December 9, 2013

Boys’ soccer player of the year: Hard-working Omsberg got a championship payoff

Scarborough’s Wyatt Omsberg did whatever his team needed to win yet another state title.

By Mark Emmert memmert@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

Wyatt Omsberg is the consummate team player, a standout who doesn’t stand out.

Scarborough’s Wyatt Omsberg, left, seen challenging Portland’s Jonathan Bobe in the Western Class A boys’ final Nov. 6, was no surprise to his coach, Mark Diaz. “He gave us commitment,” Diaz said of the senior, who will attend Dartmouth next year.

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BOYS’ ALL-STATE SOCCER TEAM

Matt Crowley, Greely senior, midfield: Led Rangers to first Class B state title in 38 years.

Abdibaari Hersi, Lewiston senior, midfield: The KVAC Class A player of the year, Hersi scored a team-high 11 goals to lead the Devils to their second consecutive Eastern Class A final.

Ian Lee, Madawaska senior, striker: Scored 38 goals to bring his career total to a state-record 127 and led the Owls to their first Eastern Class C title in six seasons.

David Murphy, Yarmouth senior, midfield: A versatile player who impacted matches for a team that didn’t lose until the regional final.

D.J. Nicholas, North Yarmouth Academy junior, striker: Led WMC in scoring for second consecutive season with 32 goals to run his career total to 70.

Wyatt Omsberg, Scarborough senior, midfield: Scored 19 goals to lead Red Storm to second consecutive Class A state title.

Chandler Smith, Yarmouth senior, back: Team leader and shutdown defender for the Clippers.

Pat Stanton, Scarborough senior, goalkeeper: Anchored defense for the Red Storm’s last two runs to the Class A state championship.

Peter Vannorsdall, Camden Hills senior, midfield: Led Windjammers to three consecutive Eastern Class B championships.

Luke Vilas, Falmouth sophomore, striker: Led the Yachtsmen with five goals in a 9-5-2 season.

Yusef Yama, Portland senior, midfield: A transfer from Lewiston, Yama scored 13 goals to lead Bulldogs to the Western Class A final. 

Coach of the Year

Mike Andreasen, Greely: Guided the Rangers to victory over Camden Hills in the Class B title game, the school’s first championship since winning in Class A in 2007. Greely finished 14-2-2.

From his midfield position, he can drift back to help stifle opposing offenses or surge forward to help press the attack.

Whatever his Scarborough team needed, he provided the past two seasons, both of which ended with Class A championships.

For his efforts, he is the Maine Sunday Telegram boys’ soccer player of the year.

“It’s an honor to hear that, but I think it’s a reflection on my teammates and my coaches and everything we’ve gone through together this year trying to make each other better,” Omsberg said, deflecting attention away from himself the way he has deflected so many opponents’ scoring chances.

“It’s great to have your hard work pay off, especially these last two years.”

Omsberg arrived at Scarborough from Messalonskee before his junior season after his mother’s job transfer. Already established as one of the state’s top players, the transition could have been dicey if Omsberg had exhibited any ego. Instead, Coach Mark Diaz said, it was as simple as giving the lanky 6-foot-5 Omsberg his marching orders and then watching him quietly control the middle of the pitch.

“I think it’s his unselfishness that sets him apart. That’s what made it easy for him to come in here and be a part of what we were doing. Because he can adjust his game to fit whatever the team needs,” Diaz said.

Omsberg made a big decision last fall when he chose to continue his career at Dartmouth. With that out of the way, he concentrated on helping the Red Storm win another title, settling into a leadership role and being asked to provide more offense.

Scarborough lost to Portland in the second match of the year, and Omsberg said that defeat became the impetus for the championship that followed.

“At the beginning of the year we were a little bit sloppy,” he said. “The loss to Portland, I think that really motivated us to play every day harder in practice, play harder in every game. It was a little bit of a wakeup call.”

Omsberg scored 19 goals this season, including two in a 4-0 victory over Portland in the playoffs.

Working hard at soccer has never been an issue for Omsberg.

“He gave us commitment,” Diaz said. “I have a lot of players that go out on their own and get better. He spent time playing in other leagues and clubs, but I’ve seen him out here on the turf in the summertime working on his game on a Friday night, a Saturday night, by himself.

“It’s no surprise he’s in this situation. This is what he loves to do, what he’s focused on.”

Mark Emmert can be reached at 791-6424 or at:

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