A standout on Central Valley High School’s boys soccer team for the past three seasons, senior striker Gerardo Flores will continue his playing career at Cal State San Bernardino.
He signed a national letter of intent with the Coyotes on April 11.
Central Valley High School celebrated Flores’ accomplishment with a signing-day ceremony on April 16 in the school’s multi-purpose room.
Flores’ parents, twin brother, two sisters and grandparents attended the event, along with coaches, teammates and friends.
“I’ve been training for this since I was a kid. It makes me more hungry to get better and achieve more goals.”Gerardo Flores
“I’m proud of myself,” he said. “I’ve been training for this since I was a kid. It makes me more hungry to get better and achieve more goals.”
Flores visited San Bernardino for the first time in 2018 when former Central Valley teammate/current Coyotes player Angel Lopez toured the campus.
Flores and Lopez will reunite this fall.
“We’re both excited,” Flores said. “It’s going to be fun. We’ve been playing competitive soccer together since my freshman year. We know each other very well. We’re good friends.”
San Bernardino posted a 12-6-1 overall record and advanced to the semifinals of the California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament in 2018.
“I see a good future in the team,” Flores said. “It’s going to be a step up in competition. I’m going to be playing against men. It’s going to drive me to get better. I feel like I’m prepared. I’ve played at a high level most of my life. I’ve played in prestigious tournaments and done well.”
Flores enjoyed a success-filled soccer career with the Hawks.
He collected 63 goals and 22 assists while leading Central Valley to 51 wins, two section finals appearances and one conference title in three years.
“It was fun to play for Central Valley,” Flores said. “We had an amazing group of guys each season.”
Flores was voted 2019 Central California Conference Offensive Player of the Year.
He ranked first on the team in both goals scored (28) and assists (8).
Central Valley amassed a 10-2-0 record en route to a first-place finish in conference play.
“I’m satisfied,” he said. “I played my hardest every game. That’s what matters to me. I’m just proud to say I was a Hawk.”
Flores’ earliest memories of playing soccer were at home with his twin brother Gilberto.
“I remember our first game in Turlock,” Gerardo said. “We scored a lot of goals, five or six each.”
Gilberto plans to play soccer at Modesto Junior College.
“It’s going to be different,” Gerardo said. “We’re going to be on our own. We’ll keep in contact with each other and talk every day. We’ll continue to have a strong bond. He’s on a good path, too. Hopefully, he can join me if everything goes well.”