August 6, 2010

Former Quinnipiac Goalkeeper Freddy Hall Ends Trial With Plymouth Argyle F.C., Returns To Bermuda

Former Quinnipiac goalkeeper Freddy Hall was recently featured in Bermuda's The Royal Gazette and England's Plymouth Herald as a possible addition to the Plymouth Argyle of England's Football League One. The Argyle, also known as the Pilgrims, recently completed a preseason tour of the Netherlands, with Hall appearing in one game. While Argyle general manager Peter Reid was pleased with Hall's play, his professional trial ended and Hall returned to Bermuda with the possibility of a future signing with the Pilgrims.

"This young man deserves every bit of success available to him," Quinnipiac Men's Soccer Head Coach Eric Da Costa said. "I am very happy for him and excited to follow his career. Freddy has all of the qualities needed to be a top goalkeeper at the professional level. He is enjoying his experience and working hard to secure a spot. Everyone associated with our program is very proud of him and wish him the very best. Quinnipiac soccer meant a great deal to him, he continues to be a fantastic ambassador of the program."

Plymouth head coach Paul Mariner first heard of Hall from current Quinnipiac assistant, Neil Shaka Hislop, who worked with Argyle general manager Peter Reid to bring Hall on-board. Hall recently completed a three-year career at Quinnipiac that saw the 6-2 keeper lead the Bobcats to their first Northeast Conference Championship Game. Hall was a three-time All-NEC selection, earning First Team honors in 2009. He was also recognized as part of the 2009 adidas National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-North Atlantic Regional Second Team.

The three-year starter led the Bobcats to back-to-back NEC Tournament berths for the first time in program history in 2008 and 2009 on his way to his second honor as a member of the conference's All-Tournament Team.

The Bobcats' goalkeeper was ranked first or second in every statistical category in the NEC this past season. Hall not only led the conference in saves, but all of Division I in 2009, turning aside 121 shots on his way to posting the third best save percentage in the nation (.883). In 20 games this season, Hall allowed just 16 goals and posted 10 shutouts during his final season in Hamden. All of these also helped Hall win the "Player's Player of the Year" award as voted on by his teammates.