Senior Spotlight: David Flores

Senior helps Lions defense blossom 

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The development of the men’s soccer program at Southwestern Assemblies of God University has begun blooming like flowers.

Part of the reason for such growth is players like David Flores, whose Spanish surname is plural of flor, or ‘flower.’

It has been said that "a flower opens itself to outgrow its plantedness, as it yearns to be carried away." The same can be said of the life of Flores, who desires to give his life in service to God.

The well-spoken senior was born in Central America in San Miguel (pop. 220,000), El Salvador.

He was recruited by former SAGU coach Aaron DeLoach. Flores (FLOHR-eez) graduated from R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton, Texas, northwest of Dallas.

The 5-foot-9 defender was known for his physical play in limiting the offensive attacks of the opposition. He started every game during his three years at SAGU.

SAGU has struggled against league teams in the Red River Athletic Conference, going 7-30-2 over the past four years, scoring 48 (1.2 gpg) and allowing 122 (3.1 gpg).

Outside of the RRAC they fared much better. The Lions had a winning ledger in each season, building a 20-13-3 won-lost-tied mark.

David Flores Bio

NameDavid Antonio Flores
Birthplace:  San Miguel, El Salvador
Parents:  Jose and Milagro Flores
SiblingsCarlos, Amadeo, Dimas, Yessica
High School:  R.L. Turner H.S. (Carrollton, Tx)
Favorite Verse:  Jeremiah 17:7
Favorite Book/Author:  Psalms. William L. Shirer.
Favorite Song and/or MovieThe Struggle by Tenth Avenue North. Movie: Nacho Libre
Favorite Restaurant in Waxahachie:  Jack in the Box
Major at SAGU:  History
Career DirectionTeach at SAGU
Your Immediate Plans:  Get a job immediately!

Q1)  What were your reasons for choosing SAGU?
David Flores
It was a beautiful environment. The people I was going to be working with were all very welcoming.

Q2)  Who were your favorite professors and why?
Flores
I spent a lot of time with my history professors, Dr. Gary McElhany and Dr. Loyd Uglow.

Q3)  How would you summarize your accomplishments (athletically) at SAGU?
Flores:
  Not bad! After winning regionals and going to (NCCAA) nationals in my junior year, I know we could have done better this year.

Q4)  What did you enjoy most about the SAGU experience?
Flores:  
Honestly, learning more about the Bible and the character of God. It shaped my sentiments and world view here at SAGU.

It was worth more than the soccer experience, which I loved.

Q5)  What did you most enjoy about chapel?
Flores:
 I loved the worship every time! We had so many great speakers, I can’t pick just one.

Q6)  What was the most pleasant surprise you experienced at SAGU?
Flores:
  My fiancé (Kaylyn Settle), and now my wife, came to work as an assistant coach for the women’s soccer team while I played my last season.

Q7)  What were favorite memories of playing at SAGU?
Flores
Winning the (NCCAA Central) regional tournament in 2011 while being the underdog in every game, and making so many friends in three years.

Q8)  What did you most appreciate from the athletic leadership on your team?
Flores
The coaching staff was always supportive. They were brothers in Christ, first, and that made the difference.

It was a pleasure to be led by Coach (Aaron) DeLoach my first year at SAGU and Coach Clem (Oancea) in my last year. I appreciate their love for God and how much they want to use soccer to reach the lost.

Q9)  Did you ever participate in any ministry or service projects with the team?
Flores:
  Soccer camps. The last one was held in South Texas (Leakey, Tx – pronounced LAY-kee). I was able to create the camp’s curriculum and direct the camp with the help of my teammates and as well as the women’s soccer team.

Q10)  Your biggest win or best game or best play – when, against who, what happened?
Flores:
  The biggest was against Southwestern College (Ks), a 9-1 win. We possessed the ball maybe 90% of the time.

The best game was at the NCCAA nationals in Orlando. It was a 2-2 draw against Grace College (Ind). We came back from trailing 0-2 and tied it before losing on penalty kicks.

Best play happened in the first game of the regional tournament against Southwestern Christian University (Ok). After they tied us in the last 10 minutes of the game, I assisted Danny Martinez that drew a penalty in the box. Alex (Vazquez) scored the winning PK.

Q11)  How do you describe the competition you faced in the NAIA, NCCAA, RRAC?
Flores:
  I expected the NAIA to be tough. But I never expected the toughness we faced last year in the national tournament, though the NCCAA is a mix of NAIA, NCAA D2 and D3 schools.

Q12)  What aspect of the game will you miss the most, or what dynamic will you long for the most?
Flores:
  The feeling you get after saving a goal and getting the ball back for your team.

Q13)  What would you have liked to have received or accomplished while wearing the purple and gold?
Flores:
  Back-to-back regional championships

Q14)  Any post-college plans that utilize your athletic career?
Flores:
  Finish graduate school, coach, teach at SAGU, and do tons of sports ministry projects.

Q15)  How would like to be remembered as a player?
Flores:
  As someone who cared more about God and people than the game itself.

The bilingual Flores did not resist the temptation to bodily forbid foes from roaming freely in the scoring zone, many times drawing a foul or yellow card.

In regards to sharing his faith, there was nothing yellow about Flores either. Like his play on the soccer pitch, he was a catalyst in all things.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 469-658-2847.

SAGU Men’s Soccer - Last Four Years

Season Overall Record GF-GA RRAC Record GF-GA
2012 6-12 31-48 2-9 13-36
2011 10-9-5 47-51 4-5-2 20-21
2010 6-12 23-49 1-8 7-33
2009 5-10 20-42 0-8 8-32

Head Coaches: Clem Oancea 2012, Gerald Nichols 2011, Aaron DeLoach 2010 and Tim Grant 2009.

NAIA - National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. NCCAA - National Christian College Athletic Association.

 

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Nov 29, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Taxed early for maxed returns late Capt. Cabrera leads ‘Cats near his Tampa home WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- With his soccer teammates a 'far trek' from home, Captain Sam Cabrera wil...

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Men's Soccer bound for Orlando

Men's Soccer bound for Orlando

Nov 28, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Seeded 8th, SAGU faces #1 on Wed. All games available free on livestream video WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- After winning their first-ever Central Regional Championship in the National Christian Co...

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Soccer Lions surprise CBC, 5-1, advance to NCCAA Nationals in Orlando

Soccer Lions surprise CBC, 5-1, advance to NCCAA Nationals in Orlando

Nov 21, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

SAGU pulls soccer shocker behind Sturgeon, Martinez WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- It doesn’t classify as large as the surprise when Harry Truman stunned the nation by winning the presidency over t...

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Lions soccer team in today's final

Nov 19, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

SAGU tops MACU, 2-0 Martinez scores twice on Ramos, Elliott assists WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University’s men’s soccer team and top-seeded Central Bap...

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Lions enter soccer regional as 6th seed

Lions enter soccer regional as 6th seed

Nov 15, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

SAGU plays SWCU Thursday at 2:30pm Tourney field has 6 teams vying for a nationals berth WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University will serve as host for the Central Re...

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Lions impressive in loss to champs

Lions impressive in loss to champs

Oct 30, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

SAGU prepares to host NCCAA Regional Ballah header ties game before Tillotson take crown, 3-1 WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Displaying a gritty defense and an undying spirit, the Southwestern A...

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Coach Nichols, Looking Ahead

Coach Nichols, Looking Ahead

Oct 25, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Men's Soccer has much to play for SAGU is 7-6-4 heading into home finale vs. #1 HTU WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s soccer team will be on...

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Lions win on Martinez golden goal

Lions win on Martinez golden goal

Oct 24, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Men's Soccer Lions edge USW in OT, 2-1 Southwestern plays Rams at home on Saturday HOBBS, New Mexico -- Silence is golden. So are game-winning goals in overtime. When Southwestern A...

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Athletic Student Profile: Joe Ballah, future medical missionary to Liberia

Athletic Student Profile: Joe Ballah, future medical missionary to Liberia

Oct 21, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Waxahachie, TX – October 21, 2011 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) sophomore Joe Ballah was recruited by Aaron DeLoach last year to play on SAGU’s men’s so...

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Thursday SAGU Sports Ticker

Thursday SAGU Sports Ticker

Oct 21, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Lions Soccer teams fall in Ft. Worth Southwestern travels to New Mexico for Sat. games W-Soccer Lady Lions can't keep up with Rams FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Lady Lions fended off thi...

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Men's Soccer has eyes on tourney

Men's Soccer has eyes on tourney

Oct 19, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Lions can enter with pair of wins Final 3-games begin against Texas Wesleyan on Thursday WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The regular season is heading into its final two weeks and the men’s socc...

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Heartbreaking finish for Men's Soccer

Heartbreaking finish for Men's Soccer

Oct 16, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Scorpions awake just in time Ramos goal held up until final 11 minutes WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Three goals in the final eleven minutes by the University of Texas at Brownsville handed Southwes...

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Men's Soccer tied by OLLU

Men's Soccer tied by OLLU

Oct 15, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Parker, Ballah, Vazquez score in overtime match 1st place Saints rally to salvage 3-3 deadlock WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Only a late, tying goal by Our Lady of the Lake University avoided a big ...

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Men's Soccer falls to UST, 2-1

Men's Soccer falls to UST, 2-1

Oct 09, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Sturgeon-to-Martinez hook-up scores again WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The men’s soccer team at Southwestern Assemblies of God University took a 1-0 lead into the second half against the Universi...

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Lions unhappy in scoreless tie

Lions unhappy in scoreless tie

Oct 07, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Winless Wiley scratches out stalemate SAGU outshoots the Wildcats, 32-10 WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The unpopularity of ties in American sports is reflected in the saying, "A tie is like kis...

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Men's soccer hosts Wiley today

Men's soccer hosts Wiley today

Oct 06, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Lions can add to string of wins Martinez, Sturgeon, Vazquez are league leaders WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s soccer team will entertain...

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Kickin' the Steers, 5-2

Oct 02, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Martinez, Sturgeon combine for two goals Lions three-second half scores topples Texas College   HOUSTON, Texas --  "Kickin’ It" is a new Disney comedy based on...

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SAGU, Vazquez, top Bacone, 3-0

Sep 30, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

"Old-timer" sparks Lions attack  Seasoned-veteran takes kidding, delivers the goods!  WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Alex Vazquez is teased endlessly by his teammates for being t...

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Men's Soccer hosts Bacone

Sep 28, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Take 5 with Coach Nichols Key home games Thursday and Saturday   WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The men’s soccer team at Southwestern Assemblies of God University are facing a mid-seas...

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Lions are victors on Vazquez kick

Sep 25, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Penalty Kick determines the outcome Performance by Martinez leads SAGU to 2-1 win   SHREVEPORT, Louisiana -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s soccer team s...

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Knights rally late for 3-2 soccer win

Sep 24, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Lions had 2-0 lead after 64 minutes   CEDAR HILL, Texas -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University built a 2-0 lead with twenty-six minutes to play, but couldn’t hold it as Nor...

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Lions soccer team blanketed by rain, UHV, 3-0

Sep 18, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Lions game shortened due to rain and darkness   VICTORIA, Texas -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s soccer team, needing some thunder on the field, had their g...

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SAGU, behind Martinez goals, ties U-D, 2-2

Sep 15, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Lions play superbly, Coach Nichols claims   IRVING, Texas -- After giving the effort it takes to win, the Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s soccer team had to settl...

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Martinez powers Lions to soccer win

Sep 12, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Junior forward scores twice as SAGU wins, 4-1   WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- In one of their best offensive performances of the young season, Southwestern Assemblies of God University thumped ...

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Soccer Men Come Up Short

Soccer Men Come Up Short

Sep 07, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Late Rally, Lions Foiled, 4-2 Paz, Salvato contribute goals   WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Despite dominating for more than half of Monday’s soccer game at Lion Pride Park, Southwest...

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SAGU Surges to 4-1 Soccer Win

Aug 21, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Ramos, Avila spark Lions WAXAHACHIE, Texas  -- Jonathan Ramos scored a tie-breaking goal early in the second half to lead Southwestern Assemblies of God University to a 4-1 triumph over Wa...

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Men's 2011 Soccer Debut

Men's 2011 Soccer Debut

Aug 20, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

SAGU hosts to Wayland Baptist on Saturday Projected Line-Up is Announced WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s soccer team will kickoff ...

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Nichols named head soccer coach

Nichols named head soccer coach

Aug 04, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Waxahachie, TX - August 4, 2011 - Southwestern Assemblies of God University announced Gerald Nichols as the men’s head soccer coach, Monday, August 1, 2011. “We are excited about th...

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