The draw for college soccer’s NCAA Men’s Tournament was unveiled Monday afternoon with a small band of Scots representing some of the 48 schools involved in the knockout competition to determine America’s national champion.
Former Aberdeen and Scotland goalkeeper Bobby Clark led the Notre Dame men’s program to its first NCAA championship last year with a 2-1 win over Maryland in the College Cup Final. The Fighting Irish has continued its success by winning this year’s Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title, widely regarded as the toughest division in the college game. Clark’s team earned the No. 1 seed and begins its defense Sunday night against either Akron or Ohio State.
Ex-Morton striker Lewis Hawke, the son of Cappielow legend Warren Hawke, netted a diving header for Furman on Sunday to clinch the Southern Conference Championship for the Greenville, South Carolina-based school. Furman travels to the University of Alabama at Birmingham for Thursday’s first-round contest with the winner going to Seattle at the weekend to play No. 14 seed Washington.
Jamie Clark, Bobby’s son, led Washington on a deep run in last year’s tournament, coming within 90 minutes of a first competitive meeting against his father before falling to New Mexico in the quarter-final. Washington finished third in this year’s Pacific 12 Conference with Mason Robertson, the son of former Aberdeen and Rangers defender David, grabbing seven goals and two assists in 18 games.
Former Liverpool and Inverness full-back John Scott steered Hartwick College to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2005 after the Hawks lifted the Sun Belt Conference’s regular-season and championship crowns. Hartwick’s reward is a trip to Penn State in Thursday’s first round with the winner progressing to No. 9 seed Syracuse on Sunday.
Inverkeithing’s Michael Scott featured in all 20 games as his University of Maryland, Baltimore County side won its second-straight “Double” of America East Conference regular-season and tournament. UMBC travels to Wake Forest for its first-round meeting with the winner going to No. 4 seed Maryland at the weekend.
Ex-Rangers and Scotland youth defender Jordan Wilson and his Kentucky side hosts Horizon League winner Oakland in Thursday’s first round with a trip to No. 3 seed Michigan State awaiting the winner.
This year’s College Cup will conclude with the semi-finals and final being held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina on Dec. 12 and 14.