Hailing from Liberty, Mo.–just 20 minutes outside Kansas City–Shea Groom has had no trouble making a name for herself.
A three-sport letterwinner at Liberty High School, Groom received many accolades for her athletic achievements, including two consecutive Gatorade Missouri Player of the Year awards.
The forward/midfielder led her high school to the 2010 Class III State Championship and netted the game-winner a year later to bring another state championship title to Liberty.
After graduating from high school, Groom took her talent 700 miles away–to Texas A&M University.
In her freshman season, the Missouri native scored six goals and logged four assists in the 10 games she played.
Unfortunately, her season was cut short due to an injury, against Fordham University in September, that ultimately required surgery on her right foot.
Returning to College Station, Texas for her sophomore season in 2012, Groom saw playing time in 25 matches (23 of which were starts).
In 1,597 minutes, she scored five goals and assisted her teammates seven times–a number that stayed consistent in her junior and senior seasons. The Texas A&M standout finished her sophomore season receiving the honor of being named to the 2012 All-SEC Second Team.
A few months later, Groom was one of 24 players called to the U.S. U-23 women’s national team camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. in May 2013 by then-head coach (and current Houston Dash coach) Randy Waldrum.
Groom’s talent exploded in her junior year when she scored 14 goals and had seven assists in 23 matches. Four of her 14 goals were game-winners for the Aggies. Groom was named to the 2013 All-SEC First Team follwing her impressive season.
After finding great success on the field, she once again needed surgery–this time on her left foot.
Between her junior and senior years, Groom was named to U-23 coach Steve Swanson’s 20-player roster for the 2014 Six Nations Tournament in Spain.
Groom featured for 19 minutes in the team’s first match against Japan. The U-23s eventually went on to win the tournament.
Just a few months later, Groom returned to Texas, where she put up numbers similar to her impressive junior season.
The forward/midfielder featured in 27 matches (starting all), scored 16 goals and had seven assists.
In her senior season, she led the SEC with seven game-winners (ranked third in the nation). Her 16 goals put her at third in the SEC and 19th in the nation.
In 2014, she was once again named to the All-SEC First Team. More impressively, she was named as a 2014 Hermann Trophy semifinalist.
Groom finished her college career with 41 goals (15 of which were game-winners), 25 assists and perfect (four-for-four) penalty conversion numbers.
Groom next looks to tackle the NWSL. The Blues are her hometown team, but will former U-23 coach Randy Waldrum try to keep her in the Lone Star State?