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Amazing Trip to Italy: the BMHS Girls Soccer Team's Italian experience

BMHS Girls Soccer Team in Rome

The Bishop McNamara High School Girl’s Soccer team is back stateside after a fantastic trip to Italy filled with soccer, culture, history, food, and taking in the sights! 14 soccer players and 16 adults including their coach, Dave Mongey, and several BMHS Soccer parents, flew to Italy over Easter break to visit the sites, play soccer with some of the local girl's teams, and enjoy all that Italy has to offer. The nine-day trip was organized by a youth travel company with stops in Milan, Florence, and Rome, including a visit to the Vatican where they received a Papal Blessing. 

During the trip, the Lady Mustang Soccer team played a game against a local girl's soccer team in each of the three cities they visited. The girls came away with two wins and one loss, and a great experience all around.

While in Florence, they enjoyed learning about Italian history and culture, including a trip to see the famous statue of David in that city. The team visited the Il Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano, which is the primary training ground for all 19 Italian national calcio (football or soccer) teams from the U-15 age group and above (including women’s), as well as other Italian representative teams. It is also known as the Università del Calcio (University of Football) as it hosts high-level courses for coaches, sporting directors, and trainers. They were thrilled to be offered a tour led by the Italian National Team coach through the training facility including the Museo del Calcio, the sports museum dedicated to the history of the Italian national football team.

In Rome, they saw a professional soccer match (S. S. Lazio vs Torino FC) at the Stadio Olimpico, the largest sports facility in Rome.

On Easter Monday, members of the soccer team, coaches, and chaperones were visiting the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. While on tour, they happened to be visiting St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican when Pope Francis stepped up the window of his study to lead the congregation in the Regina Coeli prayer and to offer his blessing to the crowd. Mr. Bob Nolte, BMHS Business Manager and parent of player Emma Nolte, remarked about the experience, “It was amazing! We just happened to be there at the right time to hear the Pope and receive the Papal Blessing”.

Our Athletic Director, Mr. Marty Keithline, happily stated on their safe and sound return, “The girls were a credit to McNamara and their country. We could not have been prouder of them!”

To find out more about our Girl's Soccer program, contact our Athletic Director, Mr. Martin Keithline at or Coach Dave Mongey at

Enjoy a slideshow of images below from the Soccer team's trip to Italy. Click images to enlarge.

Pope Francis appears at the window of his study in the Vatican

Pope Francis appears at the window of his study in the Vatican

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