O'Brien, Harrison Honored by BIG EAST
Two men's soccer players receive weekly honors
October 28, 2002

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The BIG EAST Conference honored Virginia Tech men's soccer reserve Bobby O'Brien (Williamsburg, Va.) and goalkeeper Chase Harrison (Huntington, W.Va.) as Offensive Player of the Week and Co-Goalkeeper Player of the Week, respectively. O'Brien and Harrison helped guide Tech to its fifth consecutive victory Sunday in a 1-0 shutout over Syracuse as the Hokies improved to 10-5-1 on the year and 5-3-0 in conference play.

O'Brien, a junior tri-captain from Williamsburg, Va., scored the game-winning goal with 1:48 remaining in regulation in the Hokies' match against Syracuse. O'Brien, who has become a key reserve for Tech after starting the first nine matches of the season, has tallied five points (two goals, one assist) off the bench in the Hokies' last two conference matches. He is currently tied for the team lead with nine points (three goals, three assists) in BIG EAST play. This is the third consecutive week a Hokie player has at least shared the weekly honor.

Assisted by a tremendous defensive effort against the Orangemen, Harrison claimed his second shutout this season in BIG EAST action with six saves against Syracuse. The true freshman owns a 1.05 goals against average in conference play along with a .814 save percentage. Harrison, who received the honor last week as well, shares the weekly award with West Virginia keeper Chris McKinney.

Tech will conclude the season on the road this week when it travels to Storrs, Conn., to face No. 9 Connecticut Wednesday night followed by a match at No. 13 Notre Dame Friday night. The Hokies, who enter the week with a 5-4-1 record away from home, could clinch a BIG EAST postseason tournament berth for the second straight season with a win or a tie in their last two outings.