Shelton duo make college selections

Shelton High senior soccer players Marlee Figueroa and Matthew Brouillette signed National Letters of Intent to play at Post University and Bryant University, respectively, on Feb. 12.

Marlee Figueroa

A captain for the Gaelettes’ soccer and lacrosse teams, Figueroa will continue her playing career at Post University in Waterbury.

“I did my overnight and fell in love with the team,” she said. “The girls were so nice, the coach (Matt Micros) was awesome. He welcomed me in… It was a lot of fun. I loved the school.”

An attacking midfielder, Figueroa currently plays for the Connecticut Football Club U18 girls soccer team. She was also named the 2014 Young Female Athlete of the Year by Connecticut Junior Soccer Association.

Figueroa has volunteered at the Shelton High School Girls Soccer kids’ summer camp, served as a volunteer coach for the Boys and Girls Club of Shelton and is an assistant coach at Ole Soccer. She is also a U.S. Soccer Federation referee and a mentor at the Connecticut State Referee Program Summer Camp.

Academically, Figueroa is a member of the National Spanish Honor Society and a CAPT Scholar. She plans on studying criminal justice, with an eye toward crime scene investigation.

Figueroa will look back fondly on the camaraderie with her teammates at Shelton High.

“It was like a family we had,” she said. “Anytime I went to school I was excited to see the girls.”

Matt Brouillette

The 6-0, 175-pound Brouillette signed on to play Division I soccer at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I.

“It’s great, it’s always been a dream of mine to play in college,” he said. “The first time I went to the school I knew I loved it. I knew it’d be a great place for me not only to play soccer, but also learn.”

A high-impact performer on the pitch at either left midfield or forward, he led the Gaels in scoring his sophomore and junior years before taking on more of a playmaking role as a senior.

Brouillette, who served as a captain this past season, was named Shelton’ Most Outstanding Offensive Player as a sophomore, junior and senior. He was a two-time Southern Connecticut Conference All-Housatonic Division selection.

This fall, Bryant Bulldogs’ head coach Seamus Purcell and his staff plan to maximize Brouillette’s versatility.

“I’ll play anywhere they let me, any time I can get on the field,” said Brouillette, who will study finance. “I couldn’t love my decision any more.”

Carrying a 3.0 grade-point average while taking honors classes, he served as class president as a freshman and on the student council executive board from grades 9-11.

Brouillette is also a member of the Italian Club, served in the Student Leadership Conference and volunteered at the Shelton Youth Soccer Organization Camp and the Prime Time Player Basketball Camp.

He played freshman baseball and is currently captaining the Shelton High boys basketball team, as it wraps up the regular season and gets ready for the SCC and Class LL playoffs.