In defense of the faith
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
Name: David Antonio Flores
Birthplace: San Miguel, El Salvador
Parents: Jose and Milagro Flores
Siblings: Carlos, 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 Movie: The Struggle by Tenth Avenue North. Movie: Nacho Libre
Favorite Restaurant in Waxahachie: Jack in the Box
Major at SAGU: History
Career Direction: Teach 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.
SAGU Men’s Soccer - Last Four Years
|Season||Overall Record||GF-GA||RRAC Record||GF-GA|
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.