Stateside Scots Round-Up: Bobby Clark Leads Notre Dame To ACC Title

Written by Ian Thomson

Former Aberdeen and Scotland goalkeeper Bobby Clark led his Notre Dame side to its second consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title Saturday with a 4-1 win at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Fighting Irish had to settle for a share of last season’s award after finishing level with Maryland. The two teams then met in last December’s NCAA College Cup Final. Clark landed Notre Dame’s first men’s soccer national championship after a 2-1 win.

This year’s ACC standings ended with the Irish three points clear of its nearest challengers with a 6-1-1 record in conference play (six wins, one loss, one tie). Notre Dame earns the No. 1 seed for the conference’s playoff tournament and will host either Virginia or Virginia Tech in Sunday’s quarter-final.

Other news from Stateside Scots this week:

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Major League Soccer

Former Elgin City midfielder Adam Moffat is the only Scottish player involved in this year’s MLS playoffs after Steven Caldwell, Andrew Driver and Calum Mallace failed to make the cut with Toronto F.C., Houston Dynamo and Montreal Impact respectively.

Moffat’s F.C. Dallas beat the Vancouver Whitecaps in a wildcard game between the fourth- and fifth-placed teams in the Western Conference last Wednesday to progress to a two-legged series with the Seattle Sounders.

A recurring hamstring injury sidelined Moffat as Dallas was held to a 1-1 tie in Sunday’s first leg in Texas. The return game in Seattle takes place next Monday night.

Meanwhile, former Scotland national team boss Andy Roxburgh and his New York Red Bulls ousted reigning MLS champion Sporting Kansas City in the Eastern Conference wildcard game to set up a two-legged meeting with D.C. United.

Thierry Henry had a hand in both goals as the Red Bulls built a 2-0 lead for the return game at D.C.’s RFK Stadium this Saturday.

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North American Soccer League

Scottish involvement in the NASL ended this weekend as the playoff finalists were confirmed.

Carolina RailHawks assistant coach Greg Shields saw his side finish in fifth place, two points short of the final playoff spot. The RailHawks were held to a 2-2 tie with spring season champion Minnesota United in a game they needed to win.

Former Hearts defender Colin Miller led his F.C. Edmonton team to sixth place, one point behind Carolina, with a 2-1 win over the Atlanta Silverbacks.

Two Scottish assistant coaches locked horns in Tampa Bay. Former Grimsby Town and Bristol Rovers midfielder Stuart Campbell and his Rowdies tied 2-2 with Paul Telfer’s Indy Eleven.

Across Florida, former Hamilton Accies midfielder Nicki Paterson grabbed the Ottawa Fury’s goal as the expansion side ended its first professional season with a 1-1 tie at the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

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College Soccer – Men’s Division I

Former Rangers and Scotland youth defender Jordan Wilson will compete for the Conference USA regular-season title this Friday after his No. 16 ranked Kentucky side beat Florida International at the weekend. The Wildcats (10-3-4 overall, 5-0-2 C-USA) need a tie against second-placed Charlotte in the final game.

Ex-Livingston U-19 forward Michael Scott cut in from the left corner of the 18-yard box before blasting the opening goal in UMBC’s 5-1 win over Vermont. The result secured at least a half-share of the America East Conference regular season title for the Retrievers and the No. 1 seed in the conference’s playoff tournament.

Glaswegian Michael Tuohy played his last collegiate level game in Pittsburgh’s 4-1 loss to Notre Dame. The 21-year-old midfielder was credited with Pitt’s goal when his late inswinging corner swirled over the goal line with the help of a strong wind and miscued defensive clearance. The Panthers ended a difficult year with a 4-9-4 record (0-6-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference). North Berwick’s Hamish Law closed out his first season in Pittsburgh with 78 minutes against the defending national champions.

Sam Bell’s Western Michigan lost its top spot in the Mid-American Conference standings with an overtime loss at Bowling Green. Perennial MAC champion Akron moved into first place with a win at Chris Paton’s Northern Illinois.

Galashiels native Marc Berry and Glaswegian defender Ross MacKinnon were on target for Hartwick College in a 5-2 loss at Maryland in non-conference play. Former Liverpool and Inverness full-back John Scott can lead his side to the Sun Belt Conference’s regular season title this Saturday with a win over Howard.

Stetson retained its top spot in the Atlantic Sun Conference despite falling to an overtime loss against Northern Kentucky. Linlithgow’s Ross Morison made a substitute appearance for the DeLand, Florida-based school. The Hatters have completed their schedule and await this weekend’s results to see if either Lipscomb or Florida Gulf Coast University can surpass their points tally.

Michael Hutcheon’s Radford secured at least a share of the Big South Conference regular season championship with a 1-0 win over Coastal Carolina, its first league title since 1998. The senior defender from Forfar is one of seven players that will be honored Wednesday when the Highlanders (11-3-2 overall, 8-0-0 BSC) host Winthrop.

Alan Duff’s Binghamton qualified for the America East Conference tournament with a 5-1 win over Stony Brook. The Tain native was one of 10 graduating senior players honored by the Bearcats in a pre-game ceremony.

Christian McKenna’s Northeastern ended its Colonial Athletic Association regular-season schedule with a 2-1 overtime win over James Madison to finish fifth in the standings. The Boston-based Huskies (7-10-1 overall, 4-3-1 CAA) travel to Elon in North Carolina for this weekend’s tournament quarter-final.

Cal State Bakersfield ended its four-game losing streak with a 2-1 comeback win at Western Athletic Conference leader University of Nevada, Las Vegas. West Lothian’s Simon Doherty sparked the turnaround with an assist on the equalizing goal. Sunday’s 1-1 tie at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix left CSUB (9-6-2 overall, 3-4-1 WAC) in the sixth and final conference tournament spot going into the final weekend of regular-season play.

Kieran Toland’s St. Bonaventure slumped to its seventh Atlantic 10 Conference defeat in seven games against Saint Joseph’s.

A home loss against Wofford left Lewis Hawke’s Furman with the No. 3 seed going into this week’s Southern Conference tournament.

University of Washington head coach Jamie Clark and forward Mason Robertson enjoyed a rest week ahead of the Huskies’ remaining Pacific 12 Conference games. The Seattle-based school trails leaders and No. 1 ranked UCLA by three points with three games remaining.

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College Soccer – Women’s Division I

Former Celtic and Scotland youth forward Lois Heuchan made a substitute appearance as Kansas ended its Big 12 Conference regular season with a 1-0 loss at Oklahoma. That result earned the Jayhawks the No. 3 seed for this week’s Big 12 Championship to be held in Kansas City. The Castle Douglas native has a chance for revenge against No. 6 seed Oklahoma in Wednesday night’s quarter-final.

Penicuik native Claire Emslie saw her season end in defeat as Florida Atlantic lost in overtime at Conference USA rival Louisiana Tech. The Owls finished the season with a 7-9-4 record overall (2-5-3 in C-USA) with former Scotland youth forward Emslie leading the team with five goals.

Banchory’s Catherine Thomson came off the bench as Delta State won on the road at Union University. The Lady Statesmen closed out the season Sunday with a 1-0 overtime loss at North Alabama to end the campaign with a 3-12-2 record overall, 1-10-1 in the Gulf South Conference.

 

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