Part 18 of a series of articles on players making up the 2009 Los Angeles Sol.
One of the players that the Los Angeles Sol will counting on for major contributions in the future is goalkeeper Brittany Cameron.
Brittany Cameron was born on December 3, 1986 in San Leandro, Calif. A town of 82,472, San Leandro is located south of neighboring Oakland, and is blessed with a mild climate throughout most of the year.
San Leandro is known for its Cherry Festival, an event that celebrates a century of existence this year.
And while it may have its unassuming neighborhoods dotted with vintage houses on every street, San Leandro is also home to companies like the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, pastry juggernaut Otis Spunkmeyer, and outdoor product specialists Jansport and The North Face.
Later on in her childhood, Cameron's family moved to Dublin, California, where she resides to this day.
As a goalkeeper on Dublin High School's Gaels girls soccer team, Cameron earned team captain, Contra Costa Times First Team, First-Team All-Diablo Foothill Athletic League, and league Defensive MVP honors her senior season. That came on the heels of being named to the All-Diablo Foothill Athletic League First Team in her junior season.
Cameron also played with youth clubs Dublin High Energy from 2000 through 2003 and Pleasanton Rage from 2004 through 2005.
In 2005, Cameron signed with Ada Greenwood's San Diego Toreros. Cameron's freshman season resulted in a 1.84 goals-against-average, a team-leading 70 saves, a season-high 11 saves against Anson Dorrance's North Carolina Tar Heels, and seven stops in a shutout victory over Loyola Marymount.
Cameron finished fourth in the West Coast Conference in saves (29) and saves per game (4.83).
In 2006, Cameron improved on her GAA with a 1.21 goals-against-average while leading her team in saves (38) and shutouts (five). Against Cal Poly and UCLA, Cameron made six saves.
Cameron's junior year saw all her hard work translated into plaudits aplenty. In her 21 games as goalkeeper, she notched a 0.71 GAA, earning Second-Team All-WCC honors.
Cameron also earned WCC Player of the Week and Soccer Buzz National Team of the Week member honors. She would also close 2007 by not allowing a goal in over 255 minutes of action.
In Cameron's final season, she made 66 saves, while earning a 0.75 GAA with nine shutouts.
That year, Cameron would become just the second player from USD to earn WCC Defensive Player of the Year Honors. Cameron was also named to the NSCAA All-Far West Region team.
All these postseason accolades in her senior year were the culmination of leading the Toreros to a No. 16 finish in the NSCAA Top 25 and Soccer Buzz Top 30 polls.
The impressive work put in by Cameron did not go unnoticed by Los Angeles Sol manager Abner Rogers, who proceeded to select her as the 52nd pick overall in the 2009 WPS Draft.
And while Cameron will play the role of the understudy to Karina LeBlanc and Val Henderson this year, one can make a guarantee that Cameron will make the best of her first opportunity on the pitch somewhere down the road.