Stateside Scots | Moffat Wins NASL Championship With NY Cosmos

Written by Ian Thomson

Former Elgin City midfielder Adam Moffat helped the New York Cosmos to retain the North American Soccer League championship title on Sunday night as the historic club edged out Indy Eleven on penalties in the Soccer Bowl.

Neither side could find the net during 120 minutes of cagey action. Glaswegian Moffat took the Cosmos’ second penalty kick and planted his shot firmly inside Indy goalkeeper Jon Busch’s right post. That put the defending champions ahead after Eamon Zayed had struck both posts with Indy’s second attempt.

Busch wildly hoofed Indy’s third kick high and wide of target before the Cosmos wrapped up a 4-2 shootout win to claim a third NASL crown in four years and eighth overall including the original iteration of the club and league in the 1970s and 1980s.

Ex-Hamilton Accies and Clyde midfielder Nicki Paterson received a runners-up medal. The Lanark-born midfielder entered the game in the first period of extra time and successfully converted Indy’s first spot kick in front of the vociferous Cosmos fan group.


College Soccer – Men’s Division I

Former Hibernian youth and Scotland schoolboys forward Max Todd helped the University of Illinois at Chicago to its first Horizon League Championship win since 2007 on Saturday night.

The Flames beat regular-season winner Wright State 1-0 with Todd claiming an assist on the decisive goal.

UIC earns an automatic place in the season-ending NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament by virtue of the victory. The draw for the tournament takes place on Monday afternoon.

 

Glaswegian midfielder Bradley Mulvey and Aberdonian defender Stuart Close also picked up silverware on Saturday night as Cal State Northridge won the Big West Tournament in California.

The Matadors had beaten Sacramento State on penalty kicks in last Wednesday’s semifinal after a scoreless tie that saw Close appearing as a substitute. Close came off the bench again in the championship decider against Cal State Fullerton as Northridge recovered from conceding the first goal to win 2-1 with 52 seconds of golden-goal overtime remaining.

Jamie Clark’s No. 14 ranked University of Washington ended their Pac-12 Conference season with a 1-0 loss to Oregon State. Mason Robertson, the son of former Aberdeen and Rangers defender David, was among the Huskies’ senior players to be honored before the game. Washington dropped to 13 wins, six losses, zero ties overall this year (13-6-0) and now awaits Monday’s draw for the NCAA Tournament starting later this week.

Former Rangers and Scotland youth defender Jordan Wilson and his No. 19 ranked Kentucky were ousted from the Conference USA Tournament at the first hurdle after being taken to a penalty shootout by New Mexico. Kentucky (11-4-3) took the lead in each half only to surrender an equalizer within minutes on both occasions. Wilson was one of seven players to miss from the spot as New Mexico prevailed 2-1 on penalties.

Better news for Wilson arrived last Tuesday when he was named to the Conference USA Team of the Year for the third successive season.

Aberdonian defender Ben Davidson and his No. 24 ranked South Carolina side (10-7-1) were likewise eliminated from the Conference USA Tournament quarterfinals after a 2-1 defeat to Old Dominion.

Former Ross County and Inverness Caledonian Thistle youth midfielder Duncan Corbett suffered a painful end to his third collegiate season. Corbett’s Saint Louis (7-8-3) lost its Atlantic 10 Conference Championship quarterfinal in golden goal overtime to a Dayton team that the Billikens had beaten on their way to the regular season title.

John Scott’s hopes of leading Hartwick College to a third straight Sun Belt Conference Tournament title were dashed by a 2-0 defeat to regular season winner Coastal Carolina in last Friday’s semifinal. The Hawks ended the season with a 9-6-4 record overall.

Scott’s side was forced to play back-to-back tournament games after finishing fourth during the regular season. Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year Hamish Ritchie headed home a corner kick from senior midfielder Jack Donaldson to steer Hartwick to a 2-1 win over Appalachian State in Thursday’s quarterfinal.

A torn hamstring suffered by senior midfielder Jamie O’Grady early in the season hampered Hartwick’s performances this year. The former Stenhousemuir and Scotland schoolboys midfielder led the Sun Belt with 11 goals in 2015. O’Grady scored three times in three games to start this campaign before his injury. Only one Hartwick player surpassed that total over 19 games.


College Soccer – Women’s Division I

Former Celtic and Scotland youth forward Lois Heuchan scored a dramatic golden-goal winner for Kansas as the Jayhawks (11-5-4) beat Missouri 1-0 in the opening round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Tournament.

Heuchan swept a low shot into the net in the second period of sudden-death overtime to send Kansas on to a tough second-round clash at North Carolina this Friday.


College Soccer – Men’s Division II

Bannockburn native David Cross was named to the Great Lakes Valley Conference’s select team after leading Springfield, Missouri-based Drury University into the NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Tournament.

The former Falkirk and Stirling Albion youth defender followed up the accolade with a goal in Friday’s 2-1 win over Saginaw Valley in the first round of the national tournament.

Drury (13-4-3) followed up with another 2-1 win over Tiffin University in Sunday’s second round that saw Ullapool’s Ben Bruce notch his eighth goal of the year.

The Panthers have reached the NCAA Tournament’s third round for the first time in program history.

Edinburgh’s Callum Donnelly and Bonnyrigg’s Sam Daniel saw their seasons end last Thursday as Le Moyne (14-5-2) was beaten 3-1 by Southern New Hampshire in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Likewise, Invernesian midfielder Liam Watt and his Franklin Pierce side (12-6-0) lost out in overtime against Merrimack College in the NCAA first round.


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

No. 6 ranked Campbellsville University won its first Mid-South Conference Tournament crown last Friday with Scottish trio Daniel Nimmo, Ross Lindsay and Mark Callaghan all playing a part in the victory. Campbellsville edged Lindsey Wilson College on penalty kicks after a scoreless final with defender Nimmo and midfielder Lindsay both converting their efforts.

Paisley native Lindsay had set up the only goal in Campbellsville’s 1-0 win over Cumberland University in Thursday’s semifinal.

There was more Scottish success in the Heart of America Athletic Conference as veteran head coach Blair Reid led his Grand View University side to the title in his 32nd season at the helm. Aberdonian defender Sam Pugh scored Grand View’s goal in a 1-1 tie with Missouri Valley College in Saturday’s championship decider before GVU triumphed on penalty kicks.

Pitlochry’s Tom Sibbald made a substitute appearance as Midland’s record on the year dropped to 16-3-1 after a 3-2 loss to Concordia University in the Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal. The Warriors await Monday’s NAIA National Tournament draw to see if their season will be extended.