Mustangs break two school records
Morningside’s men’s soccer team broke two school records and tied two other records during the 2017 season.
The Mustangs had 14 assists in an 11-0 victory against Presentation College in their season opener to break their former single-game record of 12 assists in victories against Mount Marty College in the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
Morningside limited its opposition to 181 shots to shatter its previous record for fewest shots by an opponent set last year when it allowed only 205 shots.
The Mustangs did not allow a shot in a 4-0 shutout victory against the University of Jamestown on Oct. 7 to tie a record for fewest shots allowed in a game previously set in a 2015 triumph against Mount Marty.
Joao Soares, a senior forward from Campinas, Brazil, tied a Morningside record for most assists in a game when he dealt three in the Mustangs’ 14-0 win against Presentation on Aug. 27.
Soares was the Mustangs’ leading scorer this season with a team-high nine goals and seven assists for 25 points for the 10th highest single-season point total in the Morningside record book.
Soares finished his career as the fourth leading scorer in Morningside history with 81 career points. He ranks third in the Mustangs’ record book with 31 career goals, 19 career assists and eight career game winning goals.
Juan Pablo Jochems, a junior midfielder from Ugchelen, Netherlands, and Joschua Schanda, a junior midfielder from Villingen, Germany, were the Mustangs’ co-leaders with two game winning goals.
Aside from Soares, the Mustangs had one other double figure point scorer in Austin Lingle, a freshman forward from Sioux City, who scored four goals and two assists for 10 points.
Tim Erdmann, a junior goalkeeper from Hamburg, Germany, was the goalkeeper of record in 15 of the Mustangs’ 18 contests. Erdmann posted a 7-6-2 record, led the Mustangs with 53 saves and allowed an average of 1.52 goals per game. His goals against average of 1.52 goals per game was the fifth best single-season mark in Morningside history. Erdmann’s .533 goalkeeper winning percentage and seven goalkeeper victories were the seventh and eighth best single-season performances, respectively, in the Mustangs’ record book.
Erdmann ranks second in Morningside history with 24 career goalkeeper victories and fourth with 192 career saves.
Morningside posted a 9-6-3 record during the 2017 season and finished fifth in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) standings with a 5-4 league mark.