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

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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