Beautiful Game

Two ceremonies to honor their love for each other—and for soccer.

For her wedding day, bride Leslie Osborne ’05 donned white dress and veil and 5-inch heels—then took to the soccer pitch of Stevens Stadium to kick around a ball with groom Ricky Lewis. A second ceremony, by the sea in Baja, Mexico: time for a game of one-on-one between the two former soccer pros while the surf crashed on the beach.

Some backfield on the pair: They were wed in a private, family-only ceremony at Mission Santa Clara de Asís in November 2015, presided over by Paul Soukup S.J.M.Div. ’78, STM ’79. To accommodate international guests, the couple opted for a celebration two months later, on Jan. 22, in lovely San José del Cabo. The wedding party included fellow Bronco soccer players Bree Horvath ’05 and Carrie Schuler ’06, with Bronco women’s soccer coach Jerry Smith and former teammate and Bronco assistant coach Brandi Chastain ’91 in attendance, along with eight more Bronco teammates. The celebration in Cabo provided plenty of dancing, an array of sweet treats, and a brunch and pool party.

Leslie and Ricky both played for United States Youth National Soccer Teams and met at a National Team Camp in Rhode Island at age 17. The two stayed in touch through college and into their postgraduate lives as professional soccer players. Leslie, a defensive midfielder, played for FC Gold Pride, the Boston Breakers, and Chicago Red Stars, as well as for the U.S. Women’s National Team. Ricky played for the LA Galaxy and the Colorado Rapids. They reconnected during a Skype session a few years ago and they met up in person in London during the summer Olympics.

The proposal: In London, out for a run together, Ricky pulled a muscle (he said), and they found a bench to let him rest. He got down on one knee and popped the question.

Leslie is in her second year as assistant athletic director for intercollegiate sports and student-athlete leadership at SCU. This spring she was inducted into the Santa Clara University Athletics Hall of Fame. Ricky is in medical sales at Stryker working with doctors and hospitals in the South Bay from Redwood City to Monterey.

post-image Fútbol festivities and instep drive: Leslie Osborne and Ricky Lewis. Photo courtesy Leslie Osborne
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