Doug Miller: “Our youth program has gotten stronger and stronger.” (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Rochester Lancers aren’t going away.

The Lancers’ men’s and women’s outdoor teams might be absorbed by the Flower City Union after their respective seasons end this weekend, but the name will live on.

The Rochester Lancers Academy will continue the tradition of the soccer team. The Academy has several divisions/age groups, ranging from Future Stars, Lancer Club, Lancer Premier to Lancers Academy.

“Our youth program has gotten stronger and stronger,” said Lancers head coach Doug Miller, the academy owner and director of player development. “We’ve got 24 teams. There’s going to be other opportunities.”

Miller noted that the Academy’s 2002 boys team competed in the U.S. Youth Soccer Eastern Championships two weeks ago. That team has shown great promise.

“They actually beat the men’s team in a friendly that we played against them,” he said. “Those guys will go off to college and come back and play and compete in another different league. It continues on.”

Lady Lancers head coach Marc Dall is the Lancers Academy director of soccer.

Flower City will begin play in the National Independent Soccer Association next spring.

In their United Women’s Soccer finale, the Lady Lancers face FC Buffalo at Robert Rich Stadium in Buffalo, N.Y. on Saturday at 4 p.m.

The Lancers play at FC Buffalo for a National Premier Soccer League encounter at All High Stadium in Buffalo, N.Y. on Saturday at 7 p.m. They visit Founders Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. to face the Pittsburgh Hotspurs on Sunday at 5 p.m.

For more information about the Lancers Academy, visit www.RLancersAcademy.com or call 585 353-5300.