Stateside Scots | Banchory’s Thomson on Goal Trail in Mississippi

Written by Ian Thomson

Banchory’s Catherine Thomson turned in a stunning first-half performance last Tuesday as her Delta State side walloped Alcorn State by 11-1 in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s second division.

Thomson completed a hat trick within the opening 35 minutes and laid on a couple of other goals as the Cleveland, Mississippi-based Lady Statesmen raced to a 5-1 lead at the interval.

The senior midfielder struck the post four minutes into the second half before being withdrawn from the action. Delta State tied a school record for most goals in a game.

Thomson’s scoring streak continued Sunday when she netted a team-leading fifth goal in six games this year in a 3-1 loss at Mississippi College to open the Gulf South Conference season.


North American Soccer League

Former Elgin City midfielder Adam Moffat and his New York Cosmos maintained their 5-point lead over Colin Miller’s F.C. Edmonton at the top of the NASL’s fall season standings after the sides drew 0-0 on Long Island on Saturday night.

Paul Dalglish’s Ottawa Fury climbed to seventh in the 12-team league with two late goals at Minnesota United to secure a 3-2 win.

Two Scotsmen faced off in Florida as Tampa Bay Rowdies head coach Stuart Campbell steered his side to a 1-0 win over Greg Shields’ Carolina RailHawks.


United Soccer League

Former St. Mirren and Scotland Under-21 goalkeeper Mark Ridgers must wait until this weekend’s final round of regular season games to find out if he will take part in the USL playoffs. His Orlando City B team remains in the eight and final spot despite picking up one point from eight games.

Tom Parratt’s Wilmington Hammerheads missed out on overtaking Orlando after being held to a 1-1 tie at the Harrisburg City Islanders. The Hammerheads host seventh-placed Richmond Kickers on Saturday in what could be the club’s final game before a rumored relocation to Baltimore.

Germany-born midfielder Kevin Kerr earned an early penalty kick for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in a 1-1 tie at Bethlehem Steel F.C.

Edinburgh native Gary Cennerazzo played the full game as his Tulsa Roughnecks side was beaten 2-0 at San Antonio F.C.


College Soccer – Men’s Division I

Bobby Clark’s No. 1 ranked Notre Dame maintained its perfect start to the season last Tuesday with a 1-0 win in the second sudden-death overtime period against Connecticut. Louisville ended the Fighting Irish’s run Saturday in Kentucky with a 1-0 win in Atlantic Coast Conference play that drew over 4,000 fans.

Former Rangers and Scotland youth defender Jordan Wilson and his No. 21 ranked Kentucky conceded two early set piece goals in their Conference USA opener at Florida International in a 2-1 loss.

Adam Wilson, Jordan’s brother, created one of Cincinnati’s goals in a 2-0 victory over Cleveland State last Wednesday. Wilson also supplied the cross for the only goal in Saturday’s clash with Bowling Green to lift the Bearcats to 3-3-0 (three wins, three losses, no ties) this year. Auchterarder native Wilson leads his team with four assists.

Jamie Clark, Bobby’s son, steered his University of Washington side (5-2-0) to two home wins over the weekend against Davidson and the College of Charleston.

Clark’s fellow Aberdonian Ben Davidson also chalked up two wins in the past week with his South Carolina team (3-3-0 overall). Defender Davidson made a couple of substitute appearances as the Gamecocks beat Georgia Southern 2-1 in overtime before seeing off Florida Atlantic by a single goal in its Conference USA opener.

Former Celtic youth midfielder Ciaran McKenna came off the bench for Duke (2-2-1 | 0-2-0 ACC) in the Blue Devils’ 2-0 loss to No. 12 ranked Wake Forest in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Glaswegian midfielder Bradley Mulvey and Aberdonian defender Stuart Close appeared as substitutes as Cal State Northridge (2-4-0) lost 1-0 at No. 19 ranked Utah Valley on Sunday.

Edinburgh’s Max Todd could do little to stop his Illinois-Chicago side (1-5-1 | 1-1-0 HL) from slumping to two consecutive 4-0 defeats against DePaul in non-conference play and Wright State in the Horizon League.

Ex-Ross County and Inverness Caledonian Thistle youth player Duncan Corbett played 81 minutes as Saint Louis (1-1-2) fell to a 2-0 defeat at No. 8 ranked Denver.

Dunfermline’s 6-foot-5-inch goalkeeper Jamie Cleland made 10 saves for Saint Peter’s University as the Peacocks (1-3-2) held John Scott’s Hartwick College (2-1-2) to a 1-1 tie in Jersey City, New Jersey. Galashiels midfielder Marc Berry set up Glaswegian Johnny McBeth for Hartwick’s second-half equalizer.

Lewis Hawke’s Furman improved to a 4-1-1 record this year with a thrilling 4-3 win at Gardner-Webb last Tuesday. The former Morton striker sparked his side’s recovery from a 2-0 halftime deficit with a goal on 62 minutes.

Former Queen of the South youth midfielder Alastair Berry appeared as a substitute for George Washington in a 2-1 overtime loss at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Glaswegian first-year head coach James Hamilton saw his Iona side (1-6-0) slump to a fourth straight defeat against Hartford on Saturday.

Christian McKenna’s Northeastern fell 3-0 against city rival Boston University last Tuesday. The former Celtic youth forward fired his side ahead with an 18-yard shot against Drexel on Saturday as the Huskies (2-4-0 | 1-0-0 CAA) opened their Colonial Athletic Association season with a 2-0 win.

Senior midfielder Spencer Brown set up the second goal for Indiana University—Purdue University Fort Wayne (4-3-0) in last Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Northern Kentucky.

Edinburgh’s Murray Cockburn helped Sacred Heart (1-4-1) to a 1-1 tie against Siena on Saturday.

Kieran Toland’s St. Bonaventure (1-5-1) recovered from a 1-0 loss at Canisius on Friday to record its first win of the season by a single goal against Niagara on Sunday.


College Soccer – Women’s Division I

Emily McKerlie helped East Tennessee State (5-3-1) to a 3-1 home win against Alabama A&M last Friday. The Bucs smashed South Carolina State 7-0 on Sunday afternoon with the former Scotland youth team defender from Dumfries pitching in with a couple of assists.

Dalry’s Kathryn Hill notched her second goal of the year as Old Dominion (2-6-0 | 0-1-0 C-USA) fell to a 2-1 loss at Charlotte in its Conference USA opener.

Former Celtic and Scotland youth forward Lois Heuchan made a couple of starts for Kansas over the weekend as the Jayhawks (5-3-2) lost 2-0 at Southern California before tying 1-1 against Pepperdine in Malibu.

First-year Glaswegian forward Carla Jackson made a couple of appearances over the weekend as Central Connecticut State (2-8-0) was defeated by Brown and Cornell.

Invernesian head coach Neil MacDonald saw his Jacksonville State side (3-5-1) recover from a 1-0 loss to Charleston Southern to defeat The Citadel by 2-1 in the Nike Challenge event in Charleston, South Carolina.


College Soccer – Men’s Division II

No. 22 ranked Drury’s Scottish trio played a huge role in maintaining the Springfield, Missouri-based school’s perfect start to the season. Ullapool’s Ben Bruce scored the decisive second goal in Friday’s 2-1 win at Lewis University before netting the opener Sunday at Wisconsin-Parkside. The sides were locked at 2-2 with eight minutes left when former Falkirk and Stirling Albion defender David Cross netted a free kick to lift Drury to 6-0-0 overall and 4-0-0 in Great Lakes Valley Conference play. Stirling’s Stephen Al-Sayed started both games alongside Cross on the back line.

Second-year midfielder Blair Springhall notched an assist as his Emmanuel College side (1-4-0 | 1-1-0 in Conference Carolinas) lost out 5-4 at North Georgia last Wednesday in non-conference play. The Lions bounced back with a 3-0 win over Mount Olive in Saturday’s league clash with fellow Dunfermline native Danny Cameron setting up the opening goal.

Inverness native Liam Watt started in Franklin Pierce’s 3-1 wins at Saint Michael’s and Stonehill as the Rindge, New Hampshire-based Ravens stayed perfect through four games this year.

Glasgow’s Ryan Murphy and Aberchirder’s Ben Allan both started for King University (2-3-0 | 1-0-0 in Conference Carolinas) in its 3-2 loss at Alabama-Huntsville.


College Soccer – Women’s Division II

Former Hibernian and Scotland youth midfielder Emma Porteous made a couple of starts as Seton Hill (1-3-2) fell to a 3-0 loss at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and tied 0-0 at Bloomsburg University in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Edinburgh’s Amy Lynch came off the bench against Bloomsburg.


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

Scottish trio Daniel Nimmo, Ross Lindsay and Mark Callaghan helped Campbellsville University to a 2-0 win over Oakland City to extend the Tigers’ perfect start to the season to five wins. Clydebank native Callaghan notched an assist.

Veteran head coach Blair Reid led his Grand View University side to a 0-0 tie at Missouri Valley to open the Heart of America Athletic Conference season. The Vikings hold a 4-1-1 record overall this year.


National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) – Women’s

Banknock’s Lauren Leslie set up a goal in the University of Houston—Victoria’s 3-0 win over Howard Payne last Tuesday. Leslie also featured in the Jaguars’ 7-0 crushing of Southwestern Christian on Friday to extend her team’s perfect start to the season to four wins.