Lancaster Inferno FC

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Lancaster Inferno Football Club
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Full nameLancaster Inferno
Nickname(s)Inferno
Founded2008
StadiumLancaster Catholic High School
Head CoachHonduras Francisco Cleaves
LeagueUnited Women's Soccer
WebsiteClub website

Lancaster Inferno FC is a top level amateur women's soccer team based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Founded in 2008, the team plays in United Women's Soccer (UWS), a national pro-am league at the second tier of the American Soccer Pyramid.

Timeline[edit]

  • 2008: PA Classics starts Lancaster Inferno, a women's team playing in the WPSL (Women's Premier Soccer League),[1] along with a men's team playing in the National Premier Soccer League, also called the Lancaster Inferno.[2] The women are coached by Doug Harris.[3] The home field is Hempfield High School's athletic stadium in Landisville.[3]
  • 2009: The men's team folds, but the women continue to compete.[4]
  • 2011: Inferno is no longer under the PA Classics umbrella, and plays under the sponsorship of the Penn Legacy Soccer Club. The team's name is changed to "Penn Legacy Inferno".[5]
  • 2013: Inferno becomes independent, no longer associated with PA Classics or Penn Legacy. The team's name reverts to its former name, "Lancaster Inferno".
  • 2014: Lancaster Inferno is sold to Francisco Cleaves, who also begins operations as Head Coach.
  • 2015: Inferno changes its home field to Millersville University's Pucillo Field in the Lancaster suburb of Millersville.
  • 2016: Lancaster Inferno leaves WPSL and joins United Women's Soccer (UWS).[6]
  • 2018: The team enters an agreement with Rush Soccer, to be recognized as the club's top level women's team.[7] The team's name was changed to Inferno Rush, branding under the Rush Soccer brand, along with the USL's Penn FC. The Inferno became both the UWS East Conference Regular Season Champions, as well as beating the Connecticut Fusion to become the East Conference Playoff Champions.[8] The Inferno went to the UWS National Championship held in Grand Rapids, Michigan and defeated Grand Rapids FC in the semi-final match.[9] In the final match, Inferno faced the Houston Aces and lost 1-0 in extra time.[9][10]
  • 2019: The agreement with Rush Soccer was terminated and the team reverted to its former name, "Lancaster Inferno".

Players[edit]

2019 roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Sydney Bruckner
2 United States MF Kendra Jones
3 United States DF Kara Keim
4 United States MF Megan Carroll
5 United States MF Tesa McKibben
7 United States DF Haley Peachey
8 United States FW Brianna Kropinack
9 United States MF Kay Liebl
10 United States MF Ryelle Shuey
11 United States DF Marissa DiGenova
12 United States FW Alexis Rostucher
14 United States DF Sam Lofton
No. Position Player
15 United States MF Maura Holst
16 United States FW Haley Crawford
17 United States MF Kara Weller
18 United States GK Kelly O'Brien
19 United States DF Sonia Rada
21 United States FW Maddie Carper
22 United States MF Kendal Ream
23 United States MF Abby Erlemeier
24 United States DF Ashley Chilcoat
25 United States MF Teresa Rook (Rynier)
29 United States DF Adalee Broadbent

2019 Inferno Reserves[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
United States FW Emily Bidelspach
United States MF Allie Camp
6 United States DF Emily Clapper
27 United States GK Erin Davidson
13 United States FW Jaela House
7 United States MF Emma Hudson
No. Position Player
United States MF Traci Mohl
20 United States MF Kylah Morales
United States MF Tatum Omlor
26 United States MF Annie Slovak
United States MF Jessica Weinholdt
United States FW Annabelle Wunderlich

Notable former and present players[edit]

  • United States Kelly O'Brien: Lancaster Inferno (2017–2019) Diósgyőri VTK of the Hungarian Női Nemzeti Bajnokság
  • United StatesColombia Sonia Rada: Lancaster Inferno(2019), EN Thoi Lakatamia (Cyprus) 2018-2019, FF Lugano 1976 Lugano, Switzerland (2017-2018),
  • United States Emily Armstrong: Sundsvalls DFF (Sundsvalls damfotbollsförening), Sweden (present); IBV, in league Úrvalsdeild Kvenna, Iceland (2018); Medkila IL, Norway (2017); Lancaster Inferno (2016)
  • United States Sydney Blomquist: Lancaster Inferno (2014 & 2016), Västerås BK30 (2016), Åland United (2017), Sporting CP (2019-present)
  • United States Emily Dolan: Real Betis Balompié (Liga Iberdrola), Spain (2018–present); KKPK Medyk Konin (Champions League & Ekstraliga), Poland (2017–2018); USD San Zaccaria/Ravenna Woman (Serie A), Italy (2016–2017); Lancaster Inferno (2016)[11]
  • United States Jade Flory: Lancaster Inferno (2013–2014), Prottur Reykjavik otherwise known as Throttur FC (Icelandic Women’s Premier Division) / Ravasens IK Karlskoga (Sweden)
  • United States Tesa McKibben: Lancaster Inferno (2012–2014, 2017–present[12]); Germany's FC Saarbrücken (2014–2016); Germany's ETSV Wurzburg (2014)
  • United States Teresa Rynier: Lancaster Inferno (2007–2010, 2016, 2018–present); Ottawa Fury (2011 & 2014); FH Hafnafjördur, Iceland (2013); Kvarnsvedens IK, Sweden (2012)
  • United States Kendra Jones: Lancaster Inferno (2010–2012, 2018–present[13]); Women's National Premier Leagues's FC Bulleen Lions & Bayside United FC in Melbourne Australia (2016–2017); Czech Republic's Zeny 1 Liga team AC Sparta Praha (2015); Victorian Premier League of Australia: Heidelberg United (2013–2014)
  • Costa RicaCarol Sánchez: Independiente Santa Fe (Colombia) & the Costa Rica women's national football team Lancaster Inferno (2016)

Team standings and statistics[edit]

Year Division League GP W L T GF GA GD Pts Reg. Season Playoffs Championship
2019 2 UWS 10 7 4 0 15 14 1 21 3rd of 8 East Conference Champions National Semi-Finalist
2018 2 UWS 10 7 3 0 22 10 12 21 East Conference Champions East Conference Champions National Runners-up
2017 2 UWS 10 4 6 0 18 23 –5 12 6th of 8, East Conference Did Not Qualify Did Not Qualify
2016 2 UWS 10 4 5 1 16 15 1 13 4th of 6, East Conference Did Not Qualify Did Not Qualify
2015 3 WPSL 8 1 6 1 12 23 –11 4 5th of 5, Power 5 Did Not Qualify Did Not Qualify
2014 3 WPSL 8 6 1 1 20 8 12 0 Provisional Season Provisional Season Provisional Season
2013 3 WPSL 11 6 2 3 41 13 28 21 2nd of 6, Northeast Atlantic - South 1st Round, Conference Playoffs Did Not Qualify
2012 3 WPSL 10 5 4 1 17 13 4 16 3rd of 5, Northeast Atlantic - South Did Not Qualify Did Not Qualify
2011 3 WPSL 10 3 4 3 12 9 3 12 7th of 9, East Mid-Atlantic Did Not Qualify Did Not Qualify
2010 3 WPSL 10 6 1 3 20 8 12 21 1st of 5, East Mid-Atlantic 2nd Round, Regional Playoffs Did Not Qualify
2009 3 WPSL 10 7 1 2 23 9 14 23 3rd of 14, East Conference Finals Did Not Qualify
2008 3 WPSL 14 8 2 2 25 9 16 26 2nd of 7, East Mid-Atlantic Conference Semi Finals Did Not Qualify

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Honduras Francisco Cleaves, Head Coach (2014–present)
  • United States Stephanie Cleaves, Associate Head Coach (2017–present)
  • United States Jamie Kuntz, Goalkeeper Coach (2019–present)
  • United States Chris Weibel, Strength & Conditioning Coach (2014–present)

Home stadiums[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Caldwell, Greg (June 11, 2008). "Inferno gives local elite women a place to play soccer". Lancaster Online. LNP Media Group. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  2. ^ Caldwell, Greg (June 8, 2008). "Inferno men play to tie; women test bench in exhibition". Lancaster Online. LNP Media Group. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Caldwell, Greg (May 13, 2012). "Inferno raises sights for 2012". Lancaster Online. LNP Media Group. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  4. ^ Caldwell, Greg (June 17, 2009). "Inferno heats up circuit in second season". Lancster Online. LNP Media Group. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  5. ^ Caldwell, Greg (June 27, 2011). "Women's soccer: Inferno intends to finish strong". Lancaster Online. LNP Media Group. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  6. ^ Kassouf, Jeff (December 24, 2015). "United Women's Soccer (UWS) to begin play in 2016". The Equalizer. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  7. ^ Aniwyo, Dike (May 10, 2018). "Lancaster Inferno Joins The RUSH Soccer Family". Soccernation.com. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  8. ^ Navaroli, Steve (July 17, 2018). "Lancaster Inferno Rush win East Conference, earn trip to Michigan". Lancaster Online. LNP Media Group. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Navaroli, Steve (July 24, 2018). "Second-place finish at nationals thrilling for Lancaster Inferno Rush". Lancaster Online. LNP Media Group. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  10. ^ "Aces top Inferno Rush, 1-0 in extra time, for UWS title". Lancaster Online. LNP Media Group. July 22, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  11. ^ Greene, Sean (June 27, 2019). "Ex-Wilmington Charter keeper living her soccer dream in Spain". WDEL (AM). Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  12. ^ Rael, Chris (April 19, 2019). "Ready To Kick Off – UWS Teams Sign College Standouts". SoccerToday. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  13. ^ Huggins, Pat (July 20, 2018). "Elco's Ryelle Shuey having soccer summer to remember with Inferno Rush". Lebanon Daily News. Retrieved July 2, 2019.

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