Trimble Tech Athlete is school's first girl to earn soccer scholarship
April 14, 2011Green B Trimble Tech High Sch
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By Carlos Mendez
Alondra Flores had a lot of goals for her soccer career at Fort Worth Trimble Tech. Earning a soccer scholarship wasn't one of them, but now she's done that, too.
The senior signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play soccer at Texas A&M Commerce, becoming the first player from the Fort Worth school to sign a soccer scholarship.
"I thought it was just something I would do for fun," she said. "I didn't think it would be something this serious. But it's something that I love."
Flores was one of seven Fort Worth school district athletes who signed or were expected to sign letters of intent Wednesday, the first day of the spring signing period. They were recognized, along with 22 other athletes, by the school district Wednesday morning at the Crowne Plaza Fort Worth South.
Also signing or expected to sign Wednesday were Dunbar girls basketball player Ebonee' Tate (Paris Junior College), Paschal football player Morgan Hix (Trinity), Southwest girls soccer player Mari Katherine LaPointe (Cisco College), Western Hills girls soccer player Jayden Crawford (McMurry), Western Hills football player James Poole (Austin College).
Flores finished her career at Trimble Tech with more than 60 goals and a district MVP award. Two years ago, she was part of the first Trimble Tech girls soccer team to win a playoff game.
"I had goals set - one by one," she said. "My first goal as a freshman was to make varsity, then to make the playoffs. Then I got awarded all-district. My junior year, my goal was to be captain. And my senior year I was captain and district MVP. One by one, things kept coming, and I kept striving to be better."
Trimble Tech coach Spencer Spivey said he could see unusual talent in Flores early on.
"From the get-go, you could tell she was going to make a splash," he said. "She led the team in scoring her freshman year. We were a playoff team that year. We were a playoff team all four years. Before that, we had not had a lot of playoff success. She got on campus, things kind of changed."
The push for a soccer scholarship came late, but Flores said it worked out fine.
"When I first started looking at schools, it was more academically," she said. "Just this year, I started getting offers. The coach offered me a scholarship to play for Commerce, and I took it. I loved the campus, and I'm happy about it."
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