MC blanks Birmingham-Southern in season opener, 5-0

MC blanks Birmingham-Southern in season opener, 5-0

Maryville College opened the women's soccer season on Friday evening with a bang, as the Scots toppled Birmingham-Southern University, 5-0, in the Bicentennial Kick-off Classic.

MC struck early with a pair of goals just 10 minutes into the match, and didn't look back. The Orange and Garnet had a trio of goals in the first half, adding a pair of insurance goals in the second for the shutout victory.

"You know, it's big," Head Coach Pepe Fernandez said. "We've actually played some weak teams early in the season and not done well against them. This was not a weak team. It's a good solid team with a ton of tradition and a lot of good players. Fortunately, we scored early and kind of had them reeling a little bit. That certainly played in our favor. It's a good start, and it was good to get all of our players in. We've got a lot of things to work on, but we've got some things to build on now."

Maryville managed a pair of goals from red-shirt sophomore Taylor Frizen, as she scored one in each half. Those goals marked the first for the Scot while wearing the Orange and Garnet.

"First game as a Maryville Scot, and she scores two goals," Fernandez said. "You've got to like that. You know, with losing Bailey, you always wonder how are you going to make up those 17 or 18 goals. Taylor can do it."

Shannon Reagan also was a key contributor, as the senior looks to build off her All-Conference performance last season. Reagan added a goal and an assist, while Jenna Clothier and Hannah Clothier had a goal each.

"She is so dynamic," Fernandez said of Reagan. "She's just so dangerous when she gets the ball going forward. She could have had a couple more, and she played some good balls across. I thought Lexi Hill played awesome up top."

Maryville struck early in the sixth minute, as Jenna Clothier took advantage of a free kick. The junior from Murfreesboro, Tenn. placed the free kick into the upper right corner from 25 yards out. With 5:57 showing, MC led 1-0.

Just 5:13 later, Maryville added to that score. Hannah Clothier collected a corner from Emilie Guigou in a scrum, left footing it into the far left corner. MC led 2-0 with 10:06 on the clock.

It would take just 31 seconds to tally another, as Frizen notched her first goal in the Highlands. Frizen collected Reagan's pass from the left side, finishing with her right foot into the middle of the goal. At the 10:37 mark, MC led 3-0.

Both teams went scoreless until the second half, as Reagan tallied her first goal of the 2019 campaign. She collected a Macy Lindsey pass at the 51:25 mark for a 4-0 lead.

Frizen would make it a 5-0 victory with her brace. Lexi Hill added the assist on the goal.

Maryville College (1-0) saw Frizen score her pair of goals on a trio of shots on goal. Reagan had a goal and an assist with a pair of shots on goal, as Jenna Clothier had a goal on two shots. Hannah Clothier made her only shot of the day count, while Lindsey, Hill and Guigou added assists.

Abbey Coleman got the win in net, tallying a trio of saves on the afternoon. Spencer Ann-Mitchell added a save in just over 32 minutes in goal for the Scots.

Birmingham-Southern (0-1) saw their 10-shot effort led by Sydney Barrow's four-shot afternoon.

Maryville will look next to face off with Pfeiffer University on Saturday, Aug. 31. First touch is slated for 4 p.m. on MC's pitch.