High-SchoolGirls-Soccer: Keighton Allen
May, 1, 2012
By Chris Ackels | ESPN.com
Courtesy of Allen familyKeighton Allen travels more than two hours each way to play for KCFC.Dad remembers.
“She looked at me in the eighth grade and said she wanted to play soccer in college.”
Mark Allen is the father of seven children. The oldest, Keighton, is a three-time all-state goalkeeper and the 2010 Catch It Kansas Soccer Player of the Year. And four years ago when Keighton told her dad that she had dreams of collegiate play, he knew it was a reachable goal. He also knew it would take a serious commitment.
“He told me we were going to have to drive a long way for practice,” Keighton says. She responded: “Hey, that’s fine with me.”
And so, a long way they drove. One hundred ninety miles, to be exact. From their home in Wichita, Kan., to the KCFC practice facility in Kansas City. It was the beginning of Keighton’s sophomore year, and it was time to make a move toward her dreams.