Leah Fortune—Soccer (2009-2010)
Leah Lynn Fortune only spent two seasons on the Texas Longhorn soccer team, but her story is amazing to follow.
Fortune was born in San Paulo, Brazil, but grew up in Wheaton, Illinois with her parents Hudson and Karen Fortune.
At Texas Fortune scored her first career goal against TCU on August 21, 2009. One week later she recorded her first career assist. However, Fortune injured her ankle and missed the rest of the 2009 season, but was granted a medical redshirt.
In her sophomore year in 2010, she scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over NC State, in the first game back from her ankle injury.
Fortune is also a star on the international level of soccer. In 2008, Fortune received 13 caps on the U-20 Brazilian National Team and helped the team win the U-20 CONMEBOL. She also competed in the U-20 World Cup in 2008 and 2010.
Fortune transferred from the University of Texas after her sophomore year to Lee University where she currently has played the last two seasons and is in her senior year trying to graduate with a degree in Communications.
In the summer she competes in the USL W-league with the Charlotte Lady Eagles.
Fortune is known not only for her goals and assist from the midfield, but for her unusual thrown in style. Fortune does a front flip with the ball to get a longer throw-in into the penalty box.
Here is a video of Fortune attempting that usual throw-in…