Reagan's third hat trick garners USA South Player of the Week mention

Reagan's third hat trick garners USA South Player of the Week mention

Maryville College's Shannon Reagan earned USA South Player of the Week honors for the second-consecutive week, as the senior led the Scots to a 2-0 record against conference foes.

Reagan – a Tullahoma, Tenn. native – notched her second hat trick in as many weeks, while Maryville had shutout wins over Huntingdon College and Agnes Scott College.

"We've talked about it the whole year that we lose the leading scorer in the conference and the Player of the Year, and we needed people to step up," Head Coach Pepe Fernandez said. "Not only has she stepped up, but Taylor Frizen, Lexi Hill, Jenna Clothier and Hannah Clothier have stepped up and been able to put the ball in the net. She's been exciting, and she's been tough to stop. When she's gotten around the corner on people, she's either scored or had great assists. We really like the way that the whole group of forwards are playing."

Reagan has a trio of three-goal matches this season, as she has four career hat tricks.

In the Scots' first action of the week, this 5-foot forward assisted on the final goal of a 4-0 victory over the Hawks.

Reagan passed a perfect assist in the 55th minute to find Lexi Hill in the box. Hill lofted an attack that was just out of the reach of Huntingdon keeper Kylie Kersh for her third goal of the 2019 campaign.

The senior wasn't finished there, as she scored seven points in an 8-0 win over conference foe Agnes Scott. Reagan had three goals and an assist to move to 5-0 in USA South play.

Reagan found the eventual game-winner in just the seventh minute of play. She collected a Taylor Frizen cross low in the box, before placing a left-footed one-timer into the net.

Just 13 minutes later, the duo would combine for a 2-0 Maryville lead. Frizen dribbled into the box, finding Reagan. The senior deposited her 13th goal of the season into the upper left corner of the net.

Reagan added an assist in the 51st minute, as she found Hill. Reagan lofted a cross, as Hill would blast a left-footed shot for a 5-0 MC advantage.

The Reagan-Frizen connection would rise again in the 58th minute, as Frizen collected her third assist to aid Reagan in completing the hat trick. Frizen's cross from the right side allowed Reagan to tally her 14th goal of the season to put Maryville up 6-0, in the 8-0 victory.

Reagan currently leads the USA South with her 14 goals, as she also ranks tied for the assists lead with seven during the 2019 campaign.

"You hope something like this would happen," Fernandez said. "You hope that somebody could step up, and the combination of her, Taylor and Lexi up top, it's been fun to watch. You've got Lexi who can post up and hold the ball, and then the other two that can run by you. It's a really unique combination that gives you different traits that you can take advantage. You typically don't have assists from one wing to another, but with the speed of those two, it shows how fast they're getting around the corner. They're mirroring each other, and they find each other."

Reagan currently leads the USA South in total goals, total assists, assists per game and goals per game. She also leads the league with 35 total points, as the senior ranks 15th nationally in points.

Reagan ranks 20th in total goals and 36th in total assists in the nation.

Her 14 goals are just two behind her career-high 16 from the 2017 season, as she's tied her career high with 35 points – also from 2017. The senior has eight career game-winning goals.

She has nine matches in her career with two goals or more, as she's tallied 38 goals. That number ranks Reagan 13th all-time in the Maryville College Record Books, as she nears the Top 15 with her 15 career assists.

Seven of those assists came this season.

"She's obviously one of the best all-time wide players that we've ever had," Fernandez said. "There's some pretty good competition there. We've had some great players, but Shannon is right up there with all of them. Her combination of skills is something that is unique for this level. We're happy that she's doing what she's doing."

Reagan will look to continue her scoring ways, as they Scots travel for yet another USA South competition. Maryville – the conference's Western Division leaders – will face second-ranked Covenant College on Wednesday, Oct. 16. First touch is slated for 7:00 p.m.