Stateside Scots | Ex-Hamilton Duo Set For NASL Semifinal Clash

Written by Ian Thomson

Two former Hamilton Accies players will meet in Indianapolis this weekend with a place in the North American Soccer League’s Soccer Bowl championship game at stake.

Lanark-born midfielder Nicki Paterson and his Indy Eleven side pipped Colin Miller’s F.C. Edmonton to the No. 2 seed and will host Saturday’s single-game elimination contest between the two teams.

Edmonton fell to a 1-0 loss at Miami F.C. on Friday night to take the pressure off Indy for their Sunday game at Rayo OKC. Paterson’s penalty kick gave his side the lead early in the second half before Rayo rallied to win 2-1.

Other Scots in action this past week included:

Major League Soccer

Calum Mallace made a couple of substitute appearances for Montreal Impact as the Canadian franchise made a strong start to the MLS playoffs despite the self-imposed absence of designated player Didier Drogba.

The 26-year-old midfielder from Torphichen in West Lothian helped Montreal to a 4-2 win at D.C. United in last Thursday’s single-game elimination round to set up a two-legged Eastern Conference semifinal against the regular season-leading New York Red Bulls.

Montreal takes a 1-0 lead to Red Bull Arena this Sunday after yesterday’s first-leg win.

North American Soccer League

Glaswegian midfielder Adam Moffat sat out the New York Cosmos’ 1-0 win at Minnesota United to close out the regular season. The Cosmos finished the Fall and combined seasons with a 10-point advantage and will host fourth-placed Rayo OKC in this Sunday’s second semifinal.

Scottish head coaches Stuart Campbell and Paul Dalglish will be facing off in a different league next year after their respective Tampa Bay Rowdies and Ottawa Fury teams announced that they will be joining the United Soccer League for the 2017 season.

Campbell’s Rowdies threw away a two-goal lead in its final NASL outing to lose 3-2 at lowly Florida rival Jacksonville Armada. That left Tampa sitting 10th out of 12 teams in the final Fall Season standings and ninth overall including the Spring Season results.

Ottawa limps into the USL after a 1-0 home reverse to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers that extended their winless streak to six games. Dalglish’s side fell to the bottom of the Fall Season standings after Jacksonville’s last-day win.

College Soccer – Men’s Division I

Bobby Clark’s No. 12 ranked Notre Dame ended an untimely run of four straight defeats with a scoreless tie against No. 3 North Carolina to complete the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season.

Notre Dame (10 wins, 5 losses, 2 ties, 3-3-2 in ACC play) held the No. 1 ranking in the country a few weeks ago before slipping to the No. 7 seed in the ACC’s postseason tournament. The Fighting Irish host Duke in Wednesday’s first-round clash with a weekend trip to Wake Forest awaiting the winner.

Former Rangers and Scotland youth defender Jordan Wilson and his No. 14 ranked Kentucky chalked up a couple of wins going into the final round of Conference USA action. The Wildcats (11-3-2, 5-2-0 C-USA) eked out a 2-1 win at Florida Atlantic last Wednesday before the Auchterarder native’s solid defensive play helped Kentucky to a 3-0 win over Marshall. Wilson’s side sits three points behind Charlotte in the standings.

The No. 16 ranked University of Washington kept up its hopes of lifting the Pac-12 Conference title as Jamie Clark, Bobby’s son, steered his side to a couple of golden goal overtime wins at California and table-topping Stanford. The Huskies (12-4-0, 6-2-0 Pac-12) sit seven points behind Stanford with two games in hand.

Aberdonian defender Ben Davidson came off the bench for No. 25 ranked South Carolina in a 2-1 loss at New Mexico. The Gamecocks (9-6-1, 4-2-1 C-USA) are tied for third place in the Conference USA standings with one game remaining.

Adam Wilson’s first-half penalty kick looked to have set Cincinnati on course for a home victory over Tulsa until a last-man foul inside the penalty area and resulting red card allowed the visitors to pull out a 3-1 win in their American Athletic Conference meeting. Wilson, the younger brother of Kentucky defender Jordan, leads the Bearcats (8-6-1, 3-3-0 AAC) with four goals and 10 assists this year.

Former Celtic youth midfielder Ciaran McKenna featured as a substitute as Duke (7-7-2, 2-5-1 ACC) closed out their Atlantic Coast Conference regular season schedule with a 1-0 defeat at Virginia.

Aberdonian defender Stuart Close came off the bench to help his Cal State Northridge team clinch the Big West South Division championship with a 1-0 overtime win over UC Riverside. The Matadors (8-6-4, 5-2-3 BWC) could meet UC Riverside again next Wednesday in the second round of the Big West Tournament after earning a first-round bye.

Former Hibernian youth and Scotland schoolboys forward Max Todd netted his seventh goal of the year in Illinois-Chicago’s 2-0 win over Belmont in the Horizon League. The Flames (7-6-3, 5-2-1 HL) close out the regular season at Oakland on Friday night.

Invernesian midfielder Duncan Corbett and his Saint Louis side suffered a couple of setbacks last week. The Billikens were trounced 5-0 at Indiana last Tuesday before falling to their first Atlantic-10 Conference defeat in overtime against Fordham on Saturday night. Saint Louis (7-5-3, 6-1-0 A-10) can still clinch the A-10 regular season title this Wednesday if Fordham fails to beat Massachusetts, or by taking at least a point at George Washington this Saturday.

Hartwick College’s difficult year under Banff native John Scott continued with back-to-back shutout defeats against Albany and Georgia State. The two-time defending Sun Belt Conference champions (7-5-3, 1-2-1 SBC) lost influential goalscoring midfielder Jamie O’Grady to a torn hamstring in mid-September and have now failed to find the net in four of their past five games.

Lewis Hawke’s Furman ended their Southern Conference regular season slate with back-to-back losses against Mercer and Wofford. The Paladins (6-8-3, 2-6-2 SoCon) earned the No. 5 seed for the conference’s postseason tournament and travel to UNC Greensboro for Saturday’s quarterfinal round.

Former Queen of the South Under-20 midfielder Alastair Berry earned a starting role for George Washington (7-5-5, 2-3-2 A-10) in the Colonial’s 1-0 loss at Massachusetts.

First-year head coach James Hamilton steered his Iona College side to a win and a tie in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play to leave the Gaels (5-12-0, 4-5-0 MAAC) in seventh place and needing favors to reach the MAAC’s 6-team postseason tournament.

Ex-Celtic youth midfielder Christian McKenna could not prevent his Northeastern side from tumbling to a 2-1 loss to the College of Charleston in the Colonial Athletic Conference. The Huskies (6-10-0, 3-5-0 CAA) failed to reach the postseason with the defeat. Senior McKenna will play his final college game against Dartmouth on Tuesday.

Glaswegian midfielder Spencer Brown made a couple of starts as his Indiana University—Purdue University Fort Wayne side defeated Bowling Green and IUPUI at home. The Summit League side (9-8-0, 2-3-0 SL) closes out the regular season at Western Illinois on Saturday.

College Soccer – Women’s Division I

Former Celtic and Scotland youth forward Lois Heuchan appeared as a substitute as Kansas beat Iowa State 1-0 to clinch second place in the Big 12 Conference regular season. The Jayhawks (10-4-4, 5-1-2 Big 12) face No. 7 seed Texas Christian University in Wednesday’s Big 12 tournament quarterfinal.

Senior defender Kathryn Hill saw her college career extended after Old Dominion recorded a couple of 1-0 wins on the road at Western Kentucky and Florida International to grasp the eighth and final spot in the Conference USA postseason tournament. The Lady Monarchs (7-11-0, 5-5-0 C-USA) face No. 1 seed North Texas in Wednesday’s quarterfinal.

First-year forward Carla Jackson and her Central Connecticut State teammates earned a share of the Northeast Conference regular season title after Sunday’s 1-0 win at Robert Morris. Jackson, who won the Scottish Cup and League Cup with Celtic Ladies, notched her fifth goal of the season on Friday in a 2-1 loss at St. Francis in Pennsylvania that assured the Blue Devils (9-9-1, 6-2) of the second seed in this week’s NEC tournament.

Invernesian head coach Neil MacDonald and his Jacksonville State side (5-13-1, 2-8 OVC) ended the season with a 2-1 loss to Belmont in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Former Scotland youth player Emily McKerlie helped her East Tennessee State side to reach the Southern Conference Tournament semifinal for the second time in program history. The Bucs (12-5-2, 6-2-1 SoCon) ousted Western Carolina 2-1 in Saturday’s quarterfinal and will now host Mercer on Friday.

Hannah Scott’s Mississippi Valley State trounced Alcorn State 9-3 in its regular season closer to earn the No. 5 seed in this week’s Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament. The Devilettes (5-8-2, 5-3-2 SWAC) face Arkansas-Pine Bluff in Thursday’s quarterfinal.

Longniddry’s Jennifer Currie recorded a career high of 10 saves before her Western Illinois side fell 1-0 in double overtime to Oral Roberts that ended the season for the Leathernecks (4-11-2, 2-5-1 Summit League).

College Soccer – Men’s Division II

Stephen Al-Sayed, Ben Bruce and David Cross all started in Drury’s 2-0 loss to Quincy in the quarterfinal of the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament. The Panthers (11-4-3, 9-3-3 GLVC) now wait to find out if they will be selected for the NCAA Division II national tournament commencing on Nov. 11.

Glaswegian midfielder Ryan Murphy and Aberchirder’s Ben Allan both started for King University in back-to-back defeats against Lees-McRae and Barton. The Tornado (6-11-0, 4-6-0 CC) ends the regular season as the seventh seed in this week’s Conference Carolinas tournament and will travel to Limestone College for Monday’s quarterfinal.

Dunfermline’s Danny Cameron contributed a goal and an assist as Emmanuel College (9-7-0, 6-4-0 CC) rounded out its Conference Carolinas regular season with a 4-2 win at Lees-McRae.

College Soccer – Women’s Division II

Banchory’s Catherine Thomson saw her college career coming to a disappointing end as her Delta State team lost 4-0 to West Florida in the Gulf South Conference. Thomson contributed a team-leading six goals as well as three assists to push the Cleveland, Mississippi-based Lady Statesmen (6-11-0, 2-10-0 GSC) to one of its best records in program history this year.

Seton Hill gave starting slots to Edinburgh’s Amy Lynch and Dalkeith’s Emma Porteous in their season finale against No. 3 ranked West Chester in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. The Griffins (7-8-2, 6-8-2 PSAC) held on for 84 minutes before conceding the game’s only goal.

Senior midfielder Kirsten Reilly capped a fine comeback by West Alabama in their Gulf South Conference clash with Alabama Huntsville to secure home field advantage for the first round of the playoffs. The 21-year-old from Musselburgh cracked home a 25-yard game winner after her team had slipped two goals behind in the first half. The fourth-seeded Tigers (9-6-1, 6-3-1 GSC) host No. 5 seed Union on Tuesday evening.

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

Clydebank’s Mark Callaghan, Paisley’s Ross Lindsay and Linlithgow’s Daniel Nimmo helped Kentucky’s Campbellsville University to retain its Mid-South Conference regular season title and record the school’s first undefeated regular season. Callaghan was among the scorers last Tuesday as the No. 7 ranked Tigers (13-0-2, 6-0-1 MSC) pummeled Life University 11-0 before gearing up for the playoffs with a 1-0 win over state rival Cumberlands on Friday.

No. 18 ranked Midland thrashed Mount Marty College 8-0 to wrap up second place in the Great Plains Athletic Conference with second-year forward Conor McFadden and senior defender Tom Sibbald contributing to the team’s success. The Warriors (15-2-1, 8-1-0 GPAC) host Briar Cliff in Thursday’s GPAC Tournament quarterfinal.

Aberdonian defender Sam Pugh notched an assist for Grand View University in its 3-1 win over Avila in the Heart of America Athletic Conference. The Vikings (11-6-1, 7-4-1 HAAC) completed the regular season Saturday with a 1-0 loss against MidAmerica Nazarine.

An equalizer from former Raith Rovers and Cowdenbeath youth midfielder Anesu Tabengwa gave Holy Cross College a 2-2 tie with Judson and the point needed to qualify for the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference playoffs. The Saints (8-8-2, 5-6-1 CCAC) enter the CCAC Tournament as the No. 7 seed.