BOULDER — Fairview’s 17-game winning streak ended on Saturday night — and so did its season.
Cameron Gail scored his 20th goal of the year in the 53rd minute off a corner and No. 8 Arapahoe upended top-seed Fairview 1-0 in the Class 5A quarterfinals.
The Knights (17-1) stuck with a patient, more ball-control approach from the regular season to the postseason … even when it might have caused a few gray hairs for fans and coaches on the way.
In the first round they beat No. 32 Mountain Vista 1-0 thanks to an overtime goal from Myles Ellis — the same senior who hopped a chain-linked fence to dive into a crowd of his peers after serving the winner over Boulder in the regular season. They then scored goals in the final minute of each half in a 2-1 win over No. 16 Rock Canyon in Round 2.
Fairview didn’t need piles of goals to be the become the state’s most feared. In each of its 18 games, it did not allow more than one goal — relying on a stingy defense and its opportunistic scorers to come up when they were needed most.
The chances finally didn’t fall.
“We just couldn’t get on the end of one,” Knights coach Jeff Frykholm said.
Players from Fairview were broken up after the game. Some crumpled to the ground and others looked for a teammate to comfort.
“They did so much right tonight,” Frykholm said of his team. “We just didn’t score. Credit to their goalkeeper, I don’t know how many saves he made, but a lot. We had a lot of chances to win the game.
“It didn’t happen and that’s our game.”
Sajji Singh and Ellis each had expert chances in the opening minutes of the second half that were denied by senior keeper Spencer Cobb, who dazzled with one clutch save after another in the win. Cooper Harmon then had a strong header chance twist just wide — and later, he did not get a call when he appeared to have a lane to the goal before getting knocked over in the box.
Arapahoe’s Gail was the difference. The sought-after D-I recruit headed a corner kick from Zander Hahn in the 53rd minute and drove it into the top left corner of the net.
“It was just placed well enough that the keeper couldn’t have gotten to it,” Frykholm said.
Fairview bowed out in the quarterfinals for a second straight season.
Arapahoe (15-1-2) made it into the semifinals a year after being ousted in the second round. The Warriors will face No. 13 Broomfield on Wednesday at EchoPark.
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Arapahoe 1, Fairview 0
At Fairview HS
Arapahoe (15-1-2) 0 1 — 1
Goals (assists) —Arapahoe: Cameron Gail (Zander Hahn) 53rd minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Arapahoe: Spencer Cobb 80-0-8; Fairvew: Carter Melton 80-1-7.