During a Sept. 2011 matchup, Warrensburg Varsity Soccer players Chris Cupp (left) and Shane Putney (right) pass the ball as a North Warren player attempts a steal. Warrensburg High School decided to shelve its soccer program for 2012 due to the resignation of a coach, not enough players to field a team, as well as budget constraints.
continued In northern Warren County, Warrensburg joins North Warren and Lake George in offering the sport.
Warrensburg won’t be abandoning the idea of getting back into soccer in the future, Lawson continued.
“If there are enough bodies and we can line up a coach, we’ll put a team out there,” he said.
The shutdown of the WCS Varsity-level soccer follows a multi-year effort by Warrensburg to combine their program with Bolton Central. Although Warrensburg school board members and administrators supported the idea — along with personnel in Bolton — the Bolton school board squashed the idea.
Bolton's Boys Soccer team has been led in recent years by Francesco Roca, a soccer star in college who was named Coach of the Year regionally in 2009.
That was the year Bolton's soccer program left the Mountain & Valley Athletic Conference — in which the Varsity squad was annually among top contenders — and joined the Adirondack League, which presented a formidable new level of play.
Under Roca’s tutelage, the Varsity team fought all the way to the Section II Class D finals, setting a school record.
In succeeding years, the string of victories continued. In 2011, the boys soccer team racked up 15 wins.
Such expertise isn’t lost on Lawson.
“Considering our declining enrollment, we’ll be continuing to negotiate with Bolton on merging our soccer programs,” he said.