The Mission Valley had eight collegians playing on the pitch of womenís soccer fields this season, an unprecedented number for this area.
Three of them who will be graduating this coming spring are Sarah Howell, Linnea Madsen and Keely (Clairmont) King.
As an Argonaut, Howell has been the quintessential example of her former Pirate mascot in the sense of having accrued quite a treasure trove of accolades: multiple all-academic awards that include 2017 and 2018 honor from the College Sports Information Directors of America as well as multiple team and individual awards.
Madsen received an individual honor from her conference for sportsmanship her sophomore season. King (nee Clairmont) transitioned from defender to goalkeeper this season due to a rash of injuries to regulars.
Another quintet who are at earlier stages in their collegiate soccer careers include Tiara Duford at Rocky, Jenna Evertz at the University of Providence, Rachel Maddy (Mission Valley Christian Academy) at Seattle Pacific and Marina Mayorga as well as JaNessa Taylor at Feather River College (Quincy, Calif.).
sr. MF #6 Sarah Howell (Polson) UProvidence career2018-15: 4g11a(27sog)55sh
2018:1g3a(10sog)24sh / 2017:1a(4sog)8sh / 2016:1g2a(4sog)8sh / 2015:2g5a(10sog)18sh
(3x CCC academic all-conference, 2x Daktronics-NAIA scholar-athlete), 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District (College Division, Dist 4), Iron Woman (3x), Coaches Award (2x), team captain (3x), 2017 Defensive MVP, 2016 Defensive POY.
sr. MF Linnea Madsen (Polson) North Central University NCAA D3 career: 75gms, 9g2a
2018: 1g,14sh(5sog)/2017: 1a, 11sh(6sog)/2016: 2g,22sh(14sog) / 2015: 6g1a, 25sh(15sog)
2016 UMAC Womenís Soccer Sportsmanship Awards Ė Team: North Central, Individual: Linnea Madsen
sr. D #6 Keely (Clairmont) King (Polson), Central Christian College
2018: 16sv / 2017:(1sog)3sv / 2016:1a(1sog)2sh / 2015: (3sog)5sh
so. F #2 Tiara Duford (Polson), Rocky 2018: 4g2a, (11sog), 2017: 5g2a, 27sh(13sog)
so. GK #1 Jenna Evertz (Polson), UProvidence 2018:5sv
fr. GK #00 Rachel Maddy (MVCA), Seattle Pacific
fr. Marina Mayorga (Polson), Feather River 2g
fr. JaNessa Taylor (Polson), Feather River 2g
scored game winning goal in 38th minute against College of the Redwoods
Rocky Mountain College cross country sophomore Jackson Duffey (Ronan, Class of 2017) finished second in the Frontier Conference Championships with a time 25:52 to help Rocky to a second place team finish, trailing Lewis & Clark State by only three points.
Duffey qualified to compete in the 2018 NAIA Menís Cross Country National Championships to be held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Nov. 16.