Katelynn Flack, center, poses for a picture on Wednesday with her family and Farmington High soccer coach Shannon Gill, top left, at Scorpion Gym in
Katelynn Flack, center, poses for a picture on Wednesday with her family and Farmington High soccer coach Shannon Gill, top left, at Scorpion Gym in Farmington. Flack has signed to play soccer for New Mexico Highlands University. (Joshua Perry — The Daily Times)

FARMINGTON — Farmington High senior Katelynn Flack will get the opportunity to continue her soccer career while remaining close to home.

Flack will play next season for New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas after signing her National Letter of Intent.

Flack scored eight goals and had five assists in 2013 as she helped the Lady Scorpions win the District 1-4A title and advance to the 4A state semifinals this past season.

Flack said she looks forward to playing at the college level.

"It means a lot. All the hard work has paid off," said Flack, who was named a 4A All-State honorable mention in 2013. "It's a great opportunity to continue playing the game I love."

FHS head coach Shannon Gill said it's always good to see players continue their careers, and she hopes Flack's success will motivate others in the Lady Scorps program to continue working.

"It's awesome," Gill said. "I think it speaks volumes of the girls who come through the program. It shows that if they do chose to play at a higher level, the opportunity is there."

Flack spent time training in soccer camps with Highlands head coach Justin Wagar over the past few years, and Wager said Flack will be a good fit for his program.

"She's a very gifted athlete, blessed with blazing speed. She works so hard out there and really sees the field well," the NMHU coach said via email. "She creates a lot of chances for her teammates off the dribble and has a motor that never stops. What we liked about Katelynn over the years was not just her speed, but her persistence in her training, her hard work in each practice and game and her positive attitude and desire to get better."

Flack said moving on to a program where she has built a good relationship with the coaching staff is also a positive.

"He's been coaching me and training me for five years," Flack said of Wagar.

The Cowgirls compete at the NCAA Division II level in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. NMHU finished with a 9-7-3 record last season and placed fourth in the RMAC standings.

Joshua Perry covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577 and jperry@daily-times.com. Follow him @jperrysuu on Twitter.