SCARBOROUGH — Scarborough midfielder Wyatt Omsberg learned a lot from playing in his first Class A state championship game.

“I just learned it’s not fun to go all the way and lose,” he said.

Omsberg already has been on both the winning and losing sides in a Class A final.

In 2011, he was a sophomore playing for Messalonskee when Windham cruised to a 3-1 win.

Last fall, after transferring to Scarborough, he helped the Red Storm run away with a 4-1 victory against Mt. Ararat in the state championship game.

Omsberg, a 6-foot-5 senior, is a big reason why Scarborough is making its fourth trip to the state final in six seasons. The Red Storm play Hampden Academy Saturday afternoon at McMann Field in Bath.

“He does the little things, which is to me the most impressive thing about him,” Scarborough Coach Mark Diaz said. “Yeah, he does the obvious things. You know, the skill set, the ball movement, but he will do the little things. He’ll do whatever it takes to win.”

Scarborough keeper Pat Stanton, who plays on a premier team with Omsberg during the offseason, said the tall, lanky senior is one of the smartest players he’s ever been around.

“He knows exactly where to be at the right time,” Stanton said. “He’s got great game awareness. He’s just a great player. You don’t have to tell him; he knows exactly what to do.”

According to Diaz, Omsberg came to Scarborough with an innate ability to read what is happening on the field.

“If we need him to move the ball more, he’ll do it. If he needs to take a more defensive role, he’ll do it,” Diaz said. “He just does whatever it takes, and recognizes it instantly. That’s what makes him special. He doesn’t have to be told. He really doesn’t, and he’s always had that.”

Omsberg, who has made a verbal commitment to play soccer at Dartmouth and hopes to receive formal acceptance to the Ivy League school soon, has never stopped working on his game.

“Obviously, his game has improved because he works so hard on it, but he’s always had that high soccer IQ,” Diaz said. “Some people have that, and he’s one person who has it, and he’s always trying to get better.”

On Wednesday, Omsberg helped the Red Storm take control of the Western Maine final by lining in a shot from 35 yards while on the move just 22 seconds into the game. It was the first of his two goals and sparked the Storm to a 4-0 win over Portland, a team beat Scarborough 1-0 early in the season.

“I don’t think he’s a stat guy,” Diaz said. “He doesn’t care about those things. He just wants us to be successful on the field as a team.”

Omsberg said his move south to live with his mother has helped him improve as a player.

“I think (soccer) is more athletic down here,” he said. “It’s just a lot harder. The games are a little bit easier in (Eastern Class A). The competition is a little bit better down here, but there are still some good teams that come from the East every year as well.”

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