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Yavapai soccer’s Perez Flores again earns All-America honors

College Soccer

Yavapai's Jose Perez Flores (25) drives the ball upfield as the Roughriders take on the Pima Community College Aztecs Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 at Ken Lindley Field in Prescott.(Les Stukenberg/Courier)

Yavapai's Jose Perez Flores (25) drives the ball upfield as the Roughriders take on the Pima Community College Aztecs Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 at Ken Lindley Field in Prescott.(Les Stukenberg/Courier)

PRESCOTT — United Soccer Coaches this week selected Yavapai College star sophomore midfielder Jose Perez Flores to its Division I Junior College Men’s All-America Team for the second straight season.

In 2018, Perez Flores of McMinnville, Oregon, affectionately known as “Pepsi,” became the prestigious Roughriders program’s all-time leader in assists with 38. He also scored 30 goals in a Yavapai uniform.

Last year, United Soccer Coaches named Perez Flores as the only freshman in the country on its 2017 All-America Team. Perez Flores’ most recent selection represents the 63rd All-American award for Yavapai College’s seven-time NJCAA national championship-winning program.

The Roughriders, who finished their 2018 campaign by losing, 1-0, in the NJCAA’s Region I Tournament semifinals to eventual national champion Pima Community College Oct. 25 in Tucson, will play their 31st season on the pitch in 2019.

ABOUT UNITED SOCCER COACHES

Established in 1941 and based in Kansas City, Missouri, United Soccer Coaches (formerly known as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America) has grown into the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization.

The annual All-American luncheon will take place in conjunction with the association’s national convention Jan. 19, 2019, in Chicago.

Yavapai College’s athletic department provided most of the information for this story.

Doug Cook is a reporter for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter at @dougout_dc. Email him at dcook@prescottaz.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2039.