As FC Kansas City has made a late push for a playoff position, arguably no one has come up bigger for the Blues than forward Shea Groom. In Week 19, she was voted NWSL Player of the Week by the NWSL Media Association, thanks to her two goals and an assist in the 4-1 win over Sky Blue FC. She’s been clutch this summer: Groom has either scored or assisted on the game-winner in three of the last four wins for FC Kansas City.
Groom has now scored four goals and added six assists during the 2017 season, putting her in some elite company. She’s one of only nine players with at least 10 points this season.
Groom kicked off her match on Sunday against Sky Blue FC by creating midfielder Lo’eau LaBonta‘s goal in the 39th minute with a ball right across the face of goal. The two traded roles five minutes later, when Groom scored her first in the 44th minute. LaBonta proved a no-look pass over her own head to Groom, who bent her strike past Sky Blue goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan into the left side of goal.
Groom finished up her brace in the second half with her goal in the 64th minute, off an assist from midfielder Desiree Scott. Sheridan made the initial save on Groom’s shot, but her rebound went directly back to Groom who got a knee to it for the finish.
In addition to her two goals and assist, Groom finished up the match with all four of her shots as shots on target, plus two key passes.
This is the second time in Groom’s career she’s won Player of the Week honors, with her first back in Week 13 of the 2015 season.
FC Kansas City needs to keep up their winning ways to keep their playoff hopes alive. They host the Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 3:30 p.m. ET.
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.