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Groom Completes U.S. Soccer Training Camp

July 22, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
(photo: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M rising senior Shea Groom was one of 24 players who participated in a U.S. Soccer Under-23 Women’s National Team training camp in Seattle from July 15-22.

Head coach Steve Swanson’s entire roster for the training camp was made up of current collegiate players or players who played their senior seasons last fall.

Groom was one of 20 players selected to make a trek to La Manga, Spain to play three international matches at the Six Nations Tournament in March, but missed the tournament due to injury. She was also one of 24 players who attended a week-long U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Camp at the Olympic Training Center Chula Vista, California in May 2013.

Groom was named to the NSCAA All-America Third Team following the 2013 campaign. She was also selected to the NSCAA All-South Region First Team as a midfielder, one year after earning the honor as a forward in 2012. This season, the Liberty, Missouri product led the Aggies with 35 points on 14 goals and seven assists. She earned All-SEC First Team status and was named to the All-Tournament Team as A&M won its first SEC Tournament title in November. In the Aggies’ 3-1 win over UMass in September, Groom logged A&M’s first hat trick since the 2011 season.

For her career, Groom has 68 points on 25 goals and 18 assists. Her freshman season was shortened by injury, limiting her to 10 games, but she posted 16 points on six goals and four assists. Last year, she played in all 25 games, logging 17 points on five goals and seven assists.

A standout in the classroom, Groom was also tabbed to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America Team. Groom posted a 3.69 GPA in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Aubrey Bledsoe (Wake Forest; Cincinnati, Ohio), Megan Kufeld (Washington; Fremont, Calif.), Abby Smith (Texas; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA; Menlo Park, Calif.), Caprice Dydasco (UCLA; Honolulu, Hawaii), Arin Gilliland (Kentucky; Lexington, Ky.), Kristin Grubka (Florida; Melbourne, Fla.), Jaelene Hinkle (Texas Tech; Denver, Colo.), Bri Pugh (Oregon; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Virginia; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Daphne Corboz (Georgetown; Greenbrook, N.J.), Sarah Killion (UCLA; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Mary Luba (Marquette; Shorewood, Wis.), Rachel Mercik (UC Berkeley; El Dorado Hills, Calif.), Samantha Mewis (UCLA; Hanson, Mass.), Riley Ridgik (Wake Forest; Ojai, Calif.), Kylie Strom (Boston University; Endicott, N.Y.)
FORWARDS (6): Kelly Cobb (Duke; Chugiak Alaska), Ashleigh Ellenwood (Arkansas; Michigan City, Ind.), Jannelle Flaws (Illinois; Glenview, Ill.), Shea Groom (Texas A&M; Liberty, Mo.), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston College; Winchester, Mass.), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; West Melbourne, Fla.)

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