Texas sophomore forward Mikayla Flores waves to the crowd before UT's 2-1 win over Rice at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Aug. 18, 2017. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

BEVO BEAT Soccer

Graduation to mark the end of soccer player Mikayla Flores’ athletic career at Texas

Posted May 18th, 2018

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Texas has announced that 78 of its student-athletes will soon receive their diplomas. Not everyone will quit wearing burnt orange, though.

Football players Jerrod Heard, Andrew Beck and Elijah Rodriguez, for example, are exhaust their remaining eligibility during the 2018-19 school year. The same goes for outfielder Tate Shaw. Soccer player Mikayla Flores, however, has decided to call it a career.

Flores declared earlier this year that she will not return to UT’s soccer team this fall. Due to knee injuries, Flores missed the 2014 and 2016 seasons and actually had two years of eligibility left. Flores, who is majoring in psychology and minoring in chemistry, will instead focus on attending medical school.

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A California native, Flores was Texas’ second-leading scorer and a member of the Big 12’s all-freshman team in 2015. Injured 22 minutes into the first match of the 2016 season, Flores returned a year later to tally a goal and three assists for a Longhorn team that reached the third round of the NCAA tournament. She played in all 21 of Texas’ matches.

Even without Flores, Texas will have plenty of experience on its roster this upcoming season. Of UT’s four graduates, only Flores played in more than one match in 2017.

Texas opens its 2018 season at Rice on Aug. 17.

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