Six Montanans among Providence Argos women’s soccer signing class

(Editor’s note: University of Providence media release)

GREAT FALLS – Providence athletics and head coach Brian Clarke announced the official signing of 10 new Argos for the fall 2019 season. Argo women’s soccer is adding depth in the attack and in the backline.

“We are really excited to have this class join us in August. There is a lot of talent in this group who will challenge for spots right away,” expressed coach Clarke. “On top of that, this class has great character, the attitude, and the mindset we need to help move our program forward. We can’t wait for them to show what they can do.”

The Argos’ signees include six from the state of Montana, three from Washington state, and one from California. The class also includes two junior transfers and eight incoming freshmen.

Brittany Burman
MF | Fr. | 5’1 | Missoula, Montana

Brittany Burman, a 5’1 midfielder from Missoula, Montana, comes to the Argos from Sentinel High School. Burman was a three-time letterwinner and made All-Conference during her senior season as a Spartan. Her sophomore season, Burman helped lead her team to a third-place finish at state. Academically, Burman was named Academic All-State three years as a member of her varsity program. Outside of her high school program, she also competed with the local club program, the Missoula Strikers. Burman will pursue a degree in Biology while at the University of Providence.

Kaelyn Frahm
D | Fr. | 5’5 | Great Falls, Montana

Frahm, a 5’5 defender and native of Great Falls, Montana comes to the Argos from CMR High School where she was an anchor to the backline. In addition to her high school resume, Frahm also competed as a member of Montana Rush Soccer and she received honor roll recognition for her work off the pitch.

Emma Goodwin
F | Fr. | 5’5 | Colville, Washington

Goodwin, a 5’5 forward from Colville, Washington, was a four-year starter for the Colville High School Indians. As an Indian, Goodwin netted six career goals, while also leading the team in assists during her junior season and serving as a senior team captain. As a junior, she received an award for leading the Indians in assists. During her senior season, she helped lead the Indians to a fourth-place finish at district. Goodwin also competed at the club level with the Spokane Foxes FC in 2015.

Academically, Goodwin was named to Spokane Community College honor roll, in addition to earning membership into the National Honor Society.

Ashlee Howell
F | Fr. | 5’7 | Polson, Montana

Howell, a 5’7 forward and native of Polson, Montana was a four-year letterwinner at Polson High School and the younger sister of previous Argo women’s soccer standout, Sarah Howell. On the pitch, Howell scored 47 goals and 50 assists throughout her four-year career as a Pirate, which included a season-ending injury during her junior campaign. Howell also competed in Montana Youth Soccer Association, netting a career 45 goals and helping on 54 others through three seasons (2015-2017). She received All-Conference honors all four years, while also being named All-State for three seasons. She was named team most valuable player and a Team Captain for the Pirates for two seasons.

Howell was named Academic All-State all four years as a varsity athlete. She was also named Chemistry Student of the Year, in addition to Student of the Quarter at Polson. She was also a member of the National Honor Society and received an invitation to the prestigious MCTM Math Conference.

At the University of Providence, Howell looks to pursue Pre-med and a degree in Chemistry as an Argo.

Marti Ludwick
F | Fr. | 4’11 | Butte, Montana
Ludwick, a 4’11 forward and native of Butte, Montana, was a four-year letterman and three-sport student-athlete competing in soccer, basketball, and track and field at Butte High School. As a Bulldog, Ludwick received Academic All-State honors while she led the team as an attacking threat. She is undecided on what she wants to pursue academically as an Argo.

Sarah Ortega
MF | Jr. | 5’4 | Victorville, Calif.

Ortega, a 5’4 midfielder and junior transfer from Victorville, California, joins the Argos after spending her freshman and sophomore seasons at Victor Valley College. Prior to college, Ortega was a three-sport athlete, competing in soccer, volleyball, and track and field at Riverside Preparatory High School. As a Knight, Ortega was named second team and first team all-conference for her work on the pitch, while also being named honor roll for three years in a row for her academic success. Ortega will pursue a degree in biology at the University of Providence.

Shayenn Thompson
F | Fr. | 5’6 | Kalispell, Montana

Thompson, a 5’6 forward and native of Kalispell, Montana, comes to the Argos after competing in women’s soccer, swimming, track and field, and cheerleading at Flathead High School. Thompson was the Braves top goal-scorer during her junior and senior seasons as a Brave and helped lead Flathead to the state quarterfinals during her senior campaign. Thompson was named Honorable Mention All-Conference her freshman and sophomore seasons, before being named Second Team All-State in 2017 and then earning All-State in 2018. She also served as a Team Captain at Flathead.

In the classroom, Thompson was named Academic All-State all four years of her high school career (2015-2018). Thompson looks to study business at the University of Providence.

Taylor Ward
D | Fr. | 5’3 | Spokane, Washington

Ward, a 5’3 defender from Spokane, Washington was a dual-sport athlete at Joel E. Ferris High School, competing in tennis, in addition to soccer. As a Saxon, Ward earned All-Greater Spokane League Second Team during her junior and senior seasons. Ward also competed at the club level with the Coeur d’Alene Thorns North FC. Academically, Ward will seek a degree in biology while at the University of Providence.

Shawnae Inama
D | Jr. | 5’8 | Missoula, Montana

Inama, a 5’8 defender and junior transfer from Missoula, Montana, comes to the Argos following stints at Gillette College and the University of Mary. Inama attended Hellgate High School in Missoula, in which she was a dual-sport athlete competing in basketball and soccer. On the pitch, Inama received a multitude of honors as a Knight, which included being named All-Conference Honorable Mention her sophomore year, All-Conference during her junior season, and All-State as a senior.

Rachel Stevenson
D | Fr. | 5’5 | Spokane Valley, Washington

Stevenson, a 5’5 defender from Spokane Valley, Washington, joins the Argos from Central Valley High School. Stevenson was also involved at the club level with Spokane Breakers FC for three years. She helped the Spokane Breakers eventually secure an unbeaten season her senior year of high school. In addition to her soccer career, Stevenson also competed in track & field while at Central Valley, participating in the shot put and the 100-meter dash events.

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