Centre-Back Lisa Ryan started her football at Sunderland Regional Talent Centre where she had 8 successful years before moving into the reserve team, becoming the youngest member of the senior FA WSL squad. Lisa moved across the pond for her education and played for Franklin Pierce University for two years, starting 15 of 16 games at centre back in her sophomore year. Ryan then transferred to University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a NCAA division 1 team, where she played in 20 and started 17 in her senior year. The County Durham-local graduated with a 3.82 Magna Cum Laude in a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis in Graphic Design.
No stranger to elite football, Lisa was recruited to play WPSL football for FC Indiana who had won two national titles. She returned in 2017, with FC Indiana now playing in the UWS, narrowly losing to Grand Rapids who went on to win the national league. Ryan signed for the Blades from Little Rock Rangers, a WPSL club based in Arkansas.