FC Kansas City Forward Shea Groom Voted NWSL Player of the Week
KANSAS CITY (Sept. 5, 2017) – FC Kansas City forward Shea Groom was voted the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Week by the NWSL Media Association for Week 19 of the 2017 NWSL season.
Groom scored two goals and added an assist in helping the Blues defeat Sky Blue FC 4-1 on Sunday afternoon. Her performance is just another strong showing from the veteran forward, as she has scored three goals and four assists since Kansas City defeated the Houston Dash on August 13th.
The Liberty, Mo. native helped open the scoring in the 39th minute as she collected a flick from Sydney Leroux and raced toward goal before laying a pass across the face of the goal for Lo’eau LaBonta to smash home. Groom then doubled the Blues’ advantage in the 44th minute when she was played in by a ball over the top from LaBonta before she picked a spot inside the far post and calmly slotted it past Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan for the eventual game-winning goal.
The Texas A&M product then made it 3-0 in the 64th minute with a well-timed run to get on the end of a centering effort from Desiree Scott. Groom had her initial shot stopped by Sheridan, but the rebound bounced off her knee and into the back of the net for the goal.
The game-winning goal was the second of the year for Groom, who has scored or assisted on the game-winning tally in three of the last four victories for FC Kansas City. She now has four goals and six assists on the year and is one of just nine players in the league with 10 points so far this season.
It is the second time Groom has been honored as the NWSL Player of the Week and the seventh time an FC Kansas City player has won the award. She previously earned the accolade for her play in Week 13 of the 2015 season.
FC Kansas City will return to action against the Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 2:30 p.m. CT at Children’s Mercy Victory Field in Kansas City, Mo. Tickets are available for the match here.
The NWSL Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by the NWSL Media Association, a collection of writers that cover the league on a consistent basis. For more information on the NWSL Media Association, follow them on Twitter.