By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
Congratulations to Matthew Schwartz as he was honored as the Eastern New York 2011 Young Referee of the Year in a selection by the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) and Eastern New York State Senior Soccer Association.
The 17-year-old East Meadow resident studies at W.T. Clarke High School in Westbury. Matthew whistles top Long Island Junior Soccer League games every weekend and refereed the Arch Capital Group Challenge Cup Finals at the Peter Collins Soccer Park in Plainview last June.
“Matthew has shown character beyond his years on the field with enthusiasm for advancing through the ranks,” commented State Youth Referee Administrator Ray Wolfe.
Matthew is a member of the Long Island Soccer Referees Association and their Assigning Chairperson, Nanci Apostolides, said, “Matthew is available to referee as much as possible and truly understands what refereeing is all about.”
When he is not refereeing, he plays goalkeeper for the Boys-Under-17 Albertson Academy that plays in the ENYYSA Premier League.