Concord-Carlisle senior Mikey O’Brien opened the letter last Monday.
He read it through, saw something about being an All-American and immediately passed it off to his sister, Andrea O'Brien.
“I think there was a mistake,” he said.
It must have been for Andrea, a junior on the girls’ soccer team who was No. 2 in the state in scoring this season with 34 goals and nine assists. She looked at it and realized it wasn’t. It was for Mikey, and he still couldn’t believe it.
“Leave it to Mikey,” said C-C boys’ soccer coach Ray Pavlik. “He had it for a day and passed it off as nothing.”
O’Brien is believed to be the first All-American in program history. His 18 goals in 16 games was just a thumbprint of the mark he left on Concord-Carlisle soccer, ranking in the top five for career points and earning the respect of the area’s top coaches. He played a major part in two state titles in previous years and an EMass title in 2011.
Naturally, Andrea received similar notification later that week. She too was an All-American.
Andrea returns next season to try to lift her C-C squad to a better finish than this year, when the Patriots were ousted by Peabody in the Division 1 North quarterfinals.
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