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home : sports : sports   May 24, 2016

4/27/2013 1:24:00 AM
Ottawa's Flowers signs to play soccer with Concordia University

Chris Yucus
NewsTribune Photographer

OTTAWA — Ottawa senior Briggitte Flowers had plenty of reasons to pick Concordia University in Chicago as the place to continue to her soccer career.

Concordia women’s soccer coach Thomas Goines hopes that Flowers can provide plenty of goals for the NCAA Division III program in Chicago.

“What is there not to like?” laughed Flowers, who committed to play at Concordia during ceremony Wednesday at Ottawa Township High School, when asked what she liked about the school. “Their girls program is really good. … (and other reasons are) the class size, they had my major, the location and I love the campus.

“I fell in love with the people and also the team when I went and visited. They made me really feel a part of it and that was one of the major things.”

Goines said he is glad to be bringing in an offensive threat like Flowers, Ottawa’s all-time leading scorer with 51 career goals who has 11 already this spring.

“We’re really excited about having her join our team,” Goines said. “She’s done a lot of great work for her high school team and been very productive on the offensive side. We hope she continues that progress with us and if she is as consistent scoring as she is with her high school team, we’ll love it. We’ll absolutely love it for us.”

Goines said Flowers has what it takes to play at the next level.

“When it comes to the athletic difference when you go to the collegiate level, you definitely have to have attributes that stand out,” Goines said. “A player (like Flowers) who has the strength component to go with speed usually fares well in the college game because they’re able to take the initial ‘wow’ factor with their physicality and still have their speed. It’s exciting to get a player who can do that.”

Chris Yucus can reached at 220-6995 or at Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsChris.

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