A hat trick is supposed to be a rare accomplishment in soccer, but Amanda Simmons has made it routine.

Simmons, a 5-foot-2, 115-pound junior at Meade High School in Anne Arundel County, collected hat tricks in the Mustangs' first three games this season and has figured in all 12 Meade goals: scoring 10, assisting on two.

"She has the three major requirements to be a great soccer player," second-year coach John O'Neill said. "She has wheels -- she can really fly when she needs to. She has excellent skills. She has maturity -- she can sense where the ball is going to be and acts accordingly. She's almost two years ahead of the girls at her level."

Simmons, a center striker, has continued to improve in the goal-scoring category. After scoring 18 her freshman year, she had 24 as a sophomore, including a career-high five against Glen Burnie.

"I try to get more and more every year," Simmons said. "I don't have a special number."

As a sophomore she was named first-team all-county, Baltimore Sun All-Met and Met Life all-American.

"You run out of superlatives after a while," O'Neill said.

"Every game, she has competition," he said. "She has a {defensive} shadow, sometimes two. . . . She goes about her business. She's calm, confident, she never gets rattled."

Simmons, the co-captain of the 2-1 Mustangs, began the season by scoring all of Meade's goals in a 6-3 loss to Chesapeake on Sept. 14. She recorded another three goals in last Tuesday's 5-1 victory over Northeast.

Her third straight hat trick occurred Friday when she scored all of Meade's goals in a 4-3 victory against South River.

After scoring the go-ahead goal against South River, Simmons moved back to play a second sweeper position for the last three minutes.

"I do what I need to do to win," she said. "On the soccer field, I'm very intense. I hate to lose."