Thursday Sep 27 2012
Sierra Soccer's Steadying Influence
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
5 Years After Starring At Colfax High, Filteau Helping Spark Wolverines
It seems like just yesterday that Monet Filteau was a soccer standout at Colfax High School. In fact, it was the spring of 2007 when Filteau teamed with Bradlee DeShane and Josie Ruzette to form a potent 1-2-3 scoring punch that helped the Lady Falcons earn a Pioneer Valley League championship and post one of the best records – 20-2-3 – in school annals. Fast forward to 2012 and Filteau is back doing what she does best, playing soccer with the cool and confidence of a veteran that is more than rubbing off on her younger Sierra College teammates. “She’s been a huge asset to our team this year,” said Sierra College coach Jason Gantt. “She’s very level headed and gives us a lot of stability. She’s one of our captains and isn’t very vocal but tends to lead by example.” That Filteau is playing soccer these days at the junior college level is a story in itself. Following her graduation from Colfax in 2007, Filteau enrolled at Chico State where she took classes towards being a physical therapist. She graduated this past May with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology. “I played club soccer for the school but that’s it,” said Filteau. “It was a lot of fun but after graduating when I decided to go after my doctorate, I found that I could take some of the classes at Sierra.” Because her athletic clock never started at Chico State, she checked with Gantt about playing for the Wolverines. “When she called and told us her story we weren’t sure,” said the Sierra coach. “But as long as she’s a full-time student (12 units), she’s eligible. Monet has been a big plus for us.” Last Thursday at San Joaquin Delta in Stockton, Filteau drilled a beautiful free kick from 20 yards out that provided the margin of victory in a 1-0 Big 8 Conference win over the Mustangs. Earlier, Filteau had hit another free kick for a score to make the difference in a 1-0 win over Long Beach City. On Tuesday, the Wolverines, who are 2-0 in Big 8 action, handed defending JC state champion Santa Rosa a 1-0 defeat. “She’s a real steadying influence out there for us,” said Gantt. “I know she needs to move on with her studies but we’d love to have her back next season too.” Filteau would like to transfer to a school (NAIA or Div. III) and continue playing soccer but the fit with the correct doctorate courses might make it tough. “We’ll see how it works out,” said Filteau. “Right now I’m enjoying myself and my teammates and we’re playing well. I’m sure glad I came back and gave it a shot.” Sierra (6-2-1, 2-0) will risk its unbeaten Big 8 unbeaten mark when it hosts rival American River in Rocklin Friday at 3:30 p.m.