Pioneer Focus: Felipe Monteiro

 

PEDIGREE: This week’s Pioneer Focus goes to junior goalkeeper Felipe Monteiro for his wonderful play in garnering the NCCAA men’s soccer student-athlete of the week on Oct. 2.

The reason he received the award from the NCCAA is for producing two shutouts over the weekend of Sept. 28-30. In the two games against Tiffin and Findlay he was able to extend his scoreless streak to 271 minutes with the two 1-0 shutouts, which was his third of the season.

The scoreless streak, however, came to an end last Wednesday Oct. 3 as the Pioneers lost 3-0 to Wheeling Jesuit University.

Get to know the business major from Sao Jose Dos Campos, Brazil…

Junior goalkeeper Felipe Monteiro clears out the ball in a game last fall. In the 271 minute scoreless streak Monteiro recorded a combine total of 22 saves. (Photo courtesy of Andy Smith)

Q: What is your favorite food?

A: Any Thanksgiving food.

Q: What is on your playlist?

A: The Strokes, Foo Fighters, Franz Ferdinand, Interpol, White Stripes, Radiohead and The Killers.

Q: Who is your favorite athlete?

A: Anderson Silva, the UFC Middleweight champion.

Q: Something most people don’t know about you?

A: I speak Portuguese as my first language.

Q: Biggest superstition?

A: I touch the crossbar at the first whistle.

Q: Favorite aspect of soccer?

A: Not always the team that plays better wins. You have to defend well, attack well and be effective in scoring, as a group. Playing well is not enough for winning.

Sometimes you can play bad and win, or play well and lose. Those things don’t happen in other sports such as basketball, tennis or football.

Q: If you could have one song be the theme song to your life, which would it be?

A: Hard to explain – The Strokes

Q: Best and worst part of college athletics?

A: The best part of college athletics is that you can play competitive sports while studying. In most parts of the world it is not possible.

The worst part is that the rules are slightly different than professional sports, and it takes a while to adapt. I think everyone in college is capable of playing in the same rules.

Q: Least favorite rule at Malone?

A: Required chapel.

Q: What did you do this summer?

A: I went back to Brazil to spend time with my family and my girlfriend, worked on my family business and did physical therapy for my injured knees.

Q: Favorite professional soccer team and league? 

A: I support Sao Paulo, from Brazil, but I really like to see Barcelona playing, and my favorite league is the Spanish League.

Chris Sherwood is sports editor for The Aviso AVW.

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