When Central Union High sophomore Clarissa Maldonado decided to go out for the girls soccer team this year, she really didn't have high expectations for the season.
Why would she? It was in fact her first time playing the sport.
Central coach Nabil Noujaim even had questions about whether the 15-year-old would last on the team.
Well, with the regular season in its final week, Maldonado has lasted and has more than exceeded the her expectations and in the process has become the most dominant goalkeeper in the Imperial Valley.
On Friday, in the Spartans' 6-0 win over Holtville, Maldonado recorded her 10th shutout of the year in Central's 12th straight victory.
"Since this is my first year playing soccer ever, I really didn't expect to play as well as I have been. I really am surprised with myself," said Maldonado, who also shut out Imperial on Feb. 5. "But what's making this easier for me is the defense. Sometimes I might start to panic a little, but then they'll just talk to me and calm me down."