Leah grew up playing and coaching soccer in Santa Cruz. She started coaching at Santa Cruz Soccer Camp when she was 13 years old. While attending Harbor High the Pirates went to the CCS championship game every year, and won the title twice. She continued her career at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo earning all-conference honors and MVP of theMustangs her senior season. The Mustangs kept Leah on as an assistant coach while she finished her degree in Philosophy the following season. After graduation, Leah traveled to Norway and later Denmark where she signed with Fortuna Hjørring, a top club in the European game.