantic Region honors, while leading Maryville to its second-consecutive USA South Western Division Regular Season title.

"They've been two of the best players in the conference in their position," Head Coach Pepe Fernandez said. "Miranda has been, if not the best, one of the best at her position all four years she's been here. I'm happy to see her get the recognition. Bailey, as a sophomore, to already be an All-South player, you just think the future is really, really bright for her if she continues to bash in goals, as she typically does."

Lukas and Sipos earn the regional honor following stellar 2018 campaigns. Both Scots were honored as First Team Overall and First Team Western Division All-Conference members following their championship run.

Lukas was tabbed a Third-Team All-South Atlantic defender, while Sipos won the award as a forward.

"It's what's you come here for," Fernandez said of the duo leading MC to back-to-back titles. "The Regular Season is sometimes the most difficult thing to win. It's about the long haul. In soccer, one-off games, the ball can bounce either way. The one thing these two have done is that they've stuck with our definition of winning. Our definition of winning, knowing the way soccer is, they always give it their all, and they are good teammates. I think those two things, they've consistently done in the time they've been here. That's probably what I'm most proud of them for."

Lukas closed out her stellar Orange and Garnet career on the pitch this fall, as the senior defender has led the Scots to a 50-21-5 record. The Cape Coral, Fla. native helped MC to a 32-5-4 record in USA South play over that time, as the Scots hold a .829 winning percentage against conference foes in her tenure.

"She's so dynamic," Fernandez said. "She's taller than your typical outside back, and so, she gives you height. She's good in the air, and she has the ability to defend one-on-one. Plus, she has the ability to go forward and attack. She scored the game-winner on a header in the conference quarterfinals last year. Somebody that is such a good, all-around player – even though you're only losing one out of that back group – it's really tough to replace. We saw it early in the year when she was out. We put some other very good players out there, but not very many players – in the South or in the country – have the complete skill set that she has."

Lukas had a goal and an assist during her senior season, as she anchored a defense that accounted for seven total shutouts. She helped MC's defensive squad to a 0.85 goals allowed average, as Maryville College outscored regular season conference opponents, 32-2, on their way to an 8-0 USA South mark.

This North Fort Meyers High School product posted six goals and seven assists in her Maryville career, as she accounted for a pair of game-winning goals.

Lukas helped MC to 35 shutouts in her four years.

Sipos – a sophomore forward – also earned Third-Team honors. This talented striker was named the USA South Player of the Year following her Rookie of the Year Award in 2017.

During the regular season, Sipos led the USA South against league competition with eight goals and 19 points.

The Knoxville, Tenn. native posted a trio of hat tricks during the season, as she has a total of five in her two-season career.

"It's one of those things you can't coach," Fernandez said. "Some people – Bailey, Shannon Reagan, Caleb Lucas, Chris Reid, kids like that – they just have a nose for the goal. It's a natural instinct. When you have somebody like that, one, they are rare to get at a small school. When they do have that instinct, it's a pretty special trait. We hope that she continues to improve on that and rack up hat tricks."

Sipos had 17 goals on the season to lead Maryville, as she added four assists for a total of 38 points. She added five game-winners of the 2018 campaign and a 1-for-2 effort on penalty kicks.

This Hardin Valley Academy product has 32 career goals and seven career assists. She has a total of 71 points in her two years wearing Orange and Garnet.

Piedmont College also had a pair of United Soccer Coaches Third-Team honorees, as senior defender Natalie Munoz and senior forward Cassidy Reich made the list.

The four players were they only USA South representatives on the All-South Atlantic Region squad.