Girls Soccer: Versatile senior Jessica Flores shines as third sister to play for Munster
By Michael Osipoff 713-2485 or firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @MichaelOsipoff August 17, 2014 9:12PM
Munster's Jessica Flores, left, arrives too late to stop the goal-scoring shot of Crown Point's Sarah Rivich midway through the second half of their regional game at Valparaiso Wednesday Oct. 10, 2012. The goal tied the game and the Bull Dogs went on to w
Updated: August 18, 2014 2:05AM
Jessica Flores was never on the same Munster team as her sisters. The senior, a center midfielder for the vast majority of her career with the Mustangs, has played a different position from Danielle, an outside midfielder who graduated in 2007, and Kaitlyn, a defender who graduated in ’09.
So Jessica Flores has avoided much comparison, stayed mostly clear of the “shadows,” as she put it. But even if there had been an overlap or more similarities, she still would have shined as a bright a light.
Flores is a four-year starter, coming off a season in which she was an All-State honorable mention selection, posting seven goals and 15 assists. She has verbally committed to IUPUI.
“She’s a very unselfish player,” Munster coach Valerie Pflum said. “She’s all about helping everybody else get better than getting the goals. We want her to continue that role and take shots when she has them, being even more of a threat on the field than she already is.”
To that end, Flores could see time at center forward this season, with the Mustangs possibly shifting to a 4-3-3 formation from a 4-4-2.
“That could put her in a position to shoot more,” Pflum said. “She’s fast, so she has the speed to track the ball down. At the same time, she could still hold the ball and be a distributor. It could be a good role for her.”
Flores is amenable to any spot. She has played forward for her club team, albeit on the outside.
“As a center mid, I like getting the ball more and helping defend more, but I can transition to center forward,” said Flores, who had 10 goals and six assists as a sophomore. “I can have more opportunities to score, and I can still use my passing skills, and still work with the center mids to make plays.
“I just hope I can make a bigger impact this year with my team than I did in past years, hopefully stand out to qualify for a higher All-State team, and help us win conference and go far in the postseason.”
As a freshman, Flores actually began as an outside midfielder, before quickly moving to the middle. She has partnered with classmate Cayla Bales ever since.
“With her sisters, Jessica is the most positionally flexible,” said Pflum, noting Flores played sweeper last season after the Mustangs’ starter suffered a concussion. “She’s just gifted and can play multiple positions equally well.”