APTOS - Sophomore goalkeeper, and Honors Transfer Program participant, Sophia Magliato has been named the Seahawk Student-Athlete of the Week after shutting out the explosive offense of the visiting Shasta College Knights in Carl Conelly Stadium on September 12.
Shutting out opponents is nothing new to the versatile 5’8” student-athlete.
Before enrolling at Cabrillo, Magliato made a name for herself locally with her fierce competitiveness and athletic ability.
“I remember playing against her (in high school),” sophomore forward Taylor Raymond said. “I was literally scared. She brings it every time she steps on the field. It’s great being on her team for a change.”
The San Lorenzo Valley High School alumna is currently studying psychology but hopes to double major with anthropology once she transfers to a four-year school.
“I decided in the end with my financial situation I needed to go to community college get my two years, get my general requirements done, and transfer to a four-year school for the same degree as everyone else,” Magliato said.
Magliato is a dedicated student-athlete whose work ethic is legendary amongst her teammates, especially her keen ability to balance work, school, and sports.
“(Magliato) carries a crazy amount of units and is a student-athlete at the same time,” freshman defender Jasmin Taylor said. “Seeing that makes you feel like you can do too.”
A field player at heart, Magliato embraced the challenge women’s soccer coach Gladys Mondrago issued her at the start of the season.
Since moving back into the goal Magliato has allowed the fewest goals (5) in the Coast Conference.
“At first, honestly I was disappointed,” Magliato said. “Center midfield is obviously a big difference from being in goal… I knew that to help the team succeed, and therefore to make myself succeed, I needed to (step-up) and do what was best for everyone.”
Watching Magliato command the defense, issuing loud callouts and defensive realignments to her backline, it is no wonder she started playing between the posts in the sixth grade.
“When (Magliato) is in goal you know everything is locked down,” Taylor said.