Morningside’s men’s soccer team broke three school records in a highly successful 2016 season.
Morningside’s men’s soccer team broke three school records during a 2016 season that was one of the most successful in the history of the program.
The Mustangs finished the campaign with a record of 14-5-1 to fall one victory shy of a school record 15 triumphs in 2004, but set a school record with a .725 winning percentage to break its former record of a .700 victory rate from a 14-6 finish in 2002.
Morningside limited its opposition to 205 shots for an average of only 10.2 shots per game. The 205 shots allowed were the fewest in school history, breaking the previous record for the fewest shots allowed of 229 in the 2009 season.
The Mustangs tied a record with 12 assists in a game in a 9-0 victory against Mount Marty College on Sept. 11. Morningside also had 12 assists in a 13-0 triumph against Mount Marty last season.
Tim Erdmann, a sophomore goal keeper from Hamburg, Germany, was an individual record breaker for the Mustangs. Erdmann had a 12-5-1 record for a .694 winning percentage to break the former single-season winning percentage record of .688 by Cole Witthauer, who had an 11-5 record as the Mustangs’ goal keeper in 2002.
Erdmann won two games by shutout and allowed an average of 1.66 goals per game. His 12 goal keeper victories was the second highest single-season total in Morningside history, while his 1.66 goals against average and 80 saves ranked sixth and ninth, respectively, among the Mustangs’ single-season bests.
Erdmann moved into third place in the Mustangs’ record book with 17 career goal keeper victories, fourth with three career shutouts, and fifth with 139 career saves.
Joao Soares, a junior forward from Campinas, Brazil, tied a Morningside single-season record by scoring the game winning goal in six of the Mustangs’ victories. He tied a record first set by Brandon Wylie in 2004 and matched by Jesse Rodriguez last season.
Soares with the Mustangs’ leading scorer with a team-high 14 goals to go along with five assists for 33 points. His 14 goals was the fourth highest single-season total in Morningside history and his 33 points ranked fifth among the college’s all-time single season bests.
Soares moved into sixth place on Morningside’s all-time career scoring lists with 22 goals and 56 points, respectively. He ranks 10th in the Mustangs’ annals with 12 career assists.
Corsin Bundi, a freshman forward from Hochdorf, Switzerland, was the Mustangs’ team leader with nine assists for the fourth highest single-season total in Morningside history. Bundi, who also scored four goals, was the Mustangs’ fourth leading scorer with 17 points.
Tom Karshuening, a sophomore midfielder from Satrup, Germany, provided the game winning goal in three of the Mustangs’ victories for the 10th highest single-season total in Morningside history. Karshuening was the Mustangs’ scoring runner-up with totals of eight goals, six assists, and 22 points.
Karshuening is the ninth leading scorer in Morningside history with 16 career goals and 44 career points and is 10th in the Mustangs’ record book with 12 career assists.
Morningside finished fourth in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) regular season standings with a 5-4 league record. The Mustangs reached the semifinals of the GPAC Post-Season Tournament, where they lost 4-2 against eventual NAIA National Champion Hastings College.