“When I decided to put him at center back, for four games we only allowed a total of 10 to 12 shots on goal,” Jackson said. “It was a really good move to put him back there and it has helped us win.”
“My mindset was we got to keep things locked down,” Patterson said.
Another great thing about Patterson is that he can be trusted to play goalie during penalty kicks like in the 4-3 triumph over Dutchtown on April 3.
“We showed heart from the beginning of the game until the end of the game,” Patterson said. “All 17 of us.”
“He probably knows more about the game of soccer than most kids his age,” Jackson said. “Not only on the field but what you need to do off the field to be prepared.”
Next year, Patterson will continue to play soccer at Georgia State under head coach Brett Surrency, whom he played for years ago in the Olympic Development Program.
“We just clicked and I liked his style of play and coaching,” Patterson said.