May Lien Le, a sophomore biology major at the University of Dallas, is a strong asset to the UD women’s soccer team.
Le attended St. John XXIII College Preparatory High School in Katy, and started playing soccer around the age of four. Her father, a former soccer player, first introduced her to the sport.
“My dad sometimes surprises me by coming to games, Le said, “it makes me really happy.”
During her high school career, Le played for both her high school soccer team and a club team. Ultimately, this helped prepare her for a busy and demanding schedule as a UD student-athlete. Despite the time commitment, Le said that the soccer season actually helps her manage the intensive UD curriculum.
“I actually have better grades during the soccer season,” said Le. When she is not in season, she feels like she can procrastinate on her homework more. The structure of a practice schedule and then games on the weekends helps her to be more disciplined in her studies during the season.
A few of the many highlights from her freshman 2018 season include scoring in the SCAC quarterfinals to tie up Texas Lutheran University (TLU) and making the penalty kick against TLU, upsetting them as the number three seed. In her debut season, Le started all 18 matches and was placed on the SCAC Fall Student-Athlete Academic Honor Roll. Le also earned the distinction of the UD women’s soccer MVP.
“My personal goal is to always put 100% into my games and to always get better,” said Le.
Le’s favorite thing about this season so far is how well everyone gets along and how easily the team incorporated the freshmen onto the team. She said two of the goals for the season are to integrate freshmen into the rest of the team and to be first in their conference bracket.
Le has three younger siblings and she hopes her younger brother, a senior in high school, will apply to UD. Le also believes a younger sister may eventually play soccer at UD.
When asked what brought her to UD, Le said, “I like to think God led me here…I love it.”