Frizen's second-half rally earns USA South Player of the Week honors

Frizen's second-half rally earns USA South Player of the Week honors

Maryville College's Taylor Frizen had a hand in three of the four goals the Scots scored last week, as the sophomore was tabbed USA South Player of the Week for her efforts.

Frizen – a Knoxville, Tenn. native – led the Scots to a come-from-behind victory over conference rivals Covenant College. The four-goal second half kept MC's conference mark at 6-0 heading into the final two weeks of regular season play.

"You know, it's kind of crazy," Head Coach Pepe Fernandez said. "Those two forwards [Frizen and Shannon Reagan] keep going back and forth with this. It shows how unselfish they are. They both find each other, but Taylor had a fantastic game. We played her wide, and we played her in the middle. She was effective in both spots. The second we switched her to the middle, she went in and scored. That was the real difference maker in that game. It was a real nail-biter, and actually, we were down at halftime. We were able to comeback, and she kind of led that comeback. She put the team on her shoulders."

Maryville trailed the Georgian Scots, 1-0, after Kyra Duble found Kailey Burrell for her eight goal of the season. Covenant led by one goal after the score in the 21st minute, as they held that advantage until the half, despite MC outshooting them 6-4.

Frizen led the comeback in the second half, as she had a hand in three of the four goals in the 4-1 win.

She started the scoring just 3:34 into the second half, as she found Shannon Reagan for her conference-leading 15th goal. The duo continues to have a back-and-forth scoring method, as Frizen would add a pair of goals for her 10 on the year.

Macy Lindsey found her in the 71st minute for the Bearden High products ninth score of the 2019 season. That goal was the eventual game-winner in the USA South bout.

Frizen would secure her 10th goal of the season in the 77th minute, as the Scots posted a trio of goals in 6:20. Kelly Allen dished out the assist on Frizen's second score.

"I thought it was big," Fernandez said. "If I remember right, the game before, she didn't score. She was bummed out about it. She had some really good assists, and she missed a couple easy chances. She didn't get many very good balls during the game. She was a little bummed out about it, but to see her step in and score like she did, you just want her to keep her rhythm going. You want both of them and Lexie Hill to be clicking in all cylinders as we go into the tournament. It's exciting to see her play well."

Maryville has just two regular season matches left on the docket, before they take on the USA South Athletic Conference Tournament.

MC faces Brevard College – the fourth-ranked squad in the conference's Western Division – on Tuesday, Oct. 22, before taking on LaGrange College on Sunday, Oct. 27 for Senior Day.

The conference tournament first round is slated for Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Frizen and Reagan have traded goals all season, as Reagan leads the conference with 15. Frizen ranks fourth with 10 scores this year.

"You need a couple people to score goals," Fernandez said. "This conference has shown over a couple of years that it's easy to scheme for one person. You've got to have a couple people that can put the ball in the net. Fortunately, we have three or four girls that can do that right now. It makes it tough to shut down one side of the field or double-team one person, because it leaves another really good player open. Those three up top are not afraid to pass to each other, and they're not afraid to shoot. It makes it difficult to key on them, and if you do, then it opens our midfielders up.

The 5-foot-4 forward has 10 goals and five assists in 14 matches this year. She has 25 points – second most on the squad – while holding a .615 shots on goal percentage. Frizen has a pair of game-winners this year, including the one over Covenant.