Maryville College's Shannon Reagan earned USA South Player of the Week honors this week, as the sophomore tallied her first collegiate hat trick in a 2-0 week for MC.
Reagan – a transfer from Robert Morris University – notched four goals and an assist to aid the Scots in earning their third USA South Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship.
"It's impressive," Head Coach Pepe Fernandez said. "There's some really good players in the conference. She looked like she was going to be that type of player that could score a lot of goals, and now, she's really getting herself in great position. Her teammates are putting great balls in on her, and she's scoring in big games. I think that she's really playing at peak performance right now."
Reagan has done just that. The sophomore from Tullahoma, Tenn. has quietly climbed the ranks, as she leads not only the Maryville College squad, but the USA South Athletic Conference in goals this season.
Reagan has tallied 16 goals – nearly one per contest – as she's notched four game-winners on the year.
Throw in two assists, and the quick-footed forward has 34 points for Maryville in their championship run.
"She's got such a good combination of skill and speed," Fernandez said. "If people pressure her, she can run out of trouble. She can also run by people. That combination is very tough to deal with as a defender."
Maryville ended the regular season with a matching 6-0-1 conference record with Piedmont after the two schools tied 2-all in the regular season. MC won a coin toss between the co-champions, earning the No. 1 seed in the USA South tournament.
Reagan made that possible, as Maryville defeated the third-place team on Wednesday, 2-0, at Covenant. She netted the second goal of the match after getting fouled in the box. The placed a penalty kick into the net for the win.
"She was electric," Fernandez said of her week. "She created the penalty kick and scored it against Covenant at Covenant. That was to knock off the third-place team and created a lot of good chances there. She started the game out against LaGrange for us. She really looks like she's coming into the peak part of her season, too."
Against LaGrange, Reagan completed the hat trick – MC's fourth of the 2017 season and 87th in program history – while adding an assist. She scored the game-winner of the match, as well.
Reagan scored the game-winner in the fourth minute of action off an assist from Lukas, before she netted her second goal just 1:27 later with an unassisted blast.
In the 22nd minute, she would assist Hannah Clothier for a 3-0 lead – Reagan having a hand in each goal.
Finally, she would complete the hat trick with a goal in the 64th minute on an Abbie Anderson assist, as Maryville would go on to win, 8-0.
With MC's rank in the USA South standings, the Scots earn a bye in the first round of the conference tournament. MC will host the second round matchup on Saturday, Oct. 28 at noon. The Orange and Garnet will face the winner of Wednesday's opening round battle between fifth-seeded Agnes Scott College and fourth-seeded Huntingdon College.