Stateside Scots | Caledonians Close in on America’s Playoffs

Written by Ian Thomson

Professional leagues in the United States are nearing the end of their regular-season phase with teams approaching the final push to earn playoff spots.

A clutch of Scots men and women remain involved in the chase for championships at the pro level, while Scottish student athletes continue their path through the fall college season.

North American Soccer League

Former Elgin City midfielder Adam Moffat played the full 90 minutes as the New York Cosmos defeated Minnesota United by 1-0 to retain a comfortable cushion at the top of the NASL’s Fall Season and combined standings.

Colin Miller’s F.C. Edmonton lost ground on the Cosmos after a 2-0 home loss to fast improving Miami F.C.

United Soccer League

Inverness-born defender Tom Parratt saw his hopes of reaching the USL playoffs stay alive as his Wilmington Hammerheads won 3-0 against Mark Ridgers’ Orlando City B to close within two points of the MLS reserve team in the Eastern Conference standings with two games remaining.

National Women’s Soccer League

Scotland national team players Kim Little and Rachel Corsie could still feature in the postseason after their Seattle Reign franchise beat league-leading Washington Spirit on Sunday to close within two points of the fourth and final playoff spot with three games left.

College Soccer – Men’s Division I

Bobby Clark’s Notre Dame jumped to No. 1 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s weekly ranking last Tuesday. The former Aberdeen and Scotland goalkeeper saw his team (5 wins, 0 losses, 0 ties) justify its position with a 4-1 win over No. 15 ranked Virginia Tech on the opening night of Atlantic Coast Conference play.

Two Scottish seniors went head-to-head in South Carolina on Saturday night as former Rangers and Scotland youth defender Jordan Wilson and his No. 16 ranked Kentucky side (3-1-1) fell to their first defeat of the year at Furman. Ex-Greenock Morton forward Lewis Hawke netted the game’s only goal on 35 minutes to lift his team to 3-1-1 on the year.

Adam Wilson, Jordan’s brother, set up the opening goal for Cincinnati during Friday night’s contest against Xavier. The Bearcats doubled their lead early in the second half before slumping to a 4-2 defeat that dropped them to a 1-3-0 record this year.

Former Celtic youth midfielder Ciaran McKenna played 51 minutes as Duke (2-1-1) lost out 1-0 at No. 25 ranked Boston College in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener.

Inverness native Duncan Corbett played 76 minutes as Saint Louis (1-1-2) tied 1-1 with Marquette in non-conference play.

Mason Robertson was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week last Wednesday after netting three goals in two games over the prior weekend for Jamie Clark’s University of Washington. The Huskies moved to a 3-2-0 record this weekend. Clark saw his team lose to a single goal at Harvard, the site of his first head coaching post, after winning 1-0 at Dartmouth last Thursday.

Dangerous set pieces from Edinburgh’s Max Todd paid off for Illinois-Chicago (1-3-1) in its Horizon League opener against Milwaukee. The game’s only goal came from Todd’s corner kick on 37 minutes.

A torn hamstring has interrupted James O’Grady’s impressive start to the season after the senior midfielder from Falkirk netted three goals and contributed two assists in Hartwick College’s first three games of the season. John Scott’s Hartwick side still look set to lift the Mayor’s Cup on Saturday when Aboyne’s Hamish Ritchie scored in the first half. St. Francis leveled late in the game to force penalty kicks with Marc Berry’s decisive miss sending the trophy to Brooklyn.

Dunfermline’s Jamie Cleland made a career high of 14 saves as his Saint Peter’s University team lost out 4-3 in overtime in a thrilling contest against La Salle.

Senior midfielder Spencer Brown helped IPFW to a 3-3-0 record on the year as the Mastadons beat Bradley last Friday in the Evansville Tournament before losing to the hosts on Sunday.

Less than five seconds remained in George Washington University’s scoreless clash with Navy in Washington, D.C. when Castle Douglas native Alastair Berry’s corner kick was headed home to give GWU (2-1-2) a deserved win.

College Soccer – Women’s Division I

Former Celtic and Scotland youth forward Lois Heuchan made a couple of starts for Kansas as the Big 12 Conference school moved to a 5-2-1 season record with wins against Pittsburgh and University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Kathryn Hill’s set-up allowed Old Dominion (2-5-0) to end Wake Forest’s 502-minute stretch without conceding a goal before the undefeated Wake recovered with three goals to reel off a seventh straight win this year.

First-year Glaswegian forward Carla Jackson started her first collegiate game as Central Connecticut State (2-6-0) edged a single-goal win over Colgate in overtime.

Former Scotland youth forward Emily McKerlie supplied the cross to open the scoring for East Tennessee State (3-3-1) in Sunday’s 1-1 tie with state rival Tennessee Tech.

College Soccer – Men’s Division II

Liam Watt’s Franklin Pierce moved to a 2-0-0 record with a 3-2 overtime win against Molloy that saw the former Brora Rangers and Inverness Caledonian Thistle youngster lining up in midfield.

College Soccer – Women’s Division II

Banchory’s Catherine Thomson scored her first goal of the season as Delta State (2-1-0) crushed Louisiana College by 7-0.

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) – Men’s Division I

Paisley native Ross Lindsay set up Campbellsville’s final goal in a 4-0 thrashing of Trinity International on Saturday that followed up a 6-0 win over Kentucky Christian University last Tuesday for the NAIA’s No.12 ranked side.