COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Junior Shea Groom and freshman Liz Keester garnered national honors from Soccer America the magazine announced on its website on Wednesday.
Groom was named to the Soccer America MVPs Second Team as a midfielder. Keester was named to the Soccer America All-Freshman Second Team.
Texas A&M was one of 10 squads to have at least one player named to the MVP team and a different player named to the All-Freshman team, joining Central Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Portland, UCLA, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. Groom, South Carolina’s Sabrina D’Angelo and Florida’s Savannah Jordan were the only three SEC players among the 22 women named to two MVP squads. Keester, Jordan of Florida and LSU’s Summer Clarke and Emma Fletcher were the only four SEC players among the 22 named to the two All-Freshman teams.
Groom has been the Aggies’ most decorated player this offseason. She was named NSCAA All-America Third Team, NSCAA All-South Region First Team along with NSCAA Scholar All-America First Team and Scholar All-South Region First Team. 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-ever 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 in her abbreviated campaign.
Groom is the first Aggie named to the Soccer America MVPs team since Ashlee Pistorius earned the distinction in 2006 and 2007. Kati Jo Spisak, the only other A&M player to earn the distinction, was an honoree in 2003.
Keester made an immediate impact her first season in College Station. The forward was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team as voted on by the league’s coaches and was tabbed the MVP of the SEC Tournament. The Tulsa native scored two goals in the Aggies semifinal win over South Carolina and scored the game winner with less than seven minutes remaining in a 2-1 win over Florida in the championship game.
This season, Keester appeared in 25 matches, including 18 starts. She tallied 24 points with 10 goals and four assists. She tallied five game-winning goals to share the team lead with Groom and Allie Bailey.
The Aggies finished the regular-season ranked No. 13 in the NSCAA Coaches Poll. A&M posted an 18-5-2 record for the year and claimed their first-ever SEC regular-season title with a 9-2-0 league ledger. The Maroon and White appeared in their 19th consecutive NCAA Division I Championship, advanced to the Second Round for the 16th consecutive year and appeared in the Sweet 16 for the 12th time in program history.