HARVARD -- A box score can only pay so much credit to a player; it cannot exemplify his sheer athleticism and what he means to his team. Dylan Osgood led the Mid-Wach C league in goals with 16 and three assists, but what you won't find in the stat column are his leadership qualities.
"Dylan's sportsmanship is outstanding," said legendary Bromfield soccer head coach Tom Hill. "He is a hard worker, always hungry and helps out on defense. He has never missed a practice."
The Bromfield boys' soccer team did not achieve what they set out to accomplish at the beginning of the season, and that was bringing home another Division 3 State Title. The Trojans' 2012 season ended at Lunenburg High School on a cold November night to Keefe Tech by a score of 1-0 in overtime. Osgood had a chance at goal when Lucas Hickoc crossed the ball into the 18-yard box. The linesman ruled Osgood offsides by the slimmest of margins.
The loss to Keefe Tech was a tough one for Osgood to take, but he now turns his sights on his new club team, N.E.F.C. U18 United. Osgood tried out for the team in late June of last year, and looks to continue to impress his new soccer coach, Peter Simoni. The difference between club soccer and the high school game is the speed and the crispness of the passing. Athletes competing in club soccer are often more serious about the game than your casual interscholastic player.
Osgood paused briefly when he was asked about the Keefe Tech match, but he had this to say about leaving the soccer program at The Bromfield School.
"I am going to miss playing with my friends from high school. Club soccer is different; you don't get to spend as much time with your teammates as you do in high school."
As senior captain, Osgood motivated his team with his nose for the goal and finishing capabilities. He brought the Bromfield soccer community together much like his brother Cody Osgood did during his tenure. The love for the game of soccer started in the backyard of his family's house in Harvard where he, Cody and his sister Rylee would all fine-tune their soccer skills.
Osgood wreaked havoc on opposing defenses with his tenacious style of play, and therefore created opportunities for his teammates. The Trojans' star striker's favorite memory was when he was given the chance to take the pitch with his brother during his freshman year.
If a teammate found himself in the doldrums of a game, or midseason practice Osgood would always find a way to motivate him in true captain fashion. "If someone looks like they are having a hard time I will try and cheer them up." he said.
Osgood found himself a bit banged up in a game with Leominster in his career, but he played through the pain, symbolizing his grit and willingness to sacrifice his own well-being for the sake of his team.
"He got injured badly against Leominster one year, but he never seems to be injured," Hill said.
Like many elite high school players, Osgood looks for more reasons to stay on the field, not for one to take him off.
He has received some interest at the next level from Division 3 schools, such as Colby-Sawyer College and Lesley University.
"We're going to miss him," said Hill. "You could always count on Dylan to make that difficult goal. He has been enjoyable cause of his skills, and personality on the field."