By Miranda Kulp, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Veteran soccer player, Nate Lee is known for motivating the Nittany Lions on the field, however his motivation primarily comes from his two older brothers.
Lee is the youngest of three sons, Aj and Justin who are twins and each played soccer in college before coming professionals.
"My brothers are definitely influences on my soccer career," said Lee. "When I was younger I picked soccer up since both of my brothers did it and fell in love with the game. Each of their success really motivates me still and makes me want to always try my best."
Each of Lee's older brothers played soccer in college, Aj went to Maryland and Justin is a former Nittany Lion who played at the university from 2008-2010.
Following his brother Justin, Nate transferred to Penn State in 2013 after his redshirt-freshman year at High Point University.
Although Nate is four years younger than his brothers, he finally got his chance to play on the same field as them this summer when all three Lee brothers played on Guam's National Team.
"Being out there on the same field with my brothers was an amazing experience since I've never been able to do that before. The best was in the spring we all started so it was great walking out together and getting our first international cap with all of us on the field," said Lee.
The Guam Football Association was founded in 1975 and then officially recognized by FIFA in 1996. The team is currently leading its group and 90,000 fans attend to show support at their matches.
A friend of Aj helped all three brothers try out for the team, which created an opportunity for the first time all three brothers played for their native homeland.
Soccer has always been a part of the Lee family and the sibling similarities can be noticed by anyone who is watching the boys play.
"It was a great experience to watch all three of them take the field together internationally," said assistant coach Chad Duernberger.
Duernberger was working for Penn State Athletics when Justin wore his Penn State jersey and notes the similar playing styles between him and Nate.
"It's funny since Nate is the youngest but he is the biggest of the three, when watching you can see him and his brother similar playing styles," noted Duernberger. "I remember watching Nate coming out of high school and to see him grow into the player he is today entering his senior year has been a lot of fun."
Nate, just like his brothers, is a defender for the Lions and has made an impact on the team since transferring to Penn State.
"He's one of our vocal leaders on the team, although he doesn't have the armband you can see his leadership role every time he's on the field," said Duernberger. "Ever since Nate came back from Guam, he's got a new sense of confidence and you can see the experience really elevated his skills. He has a certain professional mentality now."
Currently a communication/CAS major, Nate plans on continuing to play soccer after graduation. His dream is to go over to Asia or somewhere to continue playing soccer with his brothers.
Although Aj and Justin are busy playing in the pros, Nate is gearing up with the Lions as the team hits the road for the first away match of the season. Penn State will take on Temple University in Ambler, Pa. on Friday September, 4 at 4:30pm in hopes to add another win to the record.