Warwick Fire shine, even in soggy weather

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:59

WARWICK-Last Sunday was an incredibly raw and windy day as the Warwick Fire soccer team prepared to meet one of New Paltz’s two teams for the first time on New Paltz’s home pitch. Spared from flooding, the fields were nonetheless spongy and slow. The condition of the pitch didn’t deter either team, however, as New Paltz scored first on a high header. This seemed to fire up Warwick, who answered with a goal by Nicholas Daigle on a cross pass from Phillip Goska. After several more attempts on goal, Nicholas Daigle took a big kick from center and the ball shot in over the New Paltz keeper’s head. After the half, the New Paltz offense came on strong, but goalie Matt Unick saved each attempt and the Warwick defense kept pushing the ball up field to the Warwick offense, nicknamed the Smurfs because they appeared so small against the New Paltz defense. Nick Blomfield took his opportunities and shots and scored two more goals for Warwick. Keeping the offensive pressure on, Daigle crossed to Gregory Snigur, who scored on a corner shot. The final score was Warwick 5, New Paltz 1. The Fire plays again Sunday, Oct. 23, at noon at home against another New Paltz team.