LHS star goalie signs with Williams Baptist University

Lassen High School’s soccer goalie Gracielee Edwards signed to attend Williams Baptist University in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas on a soccer scholarship next year.

Lassen High School goalie Gracielee Edwards, center, signs to attend Williams Baptist University in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas on a soccer scholarship as her mother Alice, left, and father Brandon share the moment.

Fellow players, family and friends gathered for a ceremony to honor Edwards in the LHS Library at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23.

After signing, Edwards said, “I just want to thank you so much for supporting me and coming to my games. I really couldn’t do it without all of you … I really appreciate you being there.”

Family and friends celebrate Gracielee Edwards’ signing.

Coach Danny Matchniff said he’d been coaching Edwards since she was 10 years old, and she even was a member of his traveling team. He said right from the start it was “clear she was the girl for goal.”

He said she was aggressive, directed the defense near the goal and had “the eye of the tiger.” She was never satisfied with just being good enough.

“It’s truly been a joy having you on the team,” he said noting that the four-sport athlete (soccer, softball, volleyball and two years golf) gave up 24 goals this season, but 51 recorded saves, although he thought that number should be much higher because all of her saves were not officially recorded.

Coach Danny Matchniff shares stories about his star goalie.

“Gracielee saved our bacon so many times,” the coach said.

Williams Baptist University, a private, fully accredited liberal arts Christian university, offers more than 30 undergraduate and graduate degrees and competes in 17 different sports. In 2023 three WBU Lady Eagles on soccer team were named to the American Midwest All-Conference Team. The Lady Eagles fell in the quarterfinals in the AMC Championship tournament in November.

A decoration honoring Gracielee Edwards on the wall of the Lassen High School Library.