The Clark Family traded places at the top of the college game again this past week.
Former Aberdeen and Scotland goalkeeper Bobby Clark saw his Notre Dame side displace his son Jamie’s University of Washington from the No. 1 spot in the weekly National Soccer Coaches Association of America rankings.
Notre Dame subsequently slipped to a single-goal loss at No. 8 ranked Indiana last Wednesday before bouncing back at the weekend with a win over Virginia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Fighting Irish leads college soccer’s toughest conference going into this weekend’s final round of regular-season games.
Jamie Clark’s No. 4 ranked Washington lost at home against No. 6 UCLA in midweek to also relinquish its place at the top of the Pacific-12 Conference. Sunday’s win over San Diego State kept the Seattle-based school within three points of UCLA.
Other news from Stateside Scots this week:
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Major League Soccer
Former Scotland defender Steven Caldwell could not prevent his Toronto F.C. franchise from slipping to a 1-0 defeat at the New England Revolution in the Reds’ final game of the season. Toronto spent heavily in the winter to lure Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley to MLS, yet Caldwell’s side missed the playoffs by eight points.
Houston Dynamo’s season also ended in defeat on the road. The Orange fell 2-1 at Chicago Fire in Glasgow-born Dominic Kinnear’s last game as Houston head coach. Former Hearts winger Andrew Driver made a cameo appearance off the substitutes’ bench in the closing minutes.
West Lothian-born midfielder Calum Mallace picked up a booking as the Montreal Impact ended its disappointing campaign with a 1-1 tie against D.C. United. Montreal finished the season with fewer points than any other MLS franchise.
One Scot that will be involved in the MLS playoffs is former Elgin City midfielder Adam Moffat. The Glaswegian’s F.C. Dallas franchise lost its final regular-season game against the Portland Timbers to finish fourth in the Western Conference. Dallas hosts the Vancouver Whitecaps in Wednesday’s wildcard game to determine which team advances to a two-legged series with the Seattle Sounders.
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North American Soccer League
Greg Shields’ Carolina RailHawks picked up a 2-0 win at the Atlanta Silverbacks, sealed by Nacho Novo’s second-half goal, to stay in contention for one of the NASL’s four playoff places. Carolina sits two points behind the Fort Lauderdale Strikers going into this weekend’s final round of games.
Fort Lauderdale remained in fourth spot courtesy of a 1-0 win over F.C. Edmonton. The defeat eliminated Colin Miller’s side from playoff contention.
Former Hamilton Accies midfielder Nicki Paterson played for the first hour of Ottawa Fury’s 2-1 home loss against Paul Telfer’s Indy Eleven.
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College Soccer – Men’s Division I
Auchterarder’s Jordan Wilson was involved in a thrilling contest as his Kentucky side beat South Carolina by 4-3 courtesy of a golden goal deep into overtime. The win put the Wildcats into first place in the Conference USA standings.
Simon Doherty’s Cal State Bakersfield continued its slump with a 2-0 loss at San Jose State that drops the Roadrunners to a 2-4 record in the Western Athletic Conference after winning its opening two games.
Former Liverpool and Inverness full-back John Scott led his Hartwick College side to the top of the Sun Belt Conference with one game remaining. The Hawks came from behind to win 2-1 at Georgia State with Glaswegian midfielder Marc Russell creating the equalizing goal. Fellow Scots Ross MacKinnon, Hayden Hollinger and Jamie O’Grady also featured in Hartwick’s starting line-up.
Inverkeithing’s Michael Scott helped his Baltimore-based UMBC team to a 2-0 win over New Hampshire that extended the Retrievers’ unbeaten streak in America East Conference play to 20 games. UMBC sits joint top of the division with a game in hand.
Sam Bell’s Western Michigan caused a shock by winning at perennial powerhouse Akron to go top of the Mid-American Conference. However, the second-year midfielder from Prestwick did not play a role in the upset.
Central Florida-based Stetson moved to the top of the Atlantic Sun Conference with a 1-0 win over Jacksonville. Linlithgow’s Ross Morison made a substitute appearance for the Hatters.
Pittsburgh’s winless streak in the ACC extended to 18 games after Friday’s defeat at Duke in North Carolina. Michael Tuohy and Hamish Law close out their season Saturday when Pitt hosts reigning national champions Notre Dame.
Michael Hutcheon’s Radford improved to a 7-0 record at the top of the Big South Conference with a 2-1 win over Gardner-Webb on Saturday. The defender from Forfar missed that game after appearing as a substitute in the midweek loss to state rival Virginia in non-conference action.
Former Morton youth forward Lewis Hawke started for Furman as the Paladins defeated East Tennessee State in Southern Conference play.
Spencer Brown’s IPFW dropped to a 4-8-2 record this year with consecutive losses against Wright State and Eastern Illinois.
Paisley native Kieran Toland suffered back-to-back single-goal losses in the Atlantic 10 Conference as the midfielder’s St. Bonaventure team extended its losing run to seven games.
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College Soccer – Women’s Division I
Once-capped Scotland national team forward Claire Emslie scored her fifth goal of the season in Florida Atlantic’s 2-1 loss at the University of Texas at El Paso. The Conference USA side also picked up a point at the University of Texas at San Antonio to round out the weekend.
Former Celtic and Scotland youth forward Lois Heuchan came off the bench as Kansas beat Iowa State to move into second place in the Big 12 Conference.
Banchory’s Catherine Thomson made a couple of substitute appearances as her Delta State side fell to the University of West Florida and tied with Alabama’s Spring Hill College in the Gulf South Conference.
Oct. 20, 2014 — Stateside Scots Round-Up: Kinnear Leaves Houston For Home