Athlete of the Week: Nikki Madaris

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) Central's Nikki Madaris cares about one thing.

"Don't let the ball go in the back of the net," said Madaris.

The sophomore goalkeeper tops the Southwestern League with 150 saves this season.

"It started in rec ball," said Madaris. My dad just kind of threw me in the net when you were allowed to have keepers. I just kind of stuck there. I kind of like the thrill of it."

As a freshman Madaris earned all-league honors. She's averaging 13 saves per game with four shutouts.

"Against some teams she'll face 35, 40 shots and get almost that many saves and keep us in games," said head coach Ethan Johnson.

if Madaris keeps stopping goals she will achieve hers of playing at the next level,

"Just thinking which one," said Johnson. "She's definitely got some fighting over her."

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