The team was the successor to the Rochester Rhinos Women , which was affiliated with the USL First Division team Rochester Rhinos for three years from 2006 through 2008. The original team was founded (as the Ravens) in 1996, and was owned by Jill McCabe, until it was sold to the former Rochester Rhinos ownership of Frank DuRoss, Steve Donner, Chris Economides, Peter Bourne, and Chris Wilmot in late 2005. In 2008, the Rhinos' new owner, Rob Clark, sold the women's USL W-League soccer franchise. The new team was announced on May 1, 2009 by the new owner Doug Miller, former star Rochester Rhinos player. On January 28, 2013 Doug Miller announced that the Ravens will cease operations, stating that with the Western New York Flash once again playing in the top tier of women's soccer there is not a need for a second women's team in a lower league in Rochester.