Reagan earns TSWA Player of the Week honors with record performance

Reagan earns TSWA Player of the Week honors with record performance

Maryville College's Shannon Reagan was tabbed Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week, as the senior tallied four goals and an assist for the Scots last week.

The award marks the third-straight week the Scots have captured the Tennessee award, as Reagan has tallied a pair of those.

She led the Scots to a USA South Western Division Regular Season Title, going a perfect 8-0 in conference play. In her three seasons at Maryville, MC has posted a 22-0-1 conference mark while claiming 18-straight USA South victories.

"It was great," Head Coach Pepe Fernandez said. "She just continues to be one of the best scorers in the country. You've come to expect her to put the ball in the net, but what's good, is that if you shut her down, you have three other people that are scoring regularly, too."

Reagan led Maryville to a 2-0 record last week, as she had a big hand in the final victory of the regular season.

The senior deposited four goals and an assist in a 10-0 win over LaGrange, as she tied the MC record for goals in a match.

"It doesn't happen very often, at any level," Fernandez said. "Somebody scores four goals in a game, and she did it in 25 minutes of playing time – something like that. It's a pretty tough record to tie and get to in any game. Four goals for a team, usually, is a lot in one game. It's an impressive record."

It's just the 19th time in MC's 31-year history of women's soccer, and it was the first time since 2016 for an Maryville player to score four goals in one match.

Regan had the eventual game-winner win the sixth minute, as the senior collected a Lexie Hill pass. The goal made the score 1-0 at the 5:12 mark. She assisted defender Alyssa Kral just 14:15 later, as Kral posted her first collegiate goal.

Reagan had an unassisted goal in the 25th minute, before posting the hat trick just 2:33 into the second half, again from Hill.

The senior completed the haul in the 52nd minute – again from Hill – as the Scots would claim their third-straight USA South Regular Season crown.

Reagan was a key factor in that, earning USA South Player of the Year. She lead the league with 19 goals, 9 assists and 47 points.

"It's big," Fernandez said. "Opponents feel like they can't just key on her and stop her from scoring. She's going to get assists, too. The other two forwards and our midfield are also capable of scoring from several different spots. I think its where we're a little different than in the past. We've had some really good goal scorers, but there's been only a couple of teams that we've had that had so many people in different spots that could score in different ways. That is what is exciting about this group."

Maryville will open the USA South Tournament at home on Saturday, Nov. 2, after earning a first-round bye as a top-seeded squad. They face off with Methodist University at 2 p.m.