Morningside broke one school record and tied three others during the 2015 women’s soccer season.
Amy Grause, a junior forward from Sioux City, broke the Morningside College record for assists in a game during the 2015 women’s soccer season.
Grause dealt four assists in Morningside’s 6-2 victory against Dordt College on Oct. 13 to break the Mustangs’ previous record of three assists in a game that had been achieved nine times before.
The Mustangs also tied one individual school record and tied a pair of team records during the 2015 campaign, which ranked as one of the best in the history of the program. Morningside posted a 15-6-1 record, finished second in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) standings with an 8-3 league mark, and won the GPAC Post-Season Tournament championship with a 2-1 victory against Concordia University to qualify for the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship tournament for the third time in school history.
Niccole McGuire, a sophomore goal keeper from Rapid City, S.D., was the Mustangs’ goal keeper of record in each of their 22 contests with a record of 15-6-1 to tie a school record for the most goal keeper victories in a season. She tied a record of 15 wins that was previously set by Kelly Berst in 2006.
The Mustangs’ ability to win on the road was a key ingredient in their success. Morningside posted a record of 8-3-1 away from home to tie a school record for road wins previously set in the 2006 campaign. Morningside had a 5-0-1 record away from home from Sept. 1 to Sept. 27 to tie a school record of six consecutive games on the road without a loss that was first set in 2007.
Amy Samuelson, a senior forward from Sioux City, was the Mustangs’ leading scorer with a team-high 17 goals to go along with 12 assists for 46 points for the fifth highest single-season scoring total in Morningside history. She also led the Mustangs with five game winning goals for the sixth highest total in the Morningside record book. Samuelson’s 12 assists and 17 goals ranked sixth and seventh, respectively, among the Mustangs’ all-time single-season bests.
Samuelson finished her career as the fifth leading scorer in Morningside history with 37 goals and 28 assists for 102 points. Her 28 career assists is the third highest total in Morningside history, while her 37 goals ranks fifth. She ranks fourth in Morningside history with 12 career game winning goals.
Grause finished a close second behind Samuelson on the Mustangs’ scoring chart with 14 goals and a team-high 13 assists for 41 points. Her 13 assists was the fourth highest total in Morningside history, while her 41 points was the 10th highest scoring total in the Mustangs’ annals.
Grause moved into seventh place on Morningside’s all-time scoring list with 70 career points. She also ranks seventh in Morningside history with seven career game winning goals and is eighth with 25 career goals and 20 career assists.
The Mustangs had a third double figure goal scorer in Merle Bublitz, a freshman midfielder from Burgwedel, Germany, who tallied 10 goals and nine assists to rank third on the Mustangs’ scoring chart with 29 points. Bublitz’s 29 points would have made her the leading scorer for eight of the other 11 teams in the GPAC.
McGuire, who guarded the Mustangs’ goal for all but 48 minutes of the season, had a 15-6-1 record with 124 saves, 4.5 shutouts, and a goals against average of 1.38 goals per game. Aside from tying a Morningside record with her 15 goal keeper wins, McGuire’s 124 saves was the second highest single-season total in school history and her 4.5 shutouts and 1.38 goals against average ranked seventh in the Mustangs’ record book.
McGuire ranks fourth in Morningside history with 16 career goal keeper victories and fifth with 173 career saves and 4.5 career shutouts. She is the Mustangs’ all-time leader with 45 career saves in post-season competition.