By Nick Hartman:
(Kansas City, MO) On Wednesday, the Kansas City Shock once again made a splash in KC Media announcing their fourth signee. The Shock signed Keighton Allen, a goalkeeper at the University of Texas El Paso.
Allen, originally from Wichita, brings loads of talent to the Shock following a bright youth career. She was a part of the Kansas Olympic Develop Team, a four-time All-City, All-Region, and All-State goalkeeper and a two-time All-Metro goal keeper. In 2011, Allen lead her high school – Bishop Carrol High – to their first undefeated regular season in school history. Allen was awarded the Vype Pre-Season Soccer Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011, as well as being named the Catch it Kansas Soccer Player of the Year. Possibly the most interesting thing about Allen is that she was featured in an ESPN High School article “Girls’ Soccer Players Going the Distance”
With her successful high school career, Keighton Allen was offered plenty of scholarships but ultimately decided to commit to UTEP. She is currently a Freshman there and training with a former Major Indoor Soccer League goalkeeper.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to play for the Kansas City Shock this summer!” Said Allen, “The people of Kansas City will be extremely impressed at the level of talent this team is going to bring to the area!”
Shock Head Coach, Nicole Ortiz had some great thoughts on Allen saying,
“Keighton brings a lot of athleticism and determination to the table,” said Ortiz. “She has a great build for a keeper and she uses that as an advantage when she plays. She is very dedicated in everything that she commits to and I know she will be successful with this team.”
Shock Owner, Shawn Daugherty also had some great thoughts on Allen,
“As the first player from the collegiate world to work with the Kansas City Shock, we know that Keighton is going to be an exemplary example of the balance and dedication of a student-athlete,” said Daugherty. “We look forward to being part of her growth in the soccer community.