O'Brien Leads Hokies Past Radford
Senior tied school records with four goals and nine points
October 22, 2003

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech senior soccer player Bobby O'Brien wasn't just satisfied with a hat trick Wednesday night. The Williamsburg, Va., native added a fourth goal and also an assist to lead the Hokies past the visiting Radford Highlanders 5-1 in the annual "Battle for the New River Rock."

O'Brien tied Jason Entlich's record for most goals in a match, set in 1993, and also tied Fred Silva's record for points in a match with nine. He also moved into the top 10 in career goals with 22 and points with 58. O'Brien had seven shots on the night - all on goal - as the Hokies improved to 11-3-1 overall and regained the New River Rock after the Highlanders has beaten the Hokies in 2002. Radford fell to 6-7-1 with the loss.

The Hokies controlled the tempo of the match, outshooting the Highlanders 29-10, including 18-7 in the second half when they netted four goals. After 45 minutes, however, the Hokies only had a one-goal advantage. O'Brien scored his first goal at 29:09 on a rebound off his own shot.

O'Brien netted the Hokies' second goal at 48:19 when he took a cross pass from sophomore Dustin Dyer and slapped a shot to the back left corner of the net. He made it a hat trick at 66:02 when he took a pass from sophomore Peer Rogge and beat Highlander keeper Dan Stevens. At 73:28, the Hokies were awarded an indirect kick from the top left side of the box. O'Brien passed it to junior Bailey Allman, who then sailed a shot over Stevens for his second goal of the year.

Radford's Patrick Colas scored his ninth goal of the year at 83:12, beating Hokie reserve keeper Jeff Graham, who made his first career appearance in net for Virginia Tech. O'Brien then closed the scoring frenzy with his fourth goal at 88:57. He took a pass from freshman Ben Nason and slammed a shot that ricocheted off the left post and into the back of the net. Nason registered his team-leading sixth assist on the play.

The Hokies' next match is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 25 when Notre Dame visits for a 7 p.m. BIG EAST match.