Kirkcaldy-born striker making waves in USA

Lewis Hawke (left) with his father and ex-Raith striker Warren Hawke
Lewis Hawke (left) with his father and ex-Raith striker Warren Hawke

A Kirkcaldy-born footballer is making waves across the pond by following in the footsteps of USA star Clint Dempsey.

Up and coming striker Lewis Hawke is starring with college soccer team Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, where Dempsey started his career.

The former Morton striker ended the season as Furman’s top scorer with nine goals, the highlight being a diving header in a 1-0 win over Mercer to seal their first Southern Conference Championship title since 2007.

Hawke, who opted for a US soccer scholarship along with the chance to earn a degree thanks to FirstPoint USA, was also selected to the All-Conference team and may be included in some of the regional and national squads once they are announced in the upcoming weeks.

The 21-year-old said: “It’s been an absolutely brilliant season for me but more so for the team, with winning the Southern Conference a great achievement for everyone involved.

“Overall, the experience of studying and playing in the US so far has been fantastic.

“The best thing is the overall structure with classes scheduled around practice and vice versa which helps you give your very best both academically and on the football pitch.

“The standard of football has also been a pleasant surprise.”

Lewis is the son of former Raith Rovers and Morton striker, Warren Hawke, who is currently a club development officer for Morton.