Stateside Scots | Women Begin 2016 College Season

Written by Ian Thomson

Women’s Division I college soccer in the United States returned to competitive action this weekend with a clutch of Scottish girls involved.

Scotland was also well represented on the men’s side of the college game as teams finalize their preparations in advance of this week’s season openers.

The Soccer Observer will be providing regular updates on Scottish student-athletes as the season progresses toward the national championships in December while keeping tabs on those involved in America’s professional leagues.

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College Soccer – Women’s Division I

Dumfries native Emily McKerlie was selected to the Southern Conference’s preseason select team after being named to the All-Freshman team in her college debut last year. The defender helped her East Tennessee State team to a 1-0 win against USC Upstate on Friday night.

Former Rangers Ladies midfielder Kathryn Hill scored to bring Old Dominion back to level terms against Richmond on Sunday before the Monarchs sealed a late 2-1 win.

Lois Heuchan started in Kansas’ 1-0 win over Marquette on Sunday evening. The former Celtic and Scotland youth forward from Castle Douglas also came off the bench in Friday’s 2-1 loss to Minnesota in the Jayhawks’ season opener.

Livingston’s Mhairi Fyfe appeared as a substitute in Louisville’s 4-0 win over Indiana State on Sunday after sitting out the Cardinals’ 1-1 tie at Indiana in their opening game.


College Soccer – Men’s Division I

Troon midfielder Sean MacLeod, the grandson of former Scotland manager Ally MacLeod, grabbed an early goal for Notre Dame’s fringe players in a 2-1 win at Illinois-based Bradley on Wednesday. Bobby Clark’s Fighting Irish, ranked No. 9 in the country according to the official preseason poll of coaches, dropped the following first-team contest by a single goal.

Jamie Clark, Bobby’s son, saw his University of Washington side fall to a 1-0 loss in his return to New Mexico. Clark was the assistant coach at the Albuquerque-based school from 2002 to 2005 before joining his father’s coaching staff at Notre Dame for a short stint.

Lewis Hawke, the son of former Morton forward Warren and a former youth player at the Cappielow club, was on target twice in the opening 20 minutes for Furman in Saturday’s clash with Spartanburg Methodist. Thunder and lighting forced the cancellation of the game at halftime with Hawke’s side leading 3-1.

Former Liverpool and Inverness Caledonian Thistle full-back John Scott boasts nine fellow Scots on his Hartwick College roster this year. The two-time defending Sun Belt Conference champions traveled to Niagara Falls last Wednesday and clocked up a 2-0 win over Niagara with Glaswegian midfielder Johnny McBeth supplying the cross for Marc Berry’s opener. Paisley’s Jack Donaldson notched an assist on Hartwick’s second goal. Jamie O’Grady, the top scorer in last year’s Sun Belt Conference, netted twice in Sunday’s 6-1 thrashing of American International College with Donaldson and Berry also on target.

Ben Davidson and his South Carolina teammates faced a busy week with three preseason games. The No. 24 ranked Gamecocks held hosts North Carolina to a 1-1 tie on Monday with the Aberdonian defender entering play as a late substitute. Davidson came off the bench again in Thursday’s 3-2 win over Winthrop and Sunday’s 2-0 loss at state rival College of Charleston.

Former Celtic youth midfielder Ciaran McKenna started in Duke’s 0-0 tie with Georgetown last Tuesday before featuring as a second-half substitute in Friday’s 2-2 tie with Atlantic Coast Conference rival Clemson.

Glaswegian midfielder Bradley Mulvey and Aberdonian defender Stuart Close both appeared as substitutes in Cal State Northridge’s stalemate with San Diego State on Sunday night.

Illinois-Chicago were held scoreless at IUPUI and fell to a 3-1 loss against Loyola Chicago despite the best efforts of former Hibernian and Scotland youth forward Max Todd.

Former Ross County and Inverness Caledonian Thistle youth midfielder Duncan Corbett helped Saint Louis to a 2-1 win over the University of Missouri—Kansas City and a scoreless tie with Missouri’s Jefferson College.

Glaswegian midfielder Spencer Brown helped his IPFW side to a 4-0 win over Indiana Tech and a scoreless tie with Wright State.


North American Soccer League

Former St. Johnstone and Hearts defender Colin Miller led his F.C. Edmonton side to a narrow 1-0 win at the Tampa Bay Rowdies that put the Canadians at the top of the NASL’s fall season and combined standings. Tampa’s veteran defender Neill Collins left the game early in the first half with an injury.

Indy Eleven slipped from top spot after a 3-2 loss at the Carolina RailHawks that saw former Hamilton Accies and Clyde midfielder Nicki Paterson entering the game late in the second half.

Adam Moffat’s New York Cosmos lie two points behind Edmonton in the fall standings and one point overall. The Glaswegian midfielder missed the Cosmos’ 2-1 win at Puerto Rico through suspension.

Ottawa Fury’s struggles under first-year head coach Paul Dalglish continued with a 3-1 loss at the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Ottawa sits 10th out of 12 teams in the NASL’s Fall Season standings.


United Soccer League

Former St. Mirren goalkeeper Mark Ridgers helped Orlando City B to a 1-1 tie with the Richmond Kickers. Orlando’s reserves maintain a hold on the Eastern Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot with six games remaining.

Kevin Kerr’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds slumped to last place overall after a 3-0 defeat at Rochester Rhinos.