RICHMOND – VCU Women’s Soccer and Head Coach Lindsey Martin announced the addition of two transfer players for the start of the 2018 season. The Rams have signed Grace Young and Emma Kershner to the roster, as both add quality Division I experience. The pair are also both products from the state of Virginia.

Grace Young Young, a goalkeeper, comes back to Richmond after a semester at the University of Akron. The Chesterfield native graduated from Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School in 2017, collecting 2A First Team All-District and All-Region honors during four years at the varsity level. She also earned 2A First Team All-State in 2015 and 2016, and Second Team All-Metro in 2016. The daughter of Geoffrey and Debra Young, she has two older siblings, and played club soccer for Richmond United. At VCU, she will be studying Biology in a Pre-Med track. 

“It was a place close to home where I was surrounded by people who I knew and I like the academics of the university,” said Young. “I also like the coaches and their philosophy and style of play.” 

Kershner, a midfielder, makes her return from the midwest, Emma Kershner transferring from Indiana University as a redshirt freshman. She did not appear for the Hoosiers in 2016, and made her collegiate debut this season against Cal Poly. She appeared in 15 games, garnering Academic All-Big Ten honors. The Chantilly native starred at Westfield High School, where she led the team in scoring and was named First Team Concorde District and 6A All-Region in her senior season. She was the number nine ranked player in the region according to Top Drawer Soccer in 2016. 

She played club for FC Virginia, and was able to participate in the 2015 ECNL PDP. She has travelled across the world, competing against the Italian, Bermuda, and UAE national teams. The daughter of Eric and Lisa Kershner, she also holds a USSF E Coaching License, and plans to major in Exercise Science at VCU. 

“I really connected with the coaching staff,” said Kershner. “I feel they will be great role models for me, as I want to be a collegiate coach. The team plays a style of soccer that suits my playing style, and is a program on the rise. I am looking forward to being part of the team and to contribute as a Ram. VCU offers an excellent academic program, and will really challenge me as a student.”