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Back Mountain Torrent promoted to top UWS division



Northeastern Pennsylvania club Back Mountain Torrent has been promoted to the United Women’s Soccer top division after winning the Mid-Atlantic Conference in UWS League 2 last summer, the league announced last week.

“We’re excited and honored to be promoted to UWS, it’s a testament to the great athletes, trainers, coaches, and clubs of our area” Torrent team admin Ryan Rowe said in a news release. “We always knew there is something special about women’s soccer in Northeast and Central Pennsylvania, we’re elated to see it on display on a national level.”

Since its establishment in 1978, Back Mountain Soccer Club has fielded recreational teams for young players starting at four years old, as well as highly competitive youth travel squads, showcasing some of Pennsylvania’s top high school players.

Under the leadership of Head Coach Tayler Jamison and Associate Head Coach Lilly Cross, Back Mountain Torrent achieved an undefeated season in League 2, securing the mid-Atlantic conference title and earning a well-deserved promotion to UWS. The team’s success was further highlighted by the outstanding performances of its players, with Brynn Hess named Defensive Player of the Year, Emma Sweitzer recognized as Offensive Player of the Year, and Tayler Jamison honored as Coach of the Year.

“We are thrilled to see Back Mountain Torrent’s promotion to UWS,” said League Commissioner Joe Ferrara in a news relese. “Their dedication to excellence and development of young talent is commendable, and we look forward to seeing them compete at the next level.”

Back Mountain’s entry into UWS makes them the lone team from Eastern Pennsylvania currently in the league.

Lancaster Inferno moved from UWS to USL W League and Keystone FC announced a move to the WPSL in December. There currently isn’t a listing of UWS League Two teams but Steel United PA, Lancaster Inferno II, Keystone FC II, Williamsport City Lions, Delaware Diamonds and West-Mont United all had teams in the second division league last summer. West-Mont United announced a move to the WPSL in December.

For more information about Back Mountain Soccer Club and its programs, visit

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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