HARVARD — The Bromfield boys soccer program has featured some great players over the years, but few have put a final exclamation point on their careers the way Cody Osgood did. There was no District Championship for the Trojans in 2009, but the senior forward did everything he could by finishing his career with eight goals in two playoff games, including six in a victory over Whitinsville Christian.
Osgood finished his career with 85 goals, including 33 in his final season after being switched from forward to midfield. He was a key component on Bromfield teams that captured State Division 3 championships in 2007 and 2008, scoring 20 goals as a sophomore and 26 as a junior.
But Osgood was anything but a forward who waited for the ball to come to him. He was an aggressive, ball-hawk who pestered opposition defenses and made clearing passes difficult. His hard work led to numerous scoring opportunities and goals.
“The number one responsibility for a forward is to score goals,” said Cody. “But it is also important to make the defense make mistakes. I took pride in pressuring the defense. I played against kids with better skills than me, but I knew that if I worked hard and beat them to the ball they couldn’t use those skills.”
“Cody has always been like the energizer bunny,” said Bromfield coach Tom Hill. “He has the ability to make things happen and is all over the field. Some players who scored a lot of goals did most of their work after receiving the ball from a teammate. That wasn’t true with Cody. He was a complete player, who not only could score but worked hard to gain possession of the ball.”
Osgood was a four-year varsity player and three year starter, and he just continued to get better. He has enhanced his skills by playing high level soccer away from high school, including playing for the New England Revolution Academy team.
“I started playing there last year on the U16 team,” said Cody. “I play center midfield for them. This year I am playing on the U18 team. Last February and Match I was never home and we have an upcoming tournament in Phoenix. We practice at Gillette Stadium and that is quite a thrill.”
Cody’s role has increased each season, as did his production.
“As a freshman my job was to provide energy off the bench,” he said. “It was a learning experience and I got a taste of play at the varsity level. We lost in the District final to Bartlett and I can remember how quiet the bus ride home was. That loss was incentive for the next season.”
Cody became a starter as a sophomore and his scoring totals grew with his expanded role.
“I started the season OK but hit a rough patch and struggled.”
But with a successful drive to a District Championship, followed by a State Championship, Osgood emerged as a finisher, scoring nine goals in five playoff games. That was the foundation for his legacy of scoring big goals in meaningful games.
“We had a great team and we didn’t think anyone could stop us,” he said. “Personally, it was a confidence boosting year for me.”
“The next year we had a bullseye on our backs,” said Cody. “We struggled some early but just past the midway point of the season we started to click. We had a talented starting lineup and I think Kevin Molinaro was the key for us and he was very underrated.”
Cody’s experience playing midfield away from high school came in handy as a senior. Back-to-back graduation classes cost the services of some great midfielders and Cody was moved back.
“It wasn’t a big deal and not that big of a switch,” said Cody. “The move made sense to me. We started in a 4-4-2 set and switched to a 3-5-2 late in the season. That allowed me to play more offense.”
“Cody is one of the best finishers we have had at Bromfield,” said Hill. “He is a natural born finisher. But he was always more about winning than scoring goals and more about team than individual goals. He played both ends of the field and was willing to do what it took to win.”
Bromfield’s season and Cody’s career ended with a 4-2 setback to Maynard in the District semifinals.
“I just think that Maynard wanted the game more,” said Cody.
Aside from producing at a high rate, the other staple of Osgood was the quick and perpetual smile he played with. He loves the game and enjoyed everything about Bromfield soccer.
“When I was younger I loved playing with the older kids,” said Cody. “I have a lot of respect for the older kids in this program and all they have accomplished. I am going to miss it. Here at Bromfield the season is a disappointment unless you win the State Championship. There are high expectations here and some kids understand and others don’t. You have to learn to live with the fact that everyone wants to beat Bromfield.”
There is a lot of mutual respect between Cody and coach Hill.
“Hilly knows how to win,” said Cody. “He says the right thing and I loved playing for him. He is a funny guy. He will yell at you, but it is nothing personal.”
“Cody has a very pleasant personality and is one of the most likable kids in the school,” said Hill. “He is one of my all-time favorite players.”
How would Cody like to be remembered?
“As a kid who never stopped working and never gave up,” he said. “The State Championship as a sophomore is my best memory. That was the first championship and I really enjoyed playing with that group. It was also the year I emerged and really started contributing.”
As a senior, Cody was able to play alongside his brother Dylan, who enjoyed a productive freshman season.
“It was great to play with Dylan,” said Cody. “He is going to be a good player. The hard work he put in this year changed his game and I am going to keep track of his career.”
What’s does the future have in store for Cody?
“I want to play soccer in college, but I am looking for the right fit academically,” said Cody. “High school just flew by but I am ready to try some new challenges. I would like to thank my parents for all the time and support they gave me. I would like to thank coach Hill. Also, coach Davison for what he did both in high school and at the club level. Thanks to Dennis DeGara for all the support he gave the team and also all my teammates. I will miss the bus rides, the pasta parties and the camaraderie we shared.”