Warwick Fire overcome wet field, New Paltz team

| 28 Sep 2011 | 03:00

WARWICK-The Warwick Fire, the U11 boys soccer team, overcame a New Paltz team that scored two first half goals on yet another wet, slippery field last Sunday to win 3-2. The Fire returned to play in the second half energized. Nick Blomfield scored the first Warwick goal, giving the team the spirit to keep on trying. Blomfield also scored the second goal after a foul outside the 18-yard box resulted in a direct free kick. The game was now tied 2-2. After that, both teams put on the steam, with the ball staying in the center of the pitch, not moving much past midfield. Then, with less than five minutes in the game, Blomfield took the ball again, then passed to Gregory Snigur who re-directed the ball into the net to score the winning goal. For the remaining few minutes New Paltz tried to keep on the pressure, but the Warwick defense, with Matt Unick in goal, kept them at bay. The final score, Warwick Fire 3, New Paltz, 2. Feeling the victory, the entire Warwick team lifted Snigur onto their shoulders at the conclusion of a very tough but satisfying game. The Fire plays Middletown on Sunday, Oct. 30, in Warwick at noon. The team is in a three-way tie for first place. Based on goals scored, the Fire are behind the Newburgh’s Real, a team which beat them once. A rematch is expected - an eagerly anticipated.