Sacred Heart soccer remembered Carson Hall in state championship games

By ANDREW ABADIE,

At Saturday’s soccer state championship games, both Sacred Heart soccer programs stepped on the field playing for something different.

 

In past years, each team stepped on the state championship field in the hopes of defending the school’s unlikely soccer dynasty. 

 

Upholding that tradition this year was no different, but both Crusader teams played for the memory of former Sacred Heart soccer player Carson Hall who drowned last summer in an accident just one month after graduating. 

 

Lacing up shoes, putting on jerseys was as usual, but one thing to notice was members of both teams had tape wrapped around wrists with the initials ‘CH’  written, which were Carson’s initials.  

 

For sister and goalkeeper Jillian Hall, every game this season has been played for the memory of her brother. Notably, Jillian had put together the best season of her career as she recorded 117 saves as a goalkeeper. 

 

“I feel like I always did [play for him],” Jillian said. “Ever since the first practice. He would love to be out [there], and I have to do it for him. I get my strength through my brother and my motivation through my team. I have been fine, and if anything, it has strengthened me.”

 

According to Jillian, her brother was something to look up to and that his brother always cherished the moment.

 

“He was always happy,’ Jill said. “When they did lose state, he wasn’t down about it. He just wanted to get back out there and win the next one.” 

 

Seaton Hixon remembered his teammate as someone who could inspire anyone and a role model in several ways. 

 

“He was someone that anybody could look up too,” Hixon said. “Off the field, you could just see the way that he lived his life was something that inspired people. He was a constant inspiration to others. He couldn’t go somewhere without putting a smile on someone’s face. He was that kind of person who always had an impact on everybody he came into contact with.”  

 

According to senior, Gabby Falla the development of playing the season in memory of Carson as a team happened right before the playoffs. 

 

“I always give my girls a good hype speech [before each] game,” Falla said. “I always tell them, ‘If there is anything you can do starting in the first round, play for someone on this team or somebody on the stands, or somebody who you know needs you and will push you through that pain.’ Pain is temporary. We talk about that all the time. I think a lot of these girls still have a place for Carson. They feel that he has just impacted the whole entire soccer program on so many levels. Jill is our goalkeeper and she has had a phenomenal year and I think just knowing that she is always with her is really special for our team and a good boost.”

 

Heath Hogan, who scored two goals in the boys’ overtime Saturday win, thought about his friend after each goal. Hogan, who had known Carson since youth soccer, was one of several players on the boy and girl teams with the initials ‘CH’ written on tape wrapped around his wrist. 

 

The Sacred Heart boys team came defended its title while the girls fell short off winning the state championship for the first time in four years. In spite of the results, according to Hogan, Carson would have been happy in either wins or loses.

 

“Carson would be very happy,” Hogan said after the championship win. “I know he is very proud. I think Jill played one of her best games of this year, in my opinion. She made plenty of great saves and I’m proud of her.

 

“Every time I scored, I just thanked him. I look up and thank him. I know he is there looking down. I know he wanted us to be here. I know he would be here cheering us on. He’d be the loudest fan out there if he was still here. I’m just proud to say that we did this, this year for him.”

 

 

At Saturday’s soccer state championship games, both Sacred Heart soccer programs stepped on the field playing for something different.

In past years, each team stepped on the state championship field in the hopes of defending the school’s unlikely soccer dynasty.

Upholding that tradition this year was no different, but both Crusader teams played for the memory of former Sacred Heart soccer player Carson Hall who drowned last summer in an accident just one month after graduating.

Lacing up shoes, putting on jerseys was as usual, but one thing to notice was members of both teams had tape wrapped around wrists with the initials ‘CH’  written, which were Carson Hall's initials. 

For sister and goalkeeper Jillian Hall, every game this season has been played for the memory of her brother. Notably, Jillian had put together the best season of her career as she recorded 117 saves as goalkeeper in her sophomore season.

“I feel like I always did [play for him],” Jillian said. “Ever since the first practice. He would love to be out [there], and I have to do it for him. I get my strength through my brother and my motivation through my team. I have been fine, and if anything, it has strengthened me.”

According to Jillian, her brother was something to look up to and that her brother always cherished the moment.

“He was always happy,’ Jillian said. “When they did lose state, he wasn’t down about it. He just wanted to get back out there and win the next one.”

Junior Seaton Hixon remembered his teammate as someone who could inspire anyone and as a role model.

“He was someone that anybody could look up too,” Hixon said. “Off the field, you could just see the way that he lived his life was something that inspired people. He was a constant inspiration to others. He couldn’t go somewhere without putting a smile on someone’s face. He was that kind of person who always had an impact on everybody he came into contact with.” 

According to senior Gabby Falla the development of playing the season in memory of Carson as a team happened right before the playoffs.

“I always give my girls a good hype speech [before each] game,” Falla said. “I always tell them, ‘If there is anything you can do starting in the first round, play for someone on this team or somebody on the stands, or somebody who you know needs you and will push you through that pain.’ Pain is temporary. We talk about that all the time. I think a lot of these girls still have a place for Carson. They feel that he has just impacted the whole entire soccer program on so many levels. Jill is our goalkeeper and she has had a phenomenal year. I think just knowing that she is always with her is really special for our team and a good boost.”

Senior Heath Hogan, who scored two goals in the boys’ overtime Saturday win, thought about his friend after each goal. Hogan, who had known Carson since youth soccer, was one of several players on the boy and girl teams with the initials ‘CH’ written on tape wrapped around his wrist.

The Sacred Heart boys team defended its title while the girls fell short off winning the state championship for the first time in four years. In spite of the results, according to Hogan, Carson would have been proud of both teams no matter the result.

“Carson would be very happy,” Hogan said after the championship win. “I know he is very proud. I think Jill played one of her best games of this year, in my opinion. She made plenty of great saves and I’m proud of her.

“Every time I scored, I just thanked him. I look up and thanked him. I know he is there looking down. I know he wanted us to be here. I know he would be here cheering us on. He’d be the loudest fan out there if he was still here. I’m just proud to say that we did this, this year for him.”