Arapahoe won the Class 5A boys state soccer championship using opportunistic offense and a stingy defense. A lot of different players contributed to the team's success, but it was Cameron Gail who …
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Arapahoe won the Class 5A boys state soccer championship using opportunistic offense and a stingy defense.
A lot of different players contributed to the team's success, but it was Cameron Gail who was the go-to offensive threat while Spencer Cobb's goalkeeping was the backbone of the Warriors defense.
It was hard to determine which player was more instrumental in Arapahoe winning its first state title since 1997, so Gail and Cobb are the 2018 Colorado Community Media South Metro Co-Soccer Players of the Year.
Gail led the Centennial League with 20 goals and 48 points. He was third in the state among 5A players in goals and fifth in points.
“I was extremely happy with my season, a lot of goals and assists,” said Gail. “All I wanted was to win a state championship at the end of it. Toward the end of the season I knew we had to play a team game more than just going out and getting goals.
“I didn't want the whole team to rely on me just for that. I wanted to be a team player and find my other forwards and get them just as involved because they are just as talented. It got a little harder for me personally but then it opened up more chances for my teammates because they got more room on the outside.”
In four state playoff games, he had two goals plus a shootout goal. He collected the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over Fairview and had assists on the winning tallies against Arvada West and Grandview in the state championship game.
Cobb was credited with 115 saves in 20 games during the season and had a 0.426 goals against average.
He was outstanding in the playoffs as the Warriors allowed just one goal in the four games. Cobb made 10 saves each in contests against Broomfield and Fairview, six against Arvada West and seven against Grandview.
“He also made two penalty kick saves against Broomfield in the semifinals,” said Arapahoe coach Mark Hampshire. “He gave up only a total of eight goals all season. He is, in my humble opinion, the best goaltender in the state. He was fantastic.”
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