Stateside Scots Round-Up: John Scott Leads Hartwick College To Conference Title

Written by Ian Thomson

Former Liverpool and Inverness full-back John Scott led his Hartwick College team to the Sun Belt Conference regular season title at the first attempt after the school’s transfer from the Mid-American Conference.

Hartwick secured the crown with a 5-0 thumping of Howard that featured two goals and an assist from Galashiels native Marc Berry.

Scott has assembled a Caledonian outpost in Oneonta, New York with his countrymen Ross MacKinnon, Marc Russell, Jamie O’Grady, Liam Watt and Hayden Hollinger each contributing to Hartwick’s success.

The ‘Wick travels to Georgia for this weekend’s Sun Belt Conference Championship.

Other news from Stateside Scots this week:

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Major League Soccer

Former Elgin City midfielder Adam Moffat and his F.C. Dallas teammates visit the Seattle Sounders Monday night in the second leg of their Western Conference semi-final with the score tied at 1-1. Glaswegian Moffat missed the first leg with a hamstring injury.

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College Soccer – Men’s Division I

Ex-Rangers and Scotland youth defender Jordan Wilson suffered final-day agony as his Kentucky team, ranked No. 13 in the national coaches’ poll, missed out on lifting the Conference USA title. Almost 1,600 fans turned up in Lexington hoping for the win or draw required by the Wildcats to secure the crown. Visiting Charlotte battled from a goal behind to sneak the honors after a 2-1 win.

Bobby Clark’s Notre Dame (11 wins, 4 losses, 3 ties on the season) thumped Virginia 3-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship quarter-final Sunday. The Fighting Irish, ranked No. 4 in the nation, will face Clemson in Friday’s semi-final to be played in Cary, North Carolina with the winner meeting either Syracuse or Louisville in Sunday’s final.

Jamie Clark’s No. 3 ranked University of Washington fell to a 2-0 loss at his alma mater Stanford after Mason Robertson’s early header struck a post. The son of former Aberdeen and Rangers defender David Robertson notched his seventh goal of the season and added an assist during Sunday’s 3-2 win at Pacific 12 Conference rival California. Washington (12-4-1 overall, 5-3-1 in Pac-12) remains in a three-way battle for the conference title going into the final weekend of play.

Former Livingston U-19 forward Michael Scott won a second straight America East Conference regular-season title after his UMBC team won its final game at Stony Brook. The Baltimore-based Retrievers enter tournament play with a 10-5-3 record overall (6-0-1 in AE play) and a 23-game unbeaten run against conference opponents. UMBC hosts Vermont in the America East Championship semi-final on Wednesday evening.

Scott could potentially meet one of his countrymen in the America East Championship final after Alan Duff’s Binghamton defeated Stony Brook in a quarter-final penalty shootout to set up a semi-final trip to Hartford.

Senior forward Ross Morison was honored by his Stetson program prior to its final regular-season game against Florida Atlantic last Tuesday. The Linlithgow native marked the occasion with an assist in the Hatters’ 4-0 win. Morison’s collegiate career ends after this week’s Atlantic Sun Conference Championship in Nashville, Tennessee. Stetson starts its title bid Wednesday in a quarter-final meeting with Northern Kentucky.

Former Celtic youth forward Christian McKenna came off the bench during Northeastern’s 2-0 win at Elon in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament’s quarter-final. The Boston-based Huskies next travel to Delaware for Friday’s semi-final meeting.

Former Cowdenbeath and Stirling Albion youth forward Simon Doherty will be part of this weekend’s Western Athletic Conference tournament after his Cal State Bakersfield side clung onto the sixth and final playoff spot with a loss and a tie over the weekend. The Roadrunners meet Utah Valley in Thursday’s quarter-final.

Renfrewshire’s Lewis Hawke played in Furman’s 1-0 win over the Virginia Military Institute in the first round of the Southern Conference tournament. The Paladins (10-5-3 overall) travel to Greensboro, North Carolina for this Friday’s semi-final meeting against Wofford.

Paisley’s Kieran Toland played the full 90 minutes as St. Bonaventure closed out a disappointing year with an eighth Atlantic 10 Conference defeat in eight games against the University of Massachusetts. The Bonnies ended the season with a 1-15 record.

Michael Hutcheon’s Radford ended its Big South Conference regular season campaign in defeat against Winthrop. Results elsewhere meant that the Highlanders (11-4-2 overall, 8-1-0 in BSC) clinched the title in any case. Top-seeded Radford hosts Campbell on Tuesday night in the conference championship quarter-final.

Prestwick native Sam Bell and his Western Michigan side faces top-seed Akron in the Mid-American Conference tournament semi-final Friday after ending the regular season with a 2-1 loss against runner-up West Virginia.

Spencer Brown’s IPFW enjoyed a rest week ahead of its Summit League Championship to be played in Denver this weekend. The Mastadons (6-8-4 overall, 3-3-0 Summit) meet the hosts in Friday’s semi-final.

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College Soccer – Women’s Division I

Once-capped Scotland forward Claire Emslie was named to the Conference USA second team for the second straight year after leading Florida Atlantic’s attack with five goals and three assists. The Penicuik native moved to seventh on the Owls’ all-time top scorers’ list with 22 goals in three seasons. Emslie needs six more in her senior year to match the school’s record.

First-year forward Lois Heuchan and her Kansas side, ranked No. 18 in the national coaches’ poll, were eliminated from the Big 12 Conference Championship at the quarter-final stage after a 2-1 loss against Oklahoma. The former Celtic and Scotland youth player made a 25-minute appearance from the substitutes’ bench. Kansas finished third in the Big 12 regular season standings and now faces an anxious wait to discover if its 15-5-0 record is good enough to earn a place in the 64-team NCAA national knockout tournament.

Bonnyrigg native Hannah Scott and her Mississippi Valley State side saw its season end with a 4-11-3 record after losing to Alabama State in the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament quarter-final.


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