Xavier Women's Soccer Excels Off the Field
May 29, 2014
CINCINNATI- After posting a winning record on the field this past fall, Xavier Women's Soccer team members expanded on that success with their achievements in the classroom and the community.
In the classroom the team is setting new standards for the program. XU Women's Soccer posted a 3.54 GPA for the spring semester, the highest team average in program history, breaking the mark set just last fall. On the way to the record GPA, 14 team members earned Dean's Lists honors. Four players, junior Katie Schweer, senior Bridget Tully, freshman Tori Doss and freshman Erin Lattimerled the way with 4.0 GPAs.
Head Coach Woody Sherwoodpraised his team's commitment to academic excellence.
"It was wonderful to set the XU Women's Soccer team GPA record last fall. To break it the very next semester was an amazing accomplishment," said Sherwood. "The dedication of our student-athletes, professors as well as our Academic Athletic Advising staff is unparalleled. We look forward to continuing to represent Xavier on the field and in the classroom in a way all of Xavier Nation can be proud of."
Off campus, Xavier Women's Soccer team members are also active leaders in the community. Despite the hours dedicated to practices, games and academic commitments, XU Women's Soccer lends its time and support to numerous organizations in the Cincinnati area throughout the year.
During the spring, players regularly volunteered at City Gospel Mission. Team members spent several days a month from February through April, serving meals and spending time with homeless men and women as well as those working through the City Gospel Mission drug recovery program.
Each season Women's Soccer team members organize a fundraiser for Pink Ribbon Girls, an organization that supports women being treated for breast cancer. The fundraiser culminates with a Xavier Women's Soccer game with all proceeds benefitting the Pink Ribbon Girls. This past season marked the third year XU Women's Soccer partnered with PRG.
Players teamed up with U.S. Bank through the Xavier Community Partner Program to help Cincinnati area youth through the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati. Women's soccer team members routinely spend time working through the organization's academic, healthy lifestyle and citizenship programs to help transform at-risk kids into productive adults.
XU's Women's Soccer team members also participate in the annual Buddy Walk, an event created by National Down Syndrome Society to promote understanding and acceptance of people with Down syndrome. The Cincinnati event is one of over 250 Buddy Walks that take place around the country annually.
Women's Soccer participated in the "Adopt a Class" program at the Academy of World Languages. The XU players adopted "pen pals" in the third and fourth grade and regularly corresponded with them throughout the year. The players also helped organize activities for the students such as an athletics field day, and an Easter egg hunt.
"The majority of collegiate athletic teams participate in community service. The thing that separates Xavier teams, and specifically XU Women's Soccer, from other teams around the country is that we don't just go out once a semester on a community service project. It's a lifestyle for our student-athletes," said Sherwood. "Our student-athletes are committed week after week to great causes and helping those less fortunate."
Xavier Women's Soccer fans know about the team's winning ways on the field but the team's hard work away from the soccer field may be the players' most impressive victories.