Hensley Hancuff Drafted By Gotham Fc In 3Rd Round Of National Women'S Soccer League
Hensley Hancuff was drafted by Gotham FC in the third round. The goalkeeper has been dreaming of playing in the National Women's Soccer League. Hancuff was picked by Scott Parkinson of the New York City FC. The 6' 3" goalkeeper played at Clemson University.
Hancuff was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 17. She had to undergo laparoscopic surgery to remove two tumors from her ovaries. Hancuff is ready to put her head down and get to work. “I was put on this earth to play soccer.”
Hancuff was invited to train with the Orlando Pride during her senior year of high school. She was able to train with Marta, Alex Morgan, and Ashlyn Harris. Hancuff sees similarities between her and Harris that will only make their professional relationship stronger.
Hancuff spent the first part of her collegiate career at Villanova University. She transferred to Clemson for her junior year in 2020. Clemson also happens to be the alma mater of Gotham's departing starting goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan. Hancuff met Gotham head coach Scott Parkinson while playing youth club soccer.
Hancuff will join the team in 2022. She believes Gotham is the team to watch in the NWSL. She is looking forward to becoming friends with her teammates. She is relishing the opportunity to even just be on the sidelines there. “It’s a dream come true, but it’s time to get to work.
Hancuff plans to take advantage of every opportunity she is given. She wants to engage with her new community in New Jersey/New York. Hancuff wants Gotham to know she’s ready and she’s coming. The NWSL returns to action on March 19th, 2022.