HENDERSON – Daleville, Virginia native Darden Goode has signed to join Coach Jason Elliott’s 2022-23 Freed-Hardeman University Lady Lions squad. Playing competitively since she was eight years old, the Lord Botetourt High School alumna wore the captain’s band her senior year where she led the Cavaliers in assists both her junior and senior seasons.
The defender spent time playing club soccer for Roanoke Star before transitioning to Valley United, part of the MLS and NWSL’s D.C. United/Washington Spirit development pathway.
During her prep years, Goode was honored to the Second Team All-District squad in 2019, while being named to the 2021 and 2022 First Team All-District team. In her junior season, she added a Second Team All-Region accolade.
“We are very excited Darden is coming to join us this fall. She comes from a great family as both her brother and sister have played for us here,” Elliott said. “She has excellent knowledge of the game, sees the field well, and can distribute the ball in the midfield. The most important thing is that she is a great addition to our campus as her positive energy is contagious and a great person from her upbringing. In addition to soccer, she is an extremely talented artist and has sacrificed some great options to come here as she wants to be at FHU.”
Goode was active in the National Honor Society, the National Art Honor Society, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She intends to major in Art while at Freed-Hardeman.