On Valentines day, it was announced that the Kansas City Shock had signed two new players, Allie Hemmen and Bethany Bendorf. Both were captains of their respective college teams and both have great and extensive soccer backgrounds. These signings upgrade the Shock from good to great. Head Coach, Nicole Ortiz’s thoughts on the signing were simply,
“Bethany and Allie bring a lot of experience to the Shock. They both have a great work ethic that will set them apart from others. They will put our team first and do whatever is asked of them to make this team successful.”
Hemmen reigns from the Overland Park, KS area and has tons of experience with the KCFC Alliance Chargers. Hemmen has won the Kansas State Championship with Shawnee Mission High School and has many accolades. After high school, Hemmen signed with the University of Northern Iowa and by her Junior and Senior seasons, she was the team captain. Hemmen brings a great soccer background to the Shock and the whole Shock staff is thrilled to have her on board.
“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to play for the Kansas City Shock,” said Hemmen. “It has been a dream of mine to compete at the professional level ever since I graduated college, and I am thankful for the opportunity to play here in my hometown with the Shock.”
The second signee, Bethany Bendorf grew up in Berkley, Calif. Bendorf played different sports before favoring and committing to soccer at the age of 12. After High School, Bethany was offered a scholarship to Graceland University. Bendorf accepted the scholarship and by her junior and senior year, she was the designated team captain of Graceland.
“To say I’m excited is an understatement for how I feel playing for the Shock!” said Bendorf. “Kansas City, your minds will be blown away with how amazing and talented this team is.”
Owner of the Kansas City Shock, Shawn Daugherty is especially excited for these signings saying,
“I’ve been able to sit down with both Allie and Bethany in the past week, and their passion is unbelievable, not just on the field, but off, from being a teacher to working with a local YMCA, these women are already glimpses of role models that we aim to work with on and off the field. We’re very fortunate to add each to our growing roster, and I know each will play vital roles towards our seasons success.”