Hall reaches state final for first time in 35 years, defeating East Hartford
NEW BRITAIN—The long wait for the Hall boys soccer team is over.
Hall has not played for a state championship since 1983 and not won it all since 1980.
The No. 2 Warriors ended the first streak by beating CCC rival No. 19 East Hartford 2-0 in the CIAC Class LL semifinals Wednesday night in New Britain.
Under coach Zeke Segura, Hall has reached the semifinals 7 times in 24 years but could not get past the round until this season.
They will look to win their first championship in 38 years Saturday when they take on No. 8 and defending Class LL champions Glastonbury in the final.
Glastonbury and Hall tied 1-1 in the regular season.
“This feels very good. It’s been a while since Hall has been there but we are looking forward to bringing it home,” Hall senior captain Charlie Cubbage said. “East Hartford is very athletic and we knew there were a few key players we would have to close down on and I think we did that. Our midfield is the basis of our team. We go through them for everything and I thought we did that well today.”
Hall controlled play most of the night by dominating midfield play.
Hall was controlling the majority of play in the first half before finally breaking through with a goal by Cubbage with 11:39 remaining in the half.
Hall would go up 2-0 in the second half on a magnificent header by Enrik Prestashi.
From there, Hall was content to pack it back on defense where it allowed the potent East Hartford attack very few clean looks to shoot.
The loss ends a magical run for East Hartford who was looking to reach a state final for the first time in school history.
“I couldn’t be more proud of these guys,” East Hartford coach Michael Vendetti said. “I am happy we made it this far but it very disappointing for it to end this way. I think we play in the toughest league in the state, the CCC is the toughest league with a lot of big dogs.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Charlie Cubbage, Hall. The senior kept his season going with his first half goal and the Hall offense never stopped applying pressure to East Hartford.
“We got it done and it is long overdue,” Hall coach Segura said. “This is my seventh final four and we finally got over the hump. It feels great, absolutely great but we still have one more. We know what we have, Glastonbury is a great team. We are so grateful to have the opportunity to play one last game in the final.
HALL 2, EAST HARTFORD 0
EAST HARTFORD 0 0--0
HALL 1 1--2
Records: H—18-1-1; EH—12-5-3
Goals: H—Charlie Cubbage, Enrik Prestashi. Goalies: EH—Julio Argueta 10 saves; H—Max Kalsner Kershen 7 saves