Stateside Scots | Wilson Brothers Earn Weekly Conference Honors

Written by Ian Thomson

Auchterarder brothers Jordan and Adam Wilson enjoyed a great weekend in America’s Division I college soccer scene with the former Rangers youth players both receiving Player of the Week honors.

Senior defender Jordan was named as the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week after leading his No. 20 ranked Kentucky to a 1-0 sudden-death overtime win over Charlotte. Wilson produced an excellent display to keep No. 14 ranked Charlotte’s attackers off the board before heading home a corner kick to win the game with two minutes of overtime remaining.

Second-year midfielder Adam earned the American Athletic Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week honor after scoring one goal from a free kick and creating the other in Cincinnati’s 2-1 win over the University of South Florida on Saturday.

Other Scots in action this past week included:


Major League Soccer

West Lothian-born midfielder Calum Mallace came off the bench as Montreal Impact closed in on a playoff spot with a 1-0 win at Orlando City.


North American Soccer League

Adam Moffat’s second-half penalty kick set the New York Cosmos on the way to a 2-0 win at the Carolina RailHawks last Wednesday night. The former Elgin City midfielder helped his team to a repeat outcome against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on Sunday as the Cosmos built a 7-point lead at the top of the NASL’s Fall Season standings.

Former St. Johnstone and Hearts defender Colin Miller saw his F.C. Edmonton side lose ground on the Cosmos with a 0-0 draw at Jacksonville Armada last Wednesday. The Eddies picked up a 2-1 win over Nicki Paterson’s Indy Eleven at the weekend.

Ex-Scotland Under-21 midfielder Stuart Campbell steered his Tampa Bay Rowdies to a 1-1 draw against in-form Florida rival Miami F.C. Alessandro Nesta’s Miami side had continued its improved results last Wednesday with a 2-1 home win over Paul Dalglish’s Ottawa Fury. The struggling Fury rounded out the weekend with a disappointing home loss to expansion team Puerto Rico F.C.


United Soccer League

Former St. Mirren goalkeeper Mark Ridgers was the lone Scot to feature in the opening round of the USL’s playoffs this past weekend. His Orlando City B side fell at the first hurdle with a 4-0 defeat at Red Bull Arena against regular-season champions New York Red Bulls II.

Orlando’s place in the postseason had been jeopardized by a run of one point from eight games that opened the door for Tom Parratt’s Wilmington Hammerheads to snatch the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Parratt will likely be playing elsewhere next year after it was officially announced last week that Wilmington are leaving the professional ranks to drop to the USL’s amateur Premier Development League. The Inverness-born defender set up the clinching goal in the Hammerheads’ 2-0 win over Richmond Kickers that forced Orlando to pull out a must-win victory at Bethlehem Steel on the final day of the regular season.

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds were never in contention for a playoff place this year after an abysmal season. Team captain Kevin Kerr marked a personal milestone with his 100th appearance for the team in its last-day loss to F.C. Cincinnati on Sept. 24. The 27-year-old midfielder contributed four goals and four assists during his club’s turbulent campaign.


National Women’s Soccer League

Scottish international duo Rachel Corsie and Kim Little missed out on reaching the NWSL’s 4-team playoffs by two points despite the Seattle Reign’s 3-2 win at the Houston Dash on Sept. 25 to end the regular season. Little grabbed one of the goals in Seattle’s ultimately fruitless victory after Western New York Flash had wrapped up the final playoff spot the previous evening.

Seattle had topped the regular season standings in the previous two campaigns before falling short against F.C. Kansas City in both championship deciders.

Former Albion Rovers midfielder and United States women’s national team coach Tom Sermanni saw his expansion Orlando Pride franchise finishing second-to-last in the 10-team league.


College Soccer – Men’s Division I

Bobby Clark’s No. 2 ranked Notre Dame (8 wins, 1 loss, 0 draws) continued its strong start to the season with a 2-0 win at Atlantic Coast Conference rival Pittsburgh.

Jamie Clark, the son of former Aberdeen and Scotland goalkeeper Bobby, saw his No. 16 ranked University of Washington crush UCLA 4-0 in Los Angeles last Thursday before slipping to a single-goal loss in sudden-death overtime at San Diego State on Sunday.

Aberdonian defender Ben Davidson came off the bench to set up a couple of goals in South Carolina’s 3-1 win against High Point last Wednesday. Davidson helped the Gamecocks (7-3-0, 2-0-0 in Conference USA) to a sixth straight win on Sunday against Marshall.

Former Celtic youth midfielder Ciaran McKenna played 54 minutes as a substitute as his Duke side improved to a 4-3-2 record on the season (1-2-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) with a 2-1 win at North Carolina State last Friday.

Aberdonian defender Stuart Close made a couple of starts as his Cal State Northridge improved to a 5-4-1 record with wins over the University of California, Davis and Sacramento State. Glaswegian midfielder Bradley Mulvey made a substitute appearance in the opening victory.

Former Hibernian and Scotland youth forward Max Todd grabbed a goal and an assist as his Illinois-Chicago scorched Northern Kentucky by 4-0 in the Horizon League. The Flames rose to a 4-5-1 record overall this year (3-1-0 in HL).

Inverness native Duncan Corbett helped Saint Louis to a 2-1 win over La Salle in Philadelphia to open their Atlantic 10 Conference schedule.

Former Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Liverpool fullback John Scott saw his Hartwick College side improve to a 6-1-2 record with a couple of wins. Lochwinnoch’s Kane O’Neill scored a late equalizer at Vermont before Edinburgh’s Cameron Paton set up an overtime winner for the Hawks. Galashiels native Marc Berry notched his second goal of the year in Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Bryant.

Second-year midfielder Alistair Berry helped his George Washington side to a 2-1 win over St. Francis Brooklyn before the Washington, D.C.-based Colonials (5-2-4 overall) opened their Atlantic 10 Conference season with a scoreless draw against Fordham.

Glasgow’s James Hamilton won his first contest as a head coach in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference when his Iona side defeated Jamie Cleland’s Saint Peter’s by 4-1 last Tuesday. Iona slumped to a 2-8-0 record on the season on Saturday after a single-goal loss at Fairfield in overtime while Dunfermline native Cleland kept a clean sheet as Saint Peter’s (2-6-2, 1-1-0 in MAAC) bounced back with a 1-0 win over Monmouth.

Glaswegian midfielder Spencer Brown started for Indiana University—Purdue University Fort Wayne in its 3-1 Summit League victory over Oral Roberts.


College Soccer – Women’s Division I

Former Celtic and Scotland youth forward Lois Heuchan netted both goals for Kansas in its 2-1 win at Texas Christian University last Friday. The Jayhawks rounded out a superb weekend on the road with a 1-0 victory at Texas to move to an 8-3-2 overall record this year and a perfect 3-0-0 in Big 12 Conference play.

Glasgow’s Carla Jackson was named as the Northeast Conference’s Rookie of the Week after scoring the only goal in Central Connecticut State’s win over Mount St. Mary’s with 21 seconds remaining.

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Scotland Under-19 international defender Kathryn Hill helped Old Dominion to a 3-0 win over the University of Texas at San Antonio last Friday. Hill missed Sunday’s 2-0 loss to the University of Texas at El Paso that dropped her team to 4-8-0 this year and 2-2-0 in Conference USA play.

Bonnyrigg’s Hannah Scott helped Mississippi Valley State to its first wins of the year with single-goal victories over Jackson State and Southern University in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Former Scotland youth goalkeeper Jennifer Currie kept a clean sheet as Western Illinois edged South Dakota by a single goal in Summit League play on Sunday.


College Soccer – Men’s Division II

Stirling’s Stephen Al-Sayed was sent off in No. 13 ranked Drury’s 2-1 defeat by Maryville last Friday. There was happier news for Drury’s Scottish contingent on Sunday when former Falkirk and Stirling Albion youth defender David Cross headed the opener in a 2-0 win over the University of Missouri—St. Louis.

Invernesian midfielder Liam Watt made a couple of starts as Franklin Pierce beat Southern New Hampshire before losing at New Haven to move to a 6-2-0 overall record.

Senior midfielder Ryan Murphy was on target during King University’s 8-1 trouncing of North Greenville to move to a perfect 3-0-0 record in Conference Carolinas play.

First-year goalkeeper Andy Dunnett earned a couple of clean sheets with the help of fellow Scots Craig Russell, Danny Cameron and Blair Springhall as Emmanuel College beat both Bob Jones and Columbia International by a single goal.


College Soccer – Women’s Division II

Edinburgh native Amy Lynch grabbed the second goal for Seton Hill in Friday’s 2-0 win over Mansfield in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. The Griffins had a quick turnaround to face Lock Haven 24 hours later with Lynch setting up former Hibernian and Scotland youth midfielder Emma Porteous for one of the goals in a 3-0 win.


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

No. 12 ranked Campbellsville University saw its perfect record ended after an enthralling 4-4 draw at Kentucky state rival Lindsey Wilson College to open Mid-South Conference play. Daniel Nimmo and Ross Lindsay started for the hosts who moved to a 7-0-1 record overall.

Veteran head coach Blair Reid saw his Grand View University side rising to an 8-1-1 record with wins over William Penn University and Culver-Stockton College.