Erica Florez enters her second year with LMU and fourth year of collegiate soccer?as a junior she joined the Lions after transferring from Iowa State University?her first year as a Lion produced all-conference honorable mention honors?was a two-time All-Big 12 selection and named third-team freshman All-America in 1998?a very dangerous one-on-one player with tremendous speed?will be counted on to score more goals in 2001?a clutch goal scorer who has put up 22 goals in three seasons?will compete for starting position?led Bakersfield High School to three championships.
Played in all 19 games for the Lions in her first season at LMU?started in 14 contests?finished tied for second on the team with three goals?added three assists and was tied for second on the team with nine total points?scored the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Santa Clara on Oct. 29?also scored in 3-2 wins against San Diego (Oct. 13) and Arkansas, which was a penalty kick (Sept. 16)?finished the season with 46 shots?had assists against Hawaii (Sept. 17), CS Northridge (Oct. 10) and Pepperdine (Nov. 4).
At Iowa State
Played two seasons for the Cyclones and was released from her scholarship following a coaching change in 1999.
A second-team All-Big 12 Conference selection?led the Cyclones in scoring with 24 points on nine goals and six assists?named to the Big 12 Championship all-tournament team for the second-straight year?earned Most Valuable Player recognition for her performance in ISU?s 5-4 penalty kick win over second-seeded Texas A&M in the quarterfinal round and for her play in the 2-1 loss to Missouri in the semi-final?led ISU in points, goals, game-winning goals, and assists.
Was named the Big 12 Conference Rookie of the Year after finishing 10th among all Big 12 scorers with 24 points on 10 goals and four assists?named to the freshman All-America third team and freshman All-Central Region by Soccer Buzz magazine?the rookie was voted onto the all-conference second team and the Big 12 Championship all-tournament team?she was named Big 12 Player of the Week on Sept. 22?led the team in scoring and goals scored, shattering ISU?s mark for goals scored by a freshman (10).
Florez is a 1998 graduate of Bakersfield High School in Bakersfield, CA?led team to three CIF titles over her career, garnering all-area honors each year?she was named the Bakersfield Californian defensive MVP in 1996?named offensive MVP in 1997 and 1998?was named Player of the Year in 1997 and 1998?a member of the Olympic Development Program?s U-14, U-15 and U-16 district teams and the U-16 state teams?received the 1997 National Cup Fair Play Award with her club team, the Bakersfield Trackers?Florez was the MVP in cross country for two seasons and a two-time CIF state qualifier?prep coach was Leslie O?Connor.
Erica Constance Florez was born on Nov. 15, 1980 in Bakersfield, CA?daughter of Stella and Joe Florez?has one sister, Tiffany?played high school and club soccer with fellow Lion Myka Peck?an elementary education major.