Senior goalkeeper Janelle Flores received her sixth Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week honor for her standout performances during the week of Sept. 11-17. In that week Flores had a season high—seven saves in the Bronco’s win against Weber State. Flores gave her defensive teammates all the credit for receiving this honor.
Her fiery passion isn’t just apparent on the field, it also shows in her cultural pride. Flores said in this current political climate she has become more conscientious about her roots.
“My grandparents are immigrants, and I’m Mexican American,” Flores said. “Being raised Catholic my family prays and does their hail marys before anything.”
Flores is appreciative of everything she is granted, and also acknowledges that when she first joined the program she was the only latina on the team.
Flores grew up in Hesperia, California with her mom, dad and her brother. She is the only one to attend a four year university with an athletic scholarship.
“My mom was in drill team so she says ‘(Janelle) you get your athleticism from me,’” Flores said.
Flores committed to Boise State her senior year of high school, and since then she’s earned multiple honors and awards. She was the first Bronco goalkeeper in the program’s history to be named to First Team All Mountain West in 2016.
“She’s the heart and soul, and truly the spine of our team from an emotional compass standpoint,” said head coach Jim Thomas. “She cares for every single player regardless of their stature, and that enables everyone around her to respond in kind. I have never coached a player like Janelle that cares for every person she comes in contact with—both inside and outside our program.”
Flores puts everything she has into every game she plays. This spring Flores will be graduating with a degree in psychology and a minor in Spanish. According to Flores, it’s about time for her to start thinking about life after soccer.
“I’m addicted, so I think it will be really hard for me when i’m not playing anymore,” Flores said.
Flores noted she is incredibly thankful for the coaching staff she has had throughout her collegiate career. She feels especially thankful towards former soccer pro—and now Boise State goalie—coach Maite Zabala.
“She’s my idol,” Flores said.
Flores isn’t sure yet what she wants to do after college, but her love of soccer and the mentors she’s had in the past keeps coaching in the back of her mind.
“I want to be surrounded by soccer for my whole life,” Flores said.