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Spotlight On: Senate Letsie

Program: Women's Soccer

Senate Letsie, a forward on L&C’s women’s soccer team, has come a long way, figuratively and literally.  

A native of Maseru, Lesotho, she is the first woman from her country to earn a soccer scholarship to play in the United States. Last fall, she was invited to speak on a panel organized by streetfootballworld USA in San Francisco, California on that very topic.

Letsie began playing soccer when she was 13 years old. As a player for the Kick4Life Ladies’ Football Club, she earned the Top Goal Scorer award for three consecutive years.  

Off the field, Letsie is an L&C Honors College Scholar, where she won the Honors award her freshman year as a member of the very first cohort for the program. 

“Since coming to Lewis and Clark, my favorite memories are winning the District game and the Honors award my freshman year,” Letsie said. “Making it to Nationals (in 2017) has been the highlight of my athletic career.”

Choosing to attend Lewis and Clark was an easy decision for Letsie. 

“It was the only school that checked a majority of the boxes on my ‘perfect college’ checklist,” she said. “The campus is beautiful and I have the best relationship with my professors, advisors, coaches, teammates and fellow classmates.”

Although Letsie hopes to play soccer professionally after college, she would like to move on to a four-year university and earn both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology. 

“Playing a team sport helps shape a person’s character,” Letsie said. “One can learn valuable skills, such as leadership, communication, listening, respect and working well with others.”