Ashlee Howell to play soccer at University of Providence

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POLSON SENIOR Ashlee Howell signs her Letter of Intent to play women’s soccer for the University of Providence Argonauts. Seated to her left is UP women soccer coach Brian Clarke. (Photo courtesy of Heidi Howell)

Polson Lady Pirate senior striker Ashlee Howell will be extending her athletic career at the collegiate level playing soccer for the University of Providence Argonauts in Great Falls. Howell, who is the youngest of a quartet of sensational soccer siblings, acquired the nickname “Sm-Ashlee” on account of the powerful kick of her bonne boot. Brother Nick played for Rocky Mountain College. Sister Sarah just wrapped up her collegiate soccer career at the University of Providence. Eldest sister Heather entertained multiple offers to play at the collegiate level, but opted to pursue other endeavors.

Howell (2018: 19g14a) was a thrice all-state, four-time all-conference accolade recipient for the Lady Pirates. Over the course of her Fall Montana High School Association sanctioned prep soccer career, she scored 45 goals, dished out 52 assists and had one kick from the penalty mark stemming from an end of two scoreless overtime penalty kick shootout against Billings Central during the semifinal of the playoffs her sophomore season.

Howell will continue her career with the University of Providence beginning in the 2019-2020 fall season.

Howell, will join teammates Jenna Everest, who is one of the Argos’ goalies headed into next season.

Everest was a member of the 2016 Lady Pirates’ soccer team that had a magical season that ended with an overtime loss to Billings Central, the team that eventually captured the 2016 MHSA Class A state championship title.

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