The number of Scots left in this year’s NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament has been whittled down to four after the completion of this weekend’s second round games.
Bobby Clark, his son Jamie, Mason Robertson and Michael Scott will take part in next Sunday’s round of 16 while Lewis Hawke’s involvement in the competition ended in penalty shootout heartache.
Former Aberdeen and Scotland goalkeeper Bobby Clark celebrated his 300th game in charge of Notre Dame with a 2-1 win over Ohio State at a waterlogged Alumni Stadium. The 69-year-old Glaswegian has led the Fighting Irish to 182 wins, 73 losses and 45 ties during his 14 years in South Bend, Indiana.
Notre Dame, the defending champion and No. 1 seed, hosts No. 16 Virginia in the third round. The teams met two weeks ago in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship quarter-final with Clark’s side running out 3-0 winners.
Jamie Clark led his University of Washington program into the last 16 with a penalty shootout triumph over Hawke’s Furman in Seattle. The teams tied 0-0 after two sudden-death overtime periods with Robertson unable to convert the few chances that came his way for Washington.
Both Scots missed their penalties during a tense shootout. Hawke struck the bar during the second round when he could have given Furman a 2-0 lead. Robertson came forward next and saw his effort saved. Furman missed the chance to progress with its fifth kick before the Huskies crept through by 6-5. Washington advances to face No. 3 seed Michigan State.
The result ended an impressive season for former Morton striker Hawke. The Kirkcaldy-born forward led Furman’s attack with nine goals including the game-winner to clinch the Southern Conference Tournament title.
Former Livingston Under-19 forward Scott and his University of Maryland, Baltimore County team stretched its unbeaten run to eight games with a magnificent 1-0 derby win at the No. 4 seed Maryland.
The Free State rivals had tied 0-0 at Maryland’s College Park earlier in the season before last year’s College Cup runner-up rediscovered its best form to lift the Big Ten Conference regular-season and tournament titles. Still, Scott’s UMBC advanced via a Malcolm Harris goal with 20 minutes remaining.
America East Conference champions UMBC travel to No. 13 seed Louisville next Sunday.
Nov. 20, 2014 — Mixed Fortunes As Men’s NCAA Tournament Begins