Stateside Scots | Hawke Bows Out of College Game With Two Conference Titles

Written by Ian Thomson

Former Greenock Morton forward Lewis Hawke concluded his college career last Saturday night as his Furman University side lost 1-0 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the opening round of the Southern Conference Championship.

Hawke, the son of former Cappielow striker and current Morton director Warren, scored 26 goals in 70 games for the Paladins over the past four years.

Furman ended the season with six wins, nine defeats and three ties overall (2-6-2 in SoCon).

Hawke fired the Greenville, South Carolina-based school to back-to-back conference tournament titles in 2014 and 2015 by scoring the winning goal in both championship deciders.

Other Scots in action this past week included:

Major League Soccer

West-Lothian born midfielder Calum Mallace came on as a second-half substitute as Montreal Impact beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1 at Red Bull Arena in the MLS playoffs on Sunday. The win secured a 3-1 aggregate triumph for the Canadians and clinched the franchise’s first appearance in the Eastern Conference Championship. Montreal face rival Toronto F.C. in the two-legged tie commencing on Nov. 22.

North American Soccer League

Nicki Paterson’s Indy Eleven was victorious in the NASL semifinal meeting of two former Hamilton Accies players. Paterson remained on the bench as Indy edged Colin Miller’s F.C. Edmonton by a single goal to reach its first Soccer Bowl championship decider since beginning play in 2014.

Indy travels to New York City this weekend to face the regular season winning New York Cosmos in the final. Former Elgin City midfielder Adam Moffat played the full 90 minutes on Saturday night as the defending champions scored two late goals to seal a comeback 2-1 win over Rayo OKC.

The Soccer Bowl takes place on Sunday night at Belson Stadium on the campus of St. John’s University in Queens.

United Soccer League

Orlando City B announced that it would not pick up a further year contract option on former St. Mirren and Scotland Under-21 goalkeeper Mark Ridgers. The Inverness native made 28 appearances for Orlando’s reserves this year as they reached October’s USL playoffs during their debut season.

College Soccer – Men’s Division I

Former Aberdeen and Scotland goalkeeper Bobby Clark saw his No. 16 ranked Notre Dame exit the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship at the quarterfinal stage with a 1-0 loss at No. 2 ranked Wake Forest. Notre Dame had ended the season of Duke and former Celtic youth midfielder Ciaran McKenna on Thursday night with a 3-2 overtime win in the ACC tournament’s previous round.

Jamie Clark, Bobby’s son, and his No. 11 ranked Washington side came up short in their attempt to win the Pac-12 Conference after a 1-0 loss to San Diego State left the Huskies sitting four points behind Stanford ahead of the final round of games.

Brothers Jordan and Adam Wilson from Auchterarder became naturalized U.S. citizens last week and both marked the achievement with goals from the penalty spot for their respective colleges.

Jordan, a senior defender for No. 12 ranked Kentucky, converted his kick in Friday’s 2-1 loss to a South Carolina team including Aberdonian defender Ben Davidson among its substitutes.

Adam’s early strike put Cincinnati on course for a 3-1 win over Eastern Illinois last Tuesday. The Bearcats’ season ended with a 1-0 defeat at the University of Central Florida on Saturday that saw UCF pipping Cincinnati to the fourth and final spot in the American Athletic Conference’s championship.

Former Hibernian youth and Scotland schoolboys forward Max Todd grabbed his eighth goal of the season with a long-range free kick during Illinois-Chicago’s 5-2 loss at Oakland. The Flames earned the No. 2 seed for this week’s Horizon League Tournament and a bye into Thursday’s semifinal.

Invernesian midfielder Duncan Corbett and his Saint Louis side fell to a 1-0 loss at George Washington in its final Atlantic-10 Conference regular season game. Former Queen of the South Under-20 midfielder Alastair Berry came off the bench for the hosts. Regular season champion Saint Louis meets Dayton in the quarterfinal of the A-10 Conference Championship on Thursday.

A 3-0 win over Howard earned John Scott’s Hartwick College the No. 4 seed in this week’s Sun Belt Conference Championship. First-year midfielder Hamish Ritchie set up Galashiels native Marc Berry for the Hawks’ third goal. Hartwick meets Appalachian State in Thursday’s quarterfinal.

Glasgow native James Hamilton ended his first year as a head coach with his Iona College side losing 1-0 at Manhattan. The Gaels finished the season with five wins and 13 losses (4-6-0 in the Metro Atlantic Athletics Conference).

Dunfermline’s Jamie Cleland endured a rough last game in goals for Saint Peter’s University. The Peacocks lost 5-3 to Rider to end the season with three wins, 13 losses and two ties (2-8-0 in the Metro Atlantic Athletics Conference).

Spencer Brown’s career at Indiana University—Purdue University Fort Wayne ended with a 4-1 defeat at Western Illinois in the Summit League. The Glaswegian midfielder made 68 appearances for the Mastadons and scored five goals during his four years in Indiana.

Former Celtic youth forward Christian McKenna saw his college career close out with Northeastern’s 2-0 defeat at Dartmouth College.

College Soccer – Women’s Division I

Former Rangers Ladies and Scotland Under-19 defender Kathryn Hill finished her college career last Wednesday when Old Dominion lost 2-1 to the No. 1 seeded North Texas in the Conference USA Tournament quarterfinal. The Dalry native made 37 appearances for the Lady Monarchs after arriving in Norfolk, Virginia for her junior season last year. Hill chipped in offensively with three goals and five assists. Old Dominion’s campaign ended with a 7-12-0 record overall (5-5-0 C-USA).

Lois Heuchan, another former Scotland youth player, and her No. 24 ranked University of Kansas side must wait for Monday’s NCAA Tournament Selection Show to discover if they have qualified for the season-ending national championship. Heuchan was a starter in the Jayhawks’ 1-0 loss to Texas Christian University in last Wednesday’s Big 12 Championship quarterfinal.

Former Celtic Ladies forward Carla Jackson ended her first year in the collegiate game with a runners-up medal in the Northeast Conference Championship. Jackson opened the scoring on Friday as her Central Connecticut State team beat Sacred Heart 3-0 in the semifinal to set up Sunday’s showdown against Saint Francis. The Blue Devils fell to a 2-0 defeat to end the season with a 9-11-1 record overall.

Former Scotland Under-19 defender Emily McKerlie helped East Tennessee State to its first Southern Conference Championship game when the Bucs defeated Mercer by 3-1 in Johnson City, Tennessee on Friday. No. 1 seed Samford proved too strong for McKerlie’s team in the final and ran out 2-1 winners.

Bonnyrigg’s Hannah Scott and her Mississippi Valley State team saw their season ended in the first round of the Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament after a 1-0 loss to University of Arkansas—Pine Bluff.

College Soccer – Men’s Division II

Senior midfielder Callum Donnelly helped Le Moyne to reach the Northeast-10 Conference Championship final is his final college game. Top seed Adelphi edged a 2-1 win over a Le Moyne side that also started Bonnyrigg’s Sam Daniel. The Dolphins reached Sunday’s final by virtue of a 1-0 win over Assumption College in last Tuesday’s quarterfinal and a 2-1 win over Merrimack College in Friday’s semifinal final that featured an assist from Daniel on the opening goal.

Adelphi had previously ended the title hopes of Invernesian midfielder Liam Watt when they ousted Franklin Pierce by 2-0 in the semifinal.

Dunfermline’s Blair Springhall opened the scoring for Emmanuel College in the Lions’ 4-2 win over Auburn University at Montgomery on Friday and the team’s 2-0 win at Embry-Riddle.

College Soccer – Women’s Division II

Senior midfielder Kirsten Reilly saw her college career ended in the semifinal of the Gulf South Conference when her West Alabama side fell to a 5-0 defeat against top seed West Florida.

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

Scottish trio Daniel Nimmo, Ross Lindsay and Mark Callaghan helped No. 7 ranked Campbellsville University to a thumping 8-0 win over Life University in the opening round of the Mid-South Conference Tournament. Campbellsville meets Cumberland University in the semifinal this Thursday night.

Veteran head coach Blair Reid guided his Grand View University side to a 4-1 win over Baker in the opening round of the Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament. Aberdonian defender Sam Pugh was among Reid’s starters while Kilmarnock native Craig Johnston appeared as a substitute.

Pitlochry’s Tom Sibbald came off the bench as Midland defeated Briar Cliff University 5-1 in the quarterfinal of the Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament.