The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
TUMWATER, Wash.— It has been quite a fall and early winter for Oak Harbor’s Kevin Flavin. The former Shoreline CC Dolphin soccer star made a name for himself with the Evergreen Geoducks scoring crucial goals and racking up honors. Flavin has stayed in the Olympia area and gone indoors with the expansion Tumwater Pioneers. The Pios hosted their home opener on Saturday January 5th and Flavin came through with five goals to win the goalWA.net PASL NW Player of the Week award for week four of the season.
Flavin outscored the rest of his team 5-4, but those nine Pioneer goals still fell short as Marysville rallied for an 11:9 triumph.
“Kevin’s performance Saturday was fun to watch,” says Pioneers’ player/head coach Matt Stalnik. “There are some goals that Kevin has had this season, that as a coach you just shake your head because you know how much talent he has. I think there is more talent in him yet untapped.”
“As an indoor player I would describe him as elusive with a knack for the goal. He just knows how to find the back of the net. He has a clean touch, and can read space well.”
The Evergreen Geoducks made noises in South Sound soccer last fall by making the CCC playoffs and hosting their first-ever home playoff match. Flavin was a central figure in that Geoducks win. After the season Flavin was named an Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete. Kevin has several player of the week honors from both Shoreline and Evergreen and their respective conferences. Flavin finished second on the Geoducks with five goals and first with five assists.
Flavin’s fifth goal on Saturday night gave Tumwater a short-lived 9:8 lead over Marysville.
“As a team mate I would describe him as a fairly humble guy who is just enjoying life,” says Stalnik. ”He came off a good season with Evergreen, and has carried that hunger over to the indoor season. You can tell that when things click for him, he is at peace while still playing with high skill. I would say he makes the hard stuff look easy. Still learning the defensive side of things, I find that Kevin picks up on coaching points well. Look for him to continue to be an offensive threat. I’ve played with a wide variety of players over the years, and Kevin is one of those rare players. If he can keep himself healthy, take care of his mind/body he can accomplish big things. I think for him its just continuing to believe, set goals, and work hard.”