Clock winds down for WMC soccer standout Schoberg Senior leaving strong legacy

October 26, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

A photo in Tuesday's section incorrectly identified former Western Maryland soccer player Ron Chesney (left).

* The Sun regrets the error.

For the past four years, Western Maryland senior Scott Schoberg has done whatever was asked of him on the soccer field.

A four-year starter, the Westminster High grad began his college career as a defender and has moved to the center midfield position the past two seasons to run the show for the Green Terrors.

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As his final season unwinds, plenty of Schoberg's talents will be missed: his smooth ball-handling skills (coach Matt Robinson says it often looks like Schoberg has the ball on a string to his foot), the keen ability to see the entire field and find open teammates and his steady scoring touch. What will be missed most, however, is Scott Schoberg.

"After four years, it's going to be hard not seeing him on the field," said Robinson.

"What's so special about Scott is that he just loves the game and goes out and has fun. You see it in the way he plays, he really enjoys himself out there. You just don't find that kid of enthusiasm very often any more. He has the same joy for life as he does for the game; away from the field, he's always keeping you laughing."

Schoberg plans to enter the advertising field when he graduates in the spring with a double major in communication and art. He sees many parallels with his major and soccer.

"You get off the soccer field the same kind of communicating skills," he said.

"All the friendships and communications I've developed is what I'll take with me more than anything I've ever done on the soccer field," Schoberg said. "That's what I'll miss most."

Schoberg has scored 16 goals and has seven assists for the Green Terrors over the past four years. When asked, he said he didn't think he had any career highlights, but Robinson recalls a few.

"I still remember a goal he scored in a spring game during his sophomore year," Robinson said.

"He went through about 10 players with a couple of one-two's, beating a couple more on his own and then scoring. The goalie never had a chance."

After three straight winning seasons, the Green Terrors have struggled this season, due to inexperience and injuries. It has enabled most opponents to mark Schoberg with two players. Despite the frustration, Schoberg sees a bright future for the Green Terrors.

"I just tried to make the younger players feel like we were all the same and also tried to be a leader for them," Schoberg said.

"They're very tight as a group and there's a lot of talent. I'm excited for them knowing they're going to be a pretty good team in a couple of years. Knowing I started out with them and kind of initiated them to the Western Maryland program means a lot."

The Green Terrors still have four games left to salvage a bit of the season and take some momentum into next season. Schoberg has one game in particular on his mind -- tomorrow's match against nationally-ranked Gettysburg.

"Beating Gettysburg is the one thing I want more than anything. They're a talented team and I'm really excited. I'm trying to get everyone up for this one and hope we can knock them off," he said.

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