Morningside’s men’s soccer team broke four school records and tied three other records during the 2015 season.
Jesse Rodriguez had a knack for scoring goals in crucial situations during the 2015 Morningside College men’s soccer season.
Rodriguez, a senior forward from South Sioux City, Neb., scored seven goals this past season and six of them were the deciding scores in Mustang victories. Rodriguez tied a school record with his six game winning goals to match a Morningside standard that was previously set by B.J. Wylie during the 2004 season. Rodriguez was the Mustangs’ second leading scorer with seven goals and one assist for 15 points.
Tom Karshuening, a freshman midfielder from Satrup, Germany, led the Mustangs in scoring with a team-high eight goals to go along with six assists for 22 points. Karshuening tied a school record by scoring a point in eight consecutive games in a stretch that extended from Sept. 5 to Oct. 3. He tied a record that was previously set by Tim McCabe during the 2005 campaign.
Tobias Schomerus, a freshman midfielder from Heidelberg, Germany, also had a school record tying performance. Schomerus, the Mustangs’ co-leader with seven assists, dealt three assists in the Mustangs’ 13-0 victory against Mount Marty College on Sept. 6 to tie Morningside’s single-game record.
Joao Soares, a sophomore forward from Campinas, Brazil, was the Mustangs’ other co-leader with seven assists. Soares also scored three goals and finished the season as the Mustangs’ third leading scorer with 13 points.
Aside from their three individual school-record tying performances, the Mustangs broke four team school records, all in their 13-0 triumph against Mount Marty on Sept. 6. The 13 goals topped the Mustangs’ previous single-game scoring best of nine goals in a 9-2 victory against Concordia University during the 2004 season and the 13-goal victory margin broke the Mustangs’ former record of a seven-goal winning margin in the 9-2 win against Concordia and an 8-1 triumph against Concordia in 2006. Morningside had 12 assists in the win against Mount Marty to break its former single-game record of nine assists in the two wins against Concordia. The Mustangs did not allow a shot in the win against Mount Marty to breaks its former record for fewest shots by an opponent of three shots in games against Clarke University in 2002 and against Mount Marty in 2005.
Tim Erdmann, a freshman from Hamburg, Germany, led the Mustangs’ goal keepers with a 59 saves and a goals against average of 1.53 goals per game. He also led the Mustangs’ goal keepers in victories with a 5-4 record. His 1.53 goals against average was the fifth best single-season average in Morningside history.
Carter Donahue, a freshman goal keeper from Gretna, Neb., had a 4-2-1 record with 22 saves and a goals against average of 1.77 goals per game for the sixth lowest single-season average in the Mustangs’ record book.
Morningside was the most improved team in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) during the 2015 season when it posted a 10-7-1 record and finished fifth in the GPAC standings with a 5-4-1 league mark following a 2014 season where it went 4-14 overall and 1-9 in the league.