After almost three weeks since the last player signing, the Kansas City Shock made a splash announcing the signing of two new goalkeepers, Kelsey Gochnauer and Emma Crenshaw. Both players are from the Kansas City area and both offer tons of new talent to the Shock.
Kelsey Gochnauer originates from Lee’s Summit, Missouri. While in her youth years, Gochnauer played for a number of clubs and saw much success with teams such as the KC Dynamos. Gochnauer then went to play at Lee’s Summit High School where she was the varsity goalkeeper and lettered three years in a row. In both 2007 and 2008 the LSHS squad took the conference championship title as well as the 2008 district championship. She was 2008 2nd Team All Conference and set a goalkeeping record for the school with .25 goals against average.
After Gochnauer’s successful high school career, she committed to the University of Central Arkansas. At the UCA, she is celebrated as one of the most successful goalkeepers in school history. Gochnauer started all four years at UCA and had very successful statistics. With UCA, Gochnauer has played 4,345 minutes, has 211 saves and has accumulated a save percentage of .784. Gouchnauer holds many records UCA, among which are holding the 2ndall-time record for career shutouts with nine, holds third place in wins with 18, and fourth in goals against average at 1.20 goals per game. Gochnauer’s .804 save percentage and 0.90 goals against average from the 2011-2012 season ranks as the third best single season figures in UCA history.
Emma Crenshaw is from Overland Park, Kansas. In Overland Park, she played for KCFC Intensity with, assistant coach of FC Kansas City, Huw Williams and lead her to five Kansas State championships as well as the 2008 Region 2 Championship. After her youth career, Crenshaw played for Blue Valley West High School. Crenshaw lettered for three consecutive seasons. In 2009, Crenshaw was named East Kansas League Goalkeeper of the Year and lead Blue Valley West to the Kansas State Championship.
After high school, Crenshaw played one season at Johnson County Community College in Kansas on a full-ride athletic scholarship. At Johnson County Community College, she earned First Team NJCAA All-Region 6 honors and First Team All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) honors as a freshman. She had seven shutouts for the season, notching a 0.72 goals saved average. During her time at JCCC she was named NJCAA National Goalkeeper of the Week and KJCCC Verizon Wireless Goalkeeper of the Week in back-to-back weeks in September 2011.
After her successful freshman year at JCCC, Crenshaw transferred to Ball State University. She also given a full ride scholarship to Ball State but just 30 minutes into her first game, she suffered a season-ending concussion and was unable to finish her season.
Both Keepers showed lots of success during the tryout and both will be exciting to watch this coming season. They are bound to be successful with the Shock and the Shock will continue to add on players to the roster.
Information from “Two Homegrown Keepers Join KC Shock Roster” written at www.kansascityshock.com