Frizen's hat trick, assist earn Tennessee Sports Writers Player of the Week

Frizen's hat trick, assist earn Tennessee Sports Writers Player of the Week

Maryville College's Taylor Frizen was named the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week, as the sophomore led the Scots to a 7-0 win over Wesleyan College (Ga.) last week.

Frizen – a Knoxville, Tenn. native – tallied her first collegiate hat trick and her second multi-goal game on Saturday, as she aided MC in keeping their USA South Athletic Conference record unblemished.

"It was good," Head Coach Pepe Fernandez said. "You know, coming in, the million-dollar question was, 'How do we replace Bailey [Sipos]?' She's not the same type of player as Bailey, but not only did she get around the corner with more speed than we've had in a while, but she came out and scored a goal on Saturday that was really similar to what Bailey would score – the really long-range shot."

The Scots defeated the Wolves by a score of 7-0 on Saturday, as they posted a win over Berea College on Tuesday night. Thus far, MC has outscored USA South foes by a score of 14-0.

Frizen added an assist to her three-goal night, as both she and Shannon Reagan have led the squad in goals.

Following Saturday's match – one where Reagan added a brace – the duo was tied atop the USA South Athletic Conference leaderboard with seven goals each.

Frizen even assisted the senior on a goal late in the match.

"I just think it's really interesting how her and Shannon are going back and forth for leading scorer in the conference," Fernandez said. "They're still looking for each other on assists. I thought her assist to Shannon was just really good. It was really unselfish. She could have had a fourth goal, and she saw Shannon standing wide open in the middle of the goal. She slid the ball right across to her."

Reagan added a hat trick in last night's victory with a pair of assists to take the lead in the USA South over Frizen.

Frizen scored the eventual game winner in the sixth minute of competition. She collected a pass from Lexi Hill, as she left-footed it into the bottom left of the net. The Scots led 1-0 at the 5:33 mark.

Frizen added her second goal just more than seven minutes later. Jenna Clothier found Hill in the middle of the box, as Hill's shot was deflected. Frizen gathered the rebound, blasting it into the middle of the net. She gave Maryville a 2-0 lead at 13:18.

The Bearden High product passed up her hat trick opportunity early in the second half. She found a wide open Reagan from the right side of the box, as Reagan right-footed it into the left corner for a 5-nil Scots' advantage.

Frizen secured the hat trick in the 67th minute, as Reagan returned the favor. The senior crossed the ball from the left side, as Frizen one-touched it into the lower right for the 7-0 victory.

On the season, Frizen has seven goals and one assists. The sophomore has 15 points, as she holds 22 shots on goal.

The 5-foot-4 forward holds a .579 shots-on-goal percentage, with one career game-winning goal.

"We needed it," Fernandez said of the sophomore stepping up. "We lost our biggest offensive production from last season, and we needed somebody to step up. She's been very, very good."

Frizen will lead the Scots this weekend, as they travel to Piedmont College for a USA South Tournament Championship rematch. First touch is slated 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4.