FREESTATE DRAGONS: Welcome

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Welcome to the Freestate Dragons Website!

The Freestate Dragons are a U19 (born after July 31, 1991) boys travel team that draws talented players from Prince Georges, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Howard, Montgomery, and Saint Mary's Counties in Maryland and from Washington, D.C. The team played competitive soccer in Division 1 of the National Capital Soccer League (NCSL) and are the 2010 Maryland State Cup Champions.  Most of the Dragons players are currently playing in college, but have returned for a run at defending their State Cup title and to play tournaments and train together for the Summer.



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2010 Maryland State Cup Champions

Upcoming Dragons Schedule

  • Practices on Mondays/Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Glen Allen, throughout the summer. 

Dragons rankings, May 2011:   # 1 in Maryland, # 9 in Region I, and # 41 National



2011-12 College Soccer News

-- Congratulations to Joey Gorirossi on winning the "Teammate Award" for the Fall 2011 season at Seton Hill University.

-- Congratulations to Dragons defender Mike Kane for earning player of the week honors for York College!

http://www.ycpspartans.com/sports/msoc/2011-12/releases/20110912aam6st



Saturday, August 25
Dragons Currently Playing Soccer in College

  • Max Allegro -- Kings College (PA) 
  • Jason Carcamo -- College of Southern Maryland (MD)
  • Perry Clark -- LeMoyne College (NY)
  • William Fisher -- Case Western Reserve University (OH)
  • Jared Fohs -- Frostburg State University (MD)
  • Daniel Gaj -- Dickinson College (PA)
  • Joey Gorirossi -- Seton Hill University (PA)
  • Michael Kane -- York College of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Sean Killion -- Christopher Newport University (VA) 
  • Ryan Leslie -- Virginia Wesleyan College (VA)
  • Nick Mattox -- Lesley University (MA)
  • Matthew Michael -- Kings College (PA)
  • Nicholas Staufenberger -- Roanoke College (VA)
  • Joseph Tchimou -- Seton Hill University (PA)
  • Patrick Thornton -- Bridgewater College (VA)
  • Logan Webster -- Goucher College (MD)


Friday, May 27
U19 Maryland State Cup Quarterfinals -- Dragons defeat Nike Rush Tiempo

The U19 Freestate Dragons began its quest to defend their State Cup title on Thursday evening, defeating Nike Rush Tiempo 5-0 in the quarterfinals.  Mike Kane opened the scoring for the Dragons in about the 8th minute, netting a header off of a finely placed free kick from Jason Carcamo.  Joe Tchimou and Nick Staufenberger each tallied goals with assists credited to Daniel Gaj and Max Allegro to put the Dragons up 3-0 at the half.

In 2nd half action, a nice passing combination from Joey Gorirossi to Gaj to Patrick Thornton resulted in Thornton netting the Dragons 4th goal.  Allegro stole the ball from a Rush defender and slotted it passed the keeper for the Dragons final goal of the night.

Jared Fohs, Ryan Leslie, Kevin Fitch, and Nick Mattox played strong in the midfield throughout the match, while Matt Michael, William Fisher, Perry Clark, Kane, and Keeper Sean Killion played solid defense to contribute to the victory.

Next in Maryland State Cup play, the Dragons will face SAC United Premier in the semi-finals.



Wednesday, October 6
College News -- Fall 2010

--  Jason Carcamo tallied a goal and an assist in his first college game for College of Southern Maryland in a 3-1 victory over Delaware Tech.  For complete article go to:  http://www.csmd.edu/athletics/m_soccer/News/2010_News/DT.htmlJason currently has 4 goals and 5 assists in MDJUCO action to help the College of Southern Maryland to a 6-4-0 (3-2-0 in conference) record.

--  King's College won their home opener 4-0.  Max Allegro netted his first college goal, while Matt Michael contributed significant minutes in the win: www.kingscollegeathletics.com/news/2010/9/4/MSOC_09_04_10_psu_hazleton.aspxMax has since tallied 2 more goals, while Matt continues to contribute strong defensive play, as King's College has extended it's record to 6-4-0 (0-0-0 in conference).

--  Jared Fohs scored 2 goals and had an assist in an 8-0 victory for Methodist Universitywww.mumonarchs.com/news/2010/9/3/MSOC_0903100951.aspx?path=msocMethodist is currently 5-5-0 (0-0-0 in conference) for the season.

--  Joey Gorirossi netted a goal for Seton Hill University in their 7-0 win over Salem International University: http://setonhill.edu/athletics/soccer_m/story.cfm?ID=2400.  After upsetting West Virginia Wesleyan (1st place in the WVIAC) 1-0 in yesterday's action, Seton Hill is currently 2-3-2 (1-1-2 in conference) for the season.

-- Patrick Thornton scored his first collegiate goal for Bridgewater College in a hard fought 3-1 loss to Randolph-Macon: http://www.bridgewatereagles.com/sports/msoc/2010-11/releases/201009282g1wfc.  Bridgewater sits at 2-6-1 (1-1-1 in conference) on the season.

-- Nick Mattox has tallied two goals and an assist this season for Lesley University, currently in first place in the NECC with a 9-1-0 (1-0-0 in conference) record.

-- Dragons Sean Killion (Christopher Newport University, 8-0-0) and Ryan Leslie (Virginia Wesleyan College, 4-3-2) were set to compete against each other last night, but the game was postponed due to rain.  Check back for an update on this friendly rivalry once the match has been rescheduled.

-- Logan Webster has earned starts in 10 of 11 matches for Goucher College (4-7-0).

-- Daniel Gaj scored his first collegiate goal for Dickinson College (7-3-2; 2-2-1 in conference) in a 5-0 win over Misercordia University:  www.dickinsonathletics.com/sports/msoc/2010-11/releases/20101006xe9590



Tuesday, July 13
2010 Team Accomplishments

  • Maryland State Cup Champions
  • Freestate Capitol Cup Champions
  • NCSL Division 1, Second Place (5-1-1 record)
  • 15 Dragons players to play NCAA college soccer in 2010-11
  • Gotsoccer Region 1 Ranking # 11 and National Ranking # 61 (as of July 2010)
  • Soccer in College Region 1 Ranking # 9 and National Ranking # 18 (as of July 2010)


Monday, June 7
U18 Freestate Dragons Capture Maryland State Cup Title

The Freestate Dragons defeated the defending champion Pachuca FC Internationals 1-0 to capture the Maryland State Cup championship!  The two teams battled to a scoreless tie in the first half, both teams with a couple of good scoring opportunities that were thwarted by tough defensive play.

About midway through the second half, Pachuca was awarded a penalty kick.  Keeper Sean Killion made a great save on the PK, swinging the momentum toward the Dragons for the rest of the match.

In approximately the 73 minute, Jason Carcamo sent a strong pass into the box, with both Nicholas Staufenberger and Joe Tchimou crashing the net.  Tchimou slid the ball past the Pachuca keeper for what proved to be the game winner.  Forwards Max Allegro and Patrick Thornton also played great up top and had some solid scoring chances.  Midfielders Jared Fohs, Daniel Gaj, Joey Gorirossi, Perry Clark, Ryan Leslie, Nick Mattox, and Logan Webster were outstanding, controlling the play in the midfield throughout the match.

But it was the Dragons defense of Mike Kane, Matt Michael, William Fisher, Kevin Fitch, Daniel Artin, and Killion who came up with big plays when it counted in the back field, holding the fast and skilled Pachuca team scoreless for the full 90-minute match.

The Dragons will travel to Barboursville, West Virginia, to represent the State of Maryland in the U.S. Youth Soccer Regional competition from July 1-6.



Sunday, May 9
Dragons Advance to Maryland State Cup Finals!

The Freestate Dragons defeated the Westminster Black Wolves 5-0 in the semi-finals of Maryland State Cup.  The Dragons opened the scoring midway through the first half when Joey Gorirossi beat his mark and fired a strong cross into the box, which Max Allegro headed in to give the Dragons a 1-0 lead.  Minutes later Jared Fohs slotted an excellent pass to Jason Carcamo, who drilled a hard shot past the keeper to double the Dragons lead.  Matt Michael and Perry Clark worked the ball up the left sideline and fed the ball to Patrick Thornton, who netted a great shot to put the Dragons up 3-0 at halftime.

The Dragons added two more goals in the second half.  Clark tallied a goal off of a nice pass from Thornton, while a long throw-in from Nicholas Staufenberger found Allegro in the box, who scored his second goal of the match.  Forward Joe Tchimou put constant pressure on the Westminster defense on the attack while Kevin Fitch, Daniel Gaj, and Ryan Leslie contributed outstanding midfield play.

Keeper Sean Killion was superb in goal and earned the shut out with several tough saves.  Mike Kane, William Fisher, Daniel Artin, and Michael lent fantastic defensive play to secure the shut out and the victory.  The Dragons now advance to the Maryland State Cup finals vs Pachuca Internationals on June 5.



Monday, May 24
Dragons Finish in 2nd Place in NCSL Division 1

The Freestate Dragons defeated the MCLN MPS Thunder 5-1 to finish the NCSL season with a 5-1-1 record and earned 2nd place in Division 1. MCLN jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the match, but Max Allegro answered right back, knotting the score at 1-1, off of a well-timed pass from Ryan Leslie.

The Dragons dominated the second half, scoring four unanswered goals.  Kevin Fitch scored the go-ahead goal, slamming in the rebound off of another Dragons shot.  Then Joe Tchimou dribbled by a defender and slotted a pass to Nicholas Staufenberger, who put a perfectly placed shot by the MCLN keeper.  Fitch tallied his second goal of the match off of a nice pass from Allegro to put the Dragons up 4-1.  In the final minute of the match, Tchimou netted a solid shot to extend the lead to 5-1.  Also playing strong on the attack and in the midfield were Jason Carcamo, Daniel Gaj, Joey Gorirossi, Nick Mattox, and Patrick Thornton.

Excellent defensive play from Keeper Sean Killion and defenders William Fisher, Mike Kane, and Matt Michael ensured the victory.



Tuesday, May 18
Dragons Defeat DCST Blue Thunder

The Freestate Dragons defeated the DCST Blue Thunder 5-1 to extend their NCSL Division 1 record to 4-1-1 and put them into a tie for 1st place with the Calverton Spartans.  In the opening minutes of the match, Jason Carcamo netted a penalty kick to put the Dragons up 1-0.  DCST fought back with several strong attacks that were thwarted by exceptional play from Keeper Sean Killion and defenders Mike Kane, Matt Michael, William Fisher, and Daniel Artin.

The Dragons offense came out fired up in the second half and tallied two quick goals.  Joe Tchimou scored the first goal off a great pass from Max Allegro.  Minutes later Tchimou tallied his second goal after receiving a nice pass from Carcamo and beating the defender to put the shot on goal.  Perry Clark extended the Dragons lead to 4-0, netting a shot from just inside the box off of a fine pass from Joey Gorirossi.  DCST answered late in the game with a goal to narrow the Dragons lead, but Daniel Gaj's well-timed pass found Patrick Thornton, who slammed in a solid shot to make the final score 5-1.  Nick Staufenberger, Ryan Leslie, and Jared Fohs also played strong for the Dragons in the midfield to contribute to the win.



Sunday, May 9
Dragons Move into 1st Place in NCSL Division 1

The Dragons defeated the OLNY Alliance 1-0 to move into 1st place in NCSL Division 1.  Max Allegro tallied the Dragons winning goal midway through the first half, off of Patrick Thornton's free kick.  Outstanding defensive efforts from Keeper Sean Killion and defenders Matt Michael, William Fisher, Michael Kane, and Daniel Artin allowed the Dragons to hold onto the lead and earn the victory.  Jason Carcamo, Ryan Leslie, Nicholas Staufenberger, Joey Gorirossi, Kevin Fitch, Daniel Gaj, and Perry Clark contributed excellent play in the midfield and on the attack.



Monday, April 19
Dragons Remain Undefeated After Week # 2 of U18 NCSL Division I Play

The Dragons opened the NCSL season with a 1-0 victory in a closely contested match against the ABGC Red Devils.  Jason Carcamo tallied the lone goal of the match, firing a blistering shot from about the 35 yard line that sailed past the keeper.

Next the Dragons faced the Potomac Cougars and jumped out to an early 3-0 lead.  Max Allegro netted the first two goals for the Dragons and Joe Tchimou scored the third goal while Carcamo earned an assist.  The Cougars fought back, scoring two goals, but the Dragons held on to win the match 3-2.

In the third match of the NCSL season, the Dragons tied the Arlington Fusion 2-2 in an exciting match-up.  The Fusion went up 1-0 in the first half.  The Dragons answered back in the second half when a fine cross from Ryan Leslie found Nick Staufenberger in the box, whose strong shot knotted the game at 1-1.  Then Allegro put the Dragons ahead 2-1, scoring off a long throw-in from Jared Fohs.  But the Fusion answered back, tying the game at 2-2 with under two minutes left to play.

Daniel Gaj, Kevin Fitch, and Matt Michael have turned in excellent play between the pipes, making several key saves.  Excellent defensive efforts from Mike Kane, William Fisher, Michael, and Fitch have also contributed to the strong start for the Dragons.  Perry Clark, Patrick Thornton, Logan Webster, Sean Killion, Gaj, and Fitch have also lent tough play in the midfield and on the attack.



Sunday, March 21
Dragons Repeat as Freestate Capitol Cup Champions!

The Freestate Dragons played to a 3-0-1 record to win the Premier Division of the Freestate Capitol Cup.  The Dragons opened the tournament against the Toms River Wizards from NJ.  Trailing 1-0 late in the game, Matt Michael's well placed free kick found Mike Kane in the box, who headed in the tying goal.

In the second game vs the Eastern FC Generals of NY, the Dragons scored two quick goals in the first 8 minutes of the match to jump to an early lead.  Joe Tchimou tallied the first goal off a nice through ball from Patrick Thornton.  Minutes later Jason Carcamo fired off a hard shot that hit the cross bar.  Ryan Leslie slammed in the rebound to put the Dragons up 2-0.  The Generals answered back to cut the Dragons lead in 1/2, but the Dragons responded with two more goals from Daniel Gaj and Tchimou, and Keeper Sean Killion made a great save on a PK to send the Dragons to halftime with a 4-1 lead.  The Generals tallied one more in the second half, but the Dragons defense proved too tough for the Generals to mount a comeback.

Game three found the Dragons in a "must-win" situation vs the Syracuse Blitz Arsenal to advance to the finals.  Jared Fohs put the Dragons on the board with a hard hit shot off a corner kick from Leslie.   Fohs later slotted an excellent pass to Tchimou, who beat the defender and netted a perfectly placed shot to give the Dragons a 2-0 lead.  Syracuse answered back with a late game goal, but the Dragons held on to win 2-1 to advance to the finals.

In the championship match vs the Eastfield United Arsenal, the Arsenal scored first.  But the Dragons answered back when Gaj sent a strong free kick into the back of the net.  Max Allegro, Nick Staufenberger, Logan Webster, and Perry Clark played tough on the attack in the finals and throughout the tournament, while William Fisher, Kevin Fitch, Kane, and Michael provided outstanding defense throughout the weekend.

With the game tied at 1-1 in regulation, the championship was decided by penalty kicks.  Killion was awesome between the pipes, coming up with three big saves, and Carcamo, Allegro, and Michael netted their PKs to give the Dragons the 3-2 edge in PKs and the tournament championship! 

 



Friday, November 27
Dragons Take 2nd Place in Patriot Division of Bethesda Thanksgiving Tournament

The Freestate Dragons earned 2nd place in the Patriot Division of the Bethesda Thanksgiving Tournament with a 2-1-0 record.  After losing a close match to SAC on Saturday, the Dragons rebounded to win two games on Sunday, defeating the Garden City Park Vipers (NY) 4-2 and Lehigh Valley 2-1.

In the early Sunday morning match vs the Vipers, Perry Clark and Kevin Fitch scored in the first half to send the game into halftime knotted at 2-2.  Second half goals from Ryan Leslie and Max Allegro gave the Dragons the 4-2 victory.  Nick Staufenberger, Patrick Thornton, Mike Kane, and Allegro were each credited with an assist. On Sunday afternoon, the Dragons defeated Lehigh Valley 2-1, with Jason Carcamo and Clark each tallying a goal and Allegro earning an assist.  Jared Fohs, Daniel Gaj, and Logan Webster also played strong in the midfield and on the attack throughout the tournament.

Keeper Luke Kell made tough saves in all 3 matches, supported by excellent defensive play from William Fisher, Matt Michael, and Kane.



Thursday, June 18
Congratulations to our 2009 High School Graduates!

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From left: Mark, Rafiq, Joey, Nick

Congratulations to our Dragons players who recently graduated from high school and good luck in college!

  • Mark Miller, Forward/Midfielder, has played for the Dragons for the past 8 years. He graduated from Arundel High School in June 2009. He will attend Anne Arundel Community College in the Fall and then plans to attend Salisbury University in Spring 2010.
  • Rafiq Gharbi, Midfielder, has played for the Dragons for the past year. He graduated from Parkside High School in May 2009. He will attend Salisbury University and plans to major in Political Science/Pre-Law.
  • Joey Gorirossi, Midfielder, has played for the Dragons for the past 9 years. He graduated from Bishop McNamara High School in May 2009.  He will attend Chowan University and plans to major in History (Pre-Law/Social Studies Education).
  • Nick Mattox, Midfielder/Defender, has played for the Dragons for the past two years. He graduated from Chesapeake High School in June 2009. He will attend Lesley University and plans to major in Business Management.


Thursday, July 2
Team Accomplishments for the 2008-09 Seasonal Year

  • Freestate Capitol Cup Champions
  • Columbia Invitational Finalists
  • Maryland State Cup Semi-Finalists
  • 3rd Place in NCSL Division 1 for Spring 2009
  • Finished with a 3-1-0 record in the Tampa Sun Bowl and undefeated at the Triangle Friendlies


Tuesday, October 7
Sponsors

The Freestate Dragons wish to thank the following sponsors for their generosity:

  • J.E. Rice Insurance, Inc.
  • Jim Buckley Offsetting and Services, Inc.
  • Ultra Recycling, Inc.