Record-breaking soccer player Cassie Hall is even better at hockey
GENOA TOWNSHIP – Cassie Hall’s first experience in skates involved a pair that was nowhere near her size.
“Since I was little, even walking, I would put on my mom’s inline skates and skate down the aisle with my brother and sister,” Hall said.
“They were really big. I don’t really remember, but I imagine my ankles were really breaking in two.
Once she’d grown a bit and was outfitted with the proper footwear, Hall broke opponents’ ankles (figuratively speaking, of course), on the ice and on the soccer field.
The Charyl Stockwell Preparatory Academy junior will play for the United States Women’s National Under-18 Hockey Team at the World Championships June 6-13 in her future college hometown of Madison, Wisconsin.
In the meantime, she is breaking records on the soccer field, leading Charyl Stockwell to the best season in the program’s brief history.
With five goals and an assist in a 7-1 win over Southfield Christian on Tuesday at Genoa Township Park, Hall took his season tally to 53 goals and six assists in 17 games. It was the fifth time she had scored at least five goals, with her record being two six-goal performances.
According to records submitted to MHSAA, only 16 players in Michigan history — none from Livingston County schools — have scored more goals.
“I couldn’t do it without my teammates,” Hall said. ” They trust me. They give me the ball. They are able to kick the field and I am able to run to him.
She has participated in 59 of the Sentinels’ 66 goals this season. Stockwell is 9-9, winning more games this spring than in the program’s first four seasons combined.
“It’s football,” Stockwell coach Doug Brown said. “It’s an 11v11 game. You can have the best player on Earth; if you don’t have the rest of the team around them, you’re not going anywhere.
“The thing we have to bring home as a team is every goal they have, someone helped somewhere. Having someone we can go to again and again is exceptional, but it really is top-down teamwork. This is by far the best season for our soccer team.
Hall gave a glimpse of what was to come in his freshman season of high school soccer last year, scoring 10 goals and adding three assists in a 12-game season. She had a year off from football, not having had the opportunity to play as a freshman when COVID restrictions wiped out spring 2020 sports.
“I started very young,” she says. “I used to play trips until high school. Hockey bothered me so I had to quit, but then I started playing in high school.
“Hockey is more my thing, but soccer is fun. It’s something I do to keep going and have fun.
Although Hall has been great at soccer, she plays at an even higher level on the ice.
Hall, a 16-year-old forward who lives in south Lyon, was invited to U18 Select Camp and the USA Hockey Women’s National Festival in Minnesota last summer.
Based on her performances, she was named to the Women’s National Under-18 Team in October. The world championships were scheduled for January 8-15 in Sweden, but the event was canceled for about a week due to new COVID fears.
At the time, Hall thought it was a lost opportunity.
“It was very disappointing,” she said. “They told us they had no reschedule date, nothing. Everyone thought it was over.”
But later in the winter, not only was the tournament revived, it was moved to Madison. Hall committed to the University of Wisconsin when he was in eighth grade.
“There’s going to be a lot of good talent there,” said Hall, who has won national championships with Little Caesars for the past two years. “It’s an honor to be able to represent my country.”
Having an athlete of Hall’s caliber is a boon for a Stockwell program that is still in the building phase.
“It’s fantastic to see her play, really,” Brown said. It’s great to see how proud the rest of the team is of what they are capable of. They encourage him every time. It’s really awesome to see how she can do that. For Pete’s sake, she has skills you don’t see that often.
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