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There are several descriptions that could depict the soccer season recently completed by Arapahoe junior Cameron Gail.
Gail led all Class 5A goal scorers with 25 and tied for third with 53 points.
He was selected as the 2017 Colorado Community Media South Metro Boys Soccer Player of the Year, and Warriors coach Mark Hampshire had the best portrayal for Gail's individual contributions.
“He has a banner year and also a breakout year,” said Hampshire. “It was a bit of a surprise. Last year he was a sophomore and ended up playing a position he wasn't necessarily used to. He played some at midfield and didn't get a ton of time.
“He really picked it up at the end of the year and in the playoffs. This year he just played phenomenally. He had a nose for the goal, found ways to help teammates and the kid played incredibly.”
Gail scored six goals and had two assists during his sophomore season.
“One of my goals was to be one of the leading goal scorers on my team,” said Gail. “I was definitely happy with how many goals I scored. I think what I did preseason was a lot more beneficial for me. I was practicing with better teams and got more practice over the summer.
“I worked a lot on one vs. ones with another defender. I like taking people on and I like shooting. I have a friend that I would go one-on-one against. And I have a good friend who is a keeper as well for Arapahoe and I would take a few shots and that helped me get better because he is a very good keeper.”
Arapahoe beat Vista Ridge 6-1 early in the season and Gail scored all six goals for the Warriors.
“Against Vista Ridge, that was my best game and that helped me realize that this would be a good season,” said Gail.
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