Bethesda Dragons: Team News

Monday, August 29

Welcome to the Team Website of the Retired Bethesda Soccer Club (BSC) Dragons!

The Bethesda Dragons was a Maryland U18 Girls team coached by Mike Calabretta, assistant coach of the Georgetown University Women's Soccer team, until they grew up and went off to college. All of the Bethesda Dragons players went on to play soccer in college.  Follow their soccer careers below!

For Team Contact Information, click here.

Sunday, August 28
College Bound
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Dragons in College

From left to right, Top Row:

Collen, Jackie, Kathryn, Alexis, Katie S., Marlee, Cami, Elle, Katie C., Isabel, Crystal

Bottom Row:

Maddie, Peyton, Campbell, Andie, Victoria, Jordan, Bridget, Catherine, Alex, Melissa
(not pictured: Hannah/Providence College and Jessie/VCU)

Congratulations Dragons, U18 Maryland State Champions!

U18 State Champions

Thursday, May 26

Puma Features Superstar Soccer Player Alex Doll!

Alex Doll, a Bethesda Dragon and Women's U.S. National Soccer Team member, is featured in a Puma advertisement, scheduled for debut in the May 2011 high school edition of ESPN Rise.  Awesome!

Alex Puma Ad

Tuesday, August 17
Hail and Farewell

The team welcomes new coach, Mike Calabretta and four new players --- Isabel Chang, Melissa Downey, Andrea Romness, and Maddie Simms. Welcome, new families!

We also bid farewell to coach Dave and our rising college freshmen --- Kathryn Barth (Penn), Colleen Dinn (Georgetown), Peyton Johnson (Harvard), Crystal Koczot (Richmond), Jessie Krasko (VCU), and Jackie Moriarty (Syracuse). Good luck girls, we'll be cheering you on!

Follow the Dragons in College!

(Click on the links below to learn more about each player and to follow the success of their team throughout the season.)





Kathryn Barth Penn Quakers/University of Pennsylvania

Isabel Chang 

Dukes/James Madison University


Katy Colas       Blue Devils/Duke University

Colleen Dinn 

Colleen Dinn — Hoyas/Georgetown University

 Alex Doll

Alex Doll Cardinals/Stanford University   
Melissa Downey — Tigers/Princeton University

 Victoria Gersh

Victoria Gersh — Wildcats/Villanova University
Peyton Johnson Crimson/Harvard University
Crystal Koczot — Spiders/Richmond University
Jessie Krasko  Rams/Virgnia Commonwealth University
Bridget Maloy — Seahawks/St. Mary's College of Maryland
Campbell Millar — Cavaliers/University of Virginia 
Jackie Moriarty Orange/Syracuse University
Cami Notaro-Williams Mules/Colby College
Alexis Prada  Fighting Camels/Campbell University
 Andie Romness
Andie Romness  Gamecocks/University of South Carolina 
 Katie Sanquist
Katie Sanquist  Wildcats/Villanova University
 Hannah Sasscer
Hannah Sasscer — Friars/Providence College
Jordan Savold  Tigers/Colorado College
 Elle Silverman
Elle Silverman — Pioneers/Grinnell College
 Maddie Simms
Maddie Simms  Hurricanes/University of Miami  
Marlee Stynchula  Dukes/James Madison University
Catherine Troup  Lions/Columbia University

Good luck ladies!


Dragons Career Tournament Results, 2006 - 2011

Tournament Results: 

  • 2011 ECNL National Championships, U18 - Finalists
  • 2011 Region 1 Championships, U18 - Finalists 
  • 2011 Columbia Invitational, U18/U19 - Champions  
  • 2011 Maryland State Cup, U18 - Champions
  • 2011 Region 1 Premier League, U18 Playoffs - Finalists
  • 2011 Region 1 Premier League, U18 South - Champions
  • 2010 Discovery Cup - Champions 
  • 2010 Region 1 National Championships - Semi-Finalists
  • 2010 Maryland State Cup - Champions 
  • 2010 PDA Showcase, ECNL Challenge A Flight - Semi-Finalists
  • 2010 Region 1 Premier League U17 Playoffs - Finalists 
  • 2010 Region 1 Premier League, U17 South Division - Champions
  • 2010 Jefferson Cup Showcase, Champions Flight - Champions
  • 2010 Las Vegas College Showcase, Encore Flight - Semi-Finalists
  • 2009 Disney Soccer Showcase, ECNL, Bracket F - Winners
  • 2009 CASL College Showcase, Elite Predator Flight - Champions 
  • 2009 Bethesda Thanksgiving Tournament - Champions
  • 2009 Discovery Cup - Champions
  • 2009 San Diego Surf Cup - Quarter Finalists
  • 2009 Turks & Caicos International Football Association (TCIFA) Womens Football Festival - Champions
  • 2009 PDA College Showcase, Red A/B Bracket - Champions
  • 2009 Region 1 Premier League Playoffs - Finalists
  • 2009 Region 1 Premier League, U16 South Division - Champions 
  • 2009 Jefferson Cup - Semi-Finalists
  • 2009 Las Vegas College Showcase - Semi-Finalists
  • 2008 CASL Showcase - Finalists
  • 2008 WAGS Tournament, U16 Showcase - Division Winners
  • 2008 PDA Showcase - Champions
  • 2008 Maryland State Cup - Finalists
  • 2007 Discovery Cup - Champions
  • 2007 Columbia Memorial Day Tournament - Champions
  • 2007 Bethesda Thanksgiving Tournament - Finalists
  • 2006 Bethesda Thanksgiving Tournament -  Semi-Finalists

Tuesday, August 18
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New Players Join the Dragons 

The Dragons recently added three new players to the roster.  Beginning the fall 2009 season with the team are Colleen Dinn, Jessie Krasko and Alexis Prada. The team extends a warm welcome to our new players and their families!

Dragons Region 1 League Finalists
2009 Region 1 Finalists
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Dragons Win 2009 Region 1 Premier League U16 South Division, Come-Away Finalists in Region 1 League Play-Offs 

May 9-10, 2009 (Kirkwood, DE) --- The Bethesda Dragons went 6-1-0 to win the 2009 Region 1 Premier League U16 South Division.  The team advanced to the Region 1 Premier League Play-offs where they squared-off against the FC Stars of MA United. The teams played a hard-fought game that remained scoreless at the end of regular time and went into two, 15-minute overtime (OT) periods. At the end of OT, the match remained scoreless, culminating in penalty kicks. Ultimately, the Dragons prevailed to clinch the win and the berth to the finals round.

The Dragons returned the next day to play the Spirit United Gaels in the championship game. The Spirit scored early in the first half and then again mid-way through the second half. The Dragons dug deep and found the net late in the second half. Still down, but not out, the Dragons kept working and pulled out a second goal with one minute to spare. For the second day in a row, the Dragons went into OT. Both teams fought hard to score, but the Spirit found the net first. The Dragons continued to fight for a goal, but in the end, fell to the Spirit, 2-3. 

The Dragons had a great run in Region 1 League competition this season. Thank you to our competitors and officials! 

Thursday, December 18
Finalists, 2008 CASL Showcase
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The Bethesda Dragons came away from the 2008 CASL Showcase as finalists in the 12-team, Elite Copa U16 flight during the weekend of December 5 - 6, 2008.  The Dragons won three consectutive games, but fell to the Ponte Vedra Storm, 2-3 in the finals match.

In all, about 76, U16 girls teams competed in this premier elite tournament.

Tuesday, February 10
Dragons Welcome New Player
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The Dragon's players, coaches and parents extend a warm welcome to new team member, Peyton Johnson and her parents Pam and Steve. We are glad to have you on the team!



Tuesday, May 27
Dragons, 2008 PDA Showcase Tournament Champions

Congratulations Dragons!  The Dragons were among 34 other top-ranked U15 teams from around the country selected to compete in the 2008 PDA Showcase Tournament. The Dragons competed in the top, "Red" flight playing games at Rutgers University and Soccer Centers in Somerset, NJ during Memorial Day weekend.


Bethesda Dragons Welcome Dave Nolan as Head Coach

April 28, 2006 - The Bethesda Dragons welcome Dave Nolan as head coach and director of soccer for the Dragons. Dave comes with a tradition of excellence and achievement and the team is looking forward to an exciting future. 

Background Information

Dave Nolan begins his second year as head coach with the Hoyas, but was the assistant for Georgetown for five years prior. In his first season the Hoyas had a best ever regular season BIG EAST finish by ending the season in fifth place. While an assistant, Nolan coordinated recruiting, developed goalkeepers, and worked closely with Coach Drake in all aspects of preparing the team. He brings a wide range of coaching experience to the Hilltop, having played and coached at various national and international levels.
Nolan came to GU in 1999 after spending the 1998 season on the Seton Hall women's soccer staff, serving as the goalkeeper coach. In addition, he was the Director of Coaching at the Emerald Soccer School in South Orange, N.J. Nolan spent the summer of 1999 as the assistant coach of the W-League Central Jersey Splash. Prior to Seton Hall, he was an assistant coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University during the 1997 fall season.

Before moving into the college ranks, he was hired in January 1997 as a director of the prestigious Soccer Plus Goalkeeping Academy, run by former US National Women's Team coach and current commissioner of the WUSA, Tony DiCicco, a position Nolan still holds. In addition to coaching at Georgetown, Nolan has helped to develop players for the U-16, U-17, U-19, and U-21 U.S. National teams. He is the coach for the DC U-17 team, Super Y, where he helped lead them to a national championship appearance in 2003.

Nolan is also the coach of the U-18 Bethesda Excel, a club soccer team who has made an unprecedented three consecutive National Championship appearances resulting Bethesda Excel being the two-time national runners-up. Bethesda Excel was the Region 1 Champions in 2003, 2004, and 2005. Additionally, the team has always been ranked in the top two between 2003 and 2005.

A member of the National Team Pool in Ireland at the Youth Level, Nolan came to the United States and played soccer at Seton Hall. A four-year starter, he led the Pirates to four-consecutive NCAA Tournament berths and two BIG EAST Conference championships. Selected to the 1987 BIG EAST Conference Tournament Team, Nolan was named the BIG EAST Conference Student-Athlete of the Year in 1991. Nolan was a New Jersey State Under-23 team selection in 1992, and a New Jersey Senior Side representative from 1993-1997.

He received a bachelor's degree in Finance in 1991, and later earned a master's degree in Business Administration in 1993, also from Seton Hall. Nolan holds an advanced national license from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and a United States Soccer Federation "A" license. In addition, he works with the U-15 Regional staff. Nolan is a Maryland ODP coach, holding international credentials including an Irish FA Preliminary badge and a coaching diploma from the KNVB (Royal Dutch Soccer Association).

Interested in Becoming a Dragon?

The Bethesda Dragons are looking for dedicated premier level players to join the existing squad. The Dragons are coached by Dave Nolan, Head Woman's Soccer Coach at Georgetown University and coach of the Bethesda Excel. Dave brings a history of excellence to the Dragons with his success at the Local, Regional and National levels. Dave establishes an environment that stresses hard work, player development, enjoyment for the game, as well as team spirit and commitment.
The team is in search of committed players and families who are interested in having their daughter’s play and develop at the highest level. For additional information, please contact Dave Nolan via email at

Bethesda Dragons Spring 2007

Tuesday, May 29
2007 Columbia Memorial Day Tournament Champions!
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Tournament Champions!
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Columbia, Md. - The Dragons were up very early on Saturday morning to play their first game of the 2007 Columbia Invitational Memorial Day tournament. Their first opponent was the formidable LDC United team from Eastern Pennsylvania. Both teams played a physical game and fought hard. The first goal came during the first half when a corner kick from Kaitlin was headed in by Jacquie. The United answered back with a goal in the second half. The Dragons came back with another goal, this time from Alex to Kathryn. The final score was Dragons 2-1.

The Dragons returned in the afternoon to temperatures soaring around 90 degrees, this time to face the Rhode Island Rays Sting. The teams battled for a goal throughout the first half, with neither side able to punch the ball through the defensive lines. The Dragons came back in the second half and finally scored when Rachel drove the ball high into the right corner of the goal from well outside the box.  A second goal was scored when Jen carried the ball up the side and sent a line drive across the front of the goal where Kaitlin slammed it into the net. The Dragons won the game with a final score of 2-0 and advanced to the semi-finals.

On Sunday, the Dragons slept later, returning to Columbia for an early afternoon game against the Loudoun Explosion from Virginia. The Dragons scored the first goal early in the game when Kathryn centered the ball in front of the goal. A scrum erupted and in the frenzy, Cami found the ball and knocked it in for the goal. The next goal came when Jacquie took a direct kick that was headed in by Alex. In the second half the Dragons scored again when a ball, sent from Elle to Kathryn, ricocheted off the left post and was kicked in by Alex.  The last goal came from Shay to Alex for the hat trick. Marlee's gravity defying saves in the goal and the strong defensive line kept the Explosion from scoring. The final score was 4-0, Dragons.

No sleeping in for the Dragons on Monday when they returned to play in the finals against the very talented Baltimore Soccer Club Bays.  The Dragons were fired up, scoring within the first minute. The team pressed forward resulting in a shot that was headed away and caught by Cami on the rebound and knocked into the net.  The team held on to their lead, returning in the second half to score two more goals.  Both goals were scored by Katie who hooked a beautiful ball into the upper corner of the goal and then headed in a corner kick from Shay. The final score was Dragons, 3-0.


Friday, October 10
Bethesda Dragons: 2007 Discovery Cup Champions!
Dragons 2007 Discovery Cup Champions
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After winning five straight games on some of the nicest fields in the country, the Bethesda Dragons captured the U15 championship in the Inaugural Discovery Cup Premier Tournament held near the nation’s Capital in Germantown, Maryland. On the first day of competition, the Dragons faced the SUSC AC Perugia Grifos and HSA Force. Day two brought the White Plains Elite ’93 and FC Frederick in the semi-finals game.  The finals were played early on Columbus Day against the formidable, Vincent Blizzards. 

Over the course of the holiday weekend, the Dragons’ offense played outstanding soccer, with long periods of ball possession that resulted in their scoring 18 total goals.  Likewise, the team’s strong defense had a lot to be proud of after successfully preventing its opponents from placing even a single ball inside the Dragons’ net.  The coaches and players extend their sincere ‘thanks’ to their opponents for their impressive sportsmanship and competiton and to the tournament officials for a great weekend of soccer.

Tuesday, January 8
Dragons Earn Bid to Compete in Region I Premier League
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For the second consecutive year, the Bethesda Dragons will compete in the prestigious Region I Premier League. Play is set to begin March 1, 2008 and continue through Mother's Day weekend.

U15 Girls

Teams Listed in Green Earned an Automatic Bid to the Premier League

North South
 FC Stars of Mass Rovers [Massachusetts]  Montclair United [New Jersey]
 FC Stars of Mass United [Massachusetts]  Beadling Blaze [PA West]
 FC Sting Killer Bees [Eastern NY]  Spirit United Gaels [Eastern Penn]
 Scorpion United [Massachusetts]  BC United Fusion [New York West]
 CFC United [Connecticut]  LDC United [Eastern Penn]
 Bayport Power [Eastern NY]  WCUSC Predators [Eastern Penn]
 STA Crush [New Jersey]  Bethesda Dragons [Maryland]
 East Meadow United [Eastern NY]  PDA Tsunami [New Jersey]


Tuesday, January 29
Dragons Head to Jefferson Cup in March
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The Bethesda Dragons will kick-off the spring season at the 2008 Jefferson Cup Tournament.

The Dragons will travel to Richmond, Virginia the weekend of March 29-30, 2008 to compete in the Championship flight with other top teams from around the region and beyond.  This acclaimed tournament hosted by Richmond Strikers Soccer Club is consistantly ranked in the top five for girls youth soccer tournaments in the United States.

  • Schedules available, click here.

Jefferson Cup 2008, Girls U15 Championship Flight

Group A   Group B  
  BRYC AZUL 92/93 (Virginia)
SPIRIT UNITED SUSC GAELS 92 (Pennsylvania East)

Friday, September 12
Look for the Dragons in the 2008 WAGS Tournament

Come see the Dragons play in the highly competitive, top-ranked WAGS Tournament! The Dragons are among 40 teams from around the country competing in the U16 Showcase.

For a full list of accepted teams, click here.


Wednesday, November 5
Dragons Prepare for Bethesda Thanksgiving Tournament

The Bethesda Dragons always look forward to the great competition at the Bethesda Thanksgiving Tournament. This year marks the 25th anniversary of this highly ranked tournament. The girl's weekend kicks-off on November 15, 2008.

 To view the Dragon's tournament schedule click here.

Monday, July 28
Dragons Welcome Three New Players
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The Dragons' players, coaches, and parents extend a warm welcome to our new families and players  --- Katy Colas, Jessica Haley, and Hannah Meyer. We're glad to have you as part of the team and look forward to the many practices and games ahead!