Inferno History

Lancaster Inferno Women's Soccer Team History

In late 2015, Lancaster Inferno became a founding member of United Women’s Soccer (UWS), a national pro-am league which formed after the W-League folded in November. Divided into an eastern & western conference, the UWS is made up of former W-League and WPSL teams. The Inferno is one of the few former WPSL – elite teams to join the eastern conference of the UWS. Founded in 2008 and based in eastern Pennsylvania, the Lancaster Inferno made the WPSL East Conference Semifinals in 2008 and the East Final the following year. In 2010, Lancaster was eliminated in the Second Round of the East Playoffs and also qualified for the playoffs in 2013. The Inferno were invited to be part of the East Coast’s Power 5 conference in 2015. Notable alumni include Tesa McKibben and Teresa Rynier, who have both played professionally overseas while Rynier was selected by the Philadelphia Independence in the 2011 Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) Draft. (Click here to read more about the UWS League.)

“The goal is to establish a high caliber, self-sustaining women’s soccer team in the Lancaster area by partnering with local businesses, soccer clubs, and soccer supporters,” said Inferno Team President Francisco Cleaves. “We seek to provide high caliber local talent the opportunity to participate in a highly competitive league during the summer. We believe that the UWS format supports our goal.”