Soccer is in Patrick O'Brien's blood.
Patrick grew up watching his older brother, Bobby, excel in the sport, first at Jamestown High and then at Virginia Tech. So even though he always plays basketball, there is no question that soccer is his first love.
So far, so good. Patrick O'Brien is the Daily Press' boys soccer player of the year after scoring 22 goals and recording 14 assists for the Eagles, who advanced to the Group AA state semifinals in Bobby's third season as Jamestown's coach.
"We had a lot of young guys step up," Patrick O'Brien said. "We just came out and played our hardest every game and rose to the occasion multiple times. We just had a great season."
Patrick and Bobby both admit the coach often expects more from his brother than other players. Patrick doesn't expect that to change, figuring Bobby will be "probably even harder" on him next season, when he'll be a senior on a team already eyeing another state tournament trip.
"I think there will be a little pressure, but I just have to work hard again (and) work as a team again," he said. "My teammates were a big part of my success this year."
Patrick O'Brien continues family tradition
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