Arlington Lamar’s Jasub Flores breaks school records
Anytime you walk the halls at Arlington Lamar, you’ll find “Flores” as the best scorer in boys soccer program history.
For more than two years it was Carlos Flores, who graduated in 2017 and is now at Midwestern State. But after Tuesday night, the Vikings will have to change it to “Jasub” after little brother took over the reign.
Jasub (pronounced Yasub), who’s a junior, scored twice vs. YMLA to break two records previously held by his older brother, single season goals and career goals, and he did it in three years.
“I’m very happy and excited about being able to break it,” Jasub said. “Growing up with my brother has been pretty cool, always following him everywhere from state to state and field to field watching him play. Aside from all the competition, it’s a lot of love and respect for each other as we both get happy watching the other succeed.
“I’m glad I got the chance to make my family, coaches and friends proud, but I couldn’t have done it without the team.”
With his first goal vs. YMLA, Jasub broke Carlos’ record of 33 goals in a season and 60 in a career, both set when Carlos was a senior. After his two on Tuesday, Jasub has 35 and 62, respectively.
“Jasub breaking my career and season records is a very proud moment for my family and I,” Carlos said. “I’m very happy for him and all the work he has put in so he most definitely earned that title. If anyone was going to break my record, I wanted it to be my brother and it happened so I am extremely happy that at least the “Flores” last name will still be on top of that category.”
“It’s a teacher and student moment really,” Lamar coach Sunny Soeun added. “Jasub looks up to Carlos, who is a phenomenal player in his own right. I’ve known Jasub for 6 or 7 years now and it’s been special to watch Jasub grow and develop into the player he is.”
Jasub tied the mark on March 8 vs. Paschal. Both goals came via the penalty kick. Against YMLA, senior Austin Sparks was fouled in the box and instead of taking the attempt himself, he gave the ball to Jasub and said, “this one’s yours.”
“It was really big for Jasub and Austin. It was a great moment,” Soeun said. “It worked out well. He was anxious and nervous to take it, but he buried the goal. It’s something to be proud of. Now the pressure is off. Everyone knew about the records so he was playing tense at times. Now that he’s accomplished it, he can play his game and a little looser.”
Carlos was an all-state player as a senior with 33 goals and 17 assists. This season, Jasub has 35 goals and 10 assists as Lamar is playoff bound. The postseason begins March 28.
“I always practiced with his team growing up because I wanted to get better,” Jasub said. “We’re very competitive and still are, even in the little things such as goals a game, assists, who plays better and even video games.”
The brothers are so close that Jasub committed to Midwestern State to join Carlos. His plans are to graduate after the fall semester and enroll early next spring where they’ll have a chance to play together in college for two years.
“Playing at MSU with him is going to be very exciting for us and our family. We’ll share the school and field once again,” Jasub said. “Carlos was a big part of why I chose MSU.”
“My relationship with my brother has always been close. When it comes to competing we always want to be the best and beat each other,” Carlos added. “When we got to play a season at Lamar, we always competed in every training and every game. We always want the best for each other and as the older brother, it’s my job to make sure I set the bar high for him to try to reach it.
“He did a great job in reaching this goal I set for him, but now that he’s going to attend MSU with me soon, it’s my job to set new challenges for him and make it very difficult so he can grow as a player and most importantly a person.”