Labor Day Weekend unofficially marks the end of the summer in the United States. It also marks a ramping up in the college soccer calendar as schools edge toward the start of formal conference play.
Notre Dame, the 2013 men’s national champion, begins its Atlantic Coast Conference slate this Friday night against Virginia Tech. Bobby Clark’s No. 4 ranked side justified its high seeding last week with two impressive showings against tough opponents at the Adidas/IU Credit Union Classic tournament in Bloomington, Indiana.
Brandon Aubrey’s stunning free kick sealed a 2-1 win in overtime against No. 15 Stanford last Friday before the Fighting Irish demolished No. 22 California on Sunday.
Clark’s side took 38 seconds to beat California goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann, the son of U.S. national team head coach Jurgen, en route to a 5-0 win.
College Soccer – Men’s Division I
Mason Robertson, the son of former Aberdeen and Rangers defender David, netted the University of Washington’s equalizer in a 2-1 win over St. Mary’s last Thursday to get back on track after an injury-ravaged 2015 season.
“When he’s healthy he’s one of the best attacking players in the country,” said Huskies head coach Jamie Clark, the son of Notre Dame coach Bobby, in a school release. “He’s just now getting his feet back under him.”
Robertson’s great form continued into Sunday. He scored twice in Washington’s 4-2 win over Oral Roberts.
Falkirk native James O’Grady scored a hat trick as John Scott’s Hartwick College cruised to a 4-0 win in Pittsburgh against Robert Morris University. Aboyne’s Hamish Ritchie was involved in the build-up to the opening goal on four minutes with Paisley midfielder Jack Donaldson assisting on O’Grady’s third goal. Edinburgh’s Cameron Paton completed the scoring with his first collegiate goal.
Former Rangers and Scotland youth defender Jordan Wilson and his No. 17 ranked Kentucky side were held to a 1-1 draw by Ivy League Dartmouth.
Adam Wilson, Jordan’s brother, recorded an assist in Cincinnati’s 2-1 overtime defeat to Wright State. The Auchterarder native struck the post with a late free kick on Sunday as Cincy fell to a single-goal loss against Pennsylvania’s Saint Francis University.
Former Ross County and Inverness Caledonian Thistle youth midfielder Duncan Corbett made a substitute appearance for Saint Louis in its 1-1 draw against Tulsa.
Second-year midfielder Ciaran McKenna helped Duke to an upset 1-0 win over No. 9 ranked UCLA in Los Angeles on Friday night.
Cal State Northridge had a mixed holiday weekend with a 2-1 win over Air Force following a 2-0 loss at New Mexico. Aberdonian defender Stuart Close appeared as a substitute in both games for the Matadors.
Former Hibernian youth forward Max Todd set up Illinois-Chicago’s goal after 31 seconds against Marquette last Friday before the visitors stormed back to win 4-1 in Chicago. Todd’s side dropped to an 0-3-1 record on Sunday after a narrow 2-1 defeat to No. 13 ranked Denver.
Paisley native James Hamilton earned his first win as head coach of Iona College as the Gaels beat Drexel by 2-1 on Saturday.
Christian McKenna’s Northeastern traveled to Philadelphia for the weekend. The Huskies beat Saint Joseph’s by 1-0 on Friday before suffering a 3-0 reverse at Temple on Sunday.
Dunfermline native Jamie Cleland made five saves as his Saint Peter’s side (0-2-1) avoided defeat for the first time this season in a 1-1 draw at Massachusetts.
College Soccer – Women’s Division I
Former Celtic and Scotland youth forward Lois Heuchan helped Kansas to a 2-1 win over Valparaiso that lifted the Jayhawks to a 3-2-1 record.
Old Dominion improved to 2-4-0 on the season after Sunday’s 5-1 win over East Carolina featuring Dalry’s Kathryn Hill.
Emily McKerlie’s East Tennessee State was edged out in a 7-goal thriller at Davidson last Thursday. The Buccaneers slipped to 2-3-0 on the season Sunday after a 3-0 loss in West Virginia against Marshall.
North American Soccer League
Former Elgin City midfielder Adam Moffat made a substitute appearance as the New York Cosmos thrashed top-of-the-table rival Indy Eleven 3-0 last Wednesday to stay ahead in the NASL’s Fall Season and overall standings. Moffat returned to the starting line-up on Saturday night as the Cosmos picked up another point in a scoreless draw at the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
F.C. Edmonton can overhaul the Cosmos by winning its two games in hand. Colin Miller’s side recovered from a two-goal deficit at halftime to grab a point at Paul Dalglish’s Ottawa Fury on Friday night.
Former Scotland Under-19 midfielder Jack Blake came off the bench for Minnesota United in a 1-0 win over Rayo OKC that keeps the Major League Soccer-bound organization in good shape for a playoff spot.
United Soccer League
Former Scotland Under-21 midfielder Kevin Kerr and goalkeeper Mark Ridgers squared off as the lowly Pittsburgh Riverhounds traveled to Orlando City B. Kerr set up both goals in a 2-0 win that maintained Pittsburgh’s mathematical chance of reaching the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Orlando holds the eighth and final playoff spot with a 5-point gap over three chasing teams. Former Hamilton Accies and Queen of the South defender Tom Parratt and his Wilmington Hammerheads teammates will look to close in with victory over the Floridians this Wednesday night.
National Women’s Soccer League
Kim Little helped the Seattle Reign to a 2-2 draw at Chicago Red Stars that keeps the two-time NWSL Shield winners in contention for one of this year’s four playoff places. Seattle travels to the table-topping Washington Spirit on Wednesday night with a 4-point deficit on fourth-placed Western New York Flash with five games remaining.
Little’s teammate Rachel Corsie missed the road trip as she recovers from a left meniscus tear.
College Soccer – Men’s Division II
Inverness native Liam Watt helped Franklin Pierce to a 5-2 win over the University of Bridgeport in its season opener on Saturday.
College Soccer – Women’s Division II
Banchory’s Catherine Thomson set up the first goal as Cleveland, Mississippi-based Delta State began its season with a 4-0 win over Millsaps College.