The leading scorer in NCAA Division I men’s soccer doesn’t reside in Southern California or in the lovely rolling hills of Virginia.
He resides in Bowling Green, Ohio. Sophomore forward Pat Flynn leads the nation with 13 goals and was recently named the MAC Conference’s Scholar Athlete of the Week.
Not bad for a kid who played in just 15 games last year. Flynn’s play is making a huge difference for the Falcons who lead the nation in scoring.
Coming out of high school, Flynn was named an All-American by the Chicago Sun-Times and Daily Herald Player of the Year, He led his high school to the state playoffs championship game and he set records in scoring and points.
It seems that his good play has continued into his college career. Already in one game this year, he scored five goals in a victory against Findlay.
Head Coach Eric Nichols attributes his team’s success this year to hard work which he talked about in a recent interview with Bowling Green News.
“We’re leading the nation in scoring and that’s because we put ourselves on frame,” he said, “When we’re missing the frame we’re not giving it a chance. These guys are better than that.”
In the same article, Flynn says he doesn’t mind that the team leans on him for scoring opportunities.
“Each person steps up individually and if you look at it collectively, there is a lot of good stuff going on,” Flynn said, “It happened to fall on me early in the season, but it’s really a team effort. Our team is up there in every statistic.”
Flynn and his teammates seem to have the kind of attitude that breeds winners and builds champions. The Falcons are starting a foundation with a winning attitude and an unselfish mindset.
It doesn’t hurt either that their foundation is being build around a high school All-American and who just so happens is a pretty good scorer as well.
And with some help from his teammates and hard –working head coach, Flynn and Bowling Green won’t go unnoticed on the national front too much longer.