Golden Xross Gets Kick-Started at Xavier

Top row: Keson Wallace, Germaine Ingram, Joshua Johnson, Courtney Freeman, Caleb Mathews, Shadia Suber, Daniel Petterway, Elijiah Jones, Amber Terry, Dean Turner, Nyambi Williams, Millard F. Hampton IV, Elizabeth Louis, Savioune Shepard, Reham Awad, and David Whitfield Middle row: Demetrius Brown, Roman Tate, Alexandria Williams, Essence Henry, and Edgar Leon Bottom row: Muhammad Wally, Adia Brantley, Godson Charles, and Ammiel Williams

Golden Xross is a new coed soccer team on Xavier’s campus. The team started in the fall 2014 semester and is part of an evolving intramural culture to embrace soccer nationwide, which trails behind basketball and football, but remains the
world’s top sport.
“Soccer is a growing sport,” said Father Etido Jerome, Xavier’s university chaplain
who coaches the Golden Xross. “Soccer builds determination, team work, stamina, unity and a healthy lifestyle. It helps relieve stress, tension and creates a clarity
of spirit.”

This semester, Golden Xross played matches against schools such as Loyola University, University of West Florida, and two games against Dillard University.
A soccer tournament is unique because female and male players play in the matches. “The women play just like the guys; coed doesn’t make a difference,”
said Muhammad Wally, a freshman physics and mechanical engineering major and the team’s captain.

While Golden Xross didn’t have a winning inaugural season, Father Etido and the players hope to see the sport continue at Xavier and more students
become involved. The ultimate goal is to have soccer declared an official Xavier sport, although that will take much effort and time to happen, he added.

The team currently includes 27 undergraduate student members from various hometowns.

Team members include: Chemistry/ Pre-Pharmacy major Reham Awad from Baton Rouge, La.; Chemical Engineering major; Jacqueline Baidoo from Takoradi,
Ghana; Biology/ Pre-Med major Adia Brantley from St. Louis, Mo.; Computer Engineering major Demetrius Brown from Jackson, Miss.; Electrical Engineering major Godson Charles from New Orleans, La.; Cheyenne Deshields from
Newark, Del.; Engineering major Courtney Freeman from Ann
Arbor, Mich.; Mass Communications major Mia Hammonds from
Washington, D.C.; Psychology/Pre-Med major Millard F. Hampton
IV from Elkgrove, Calif.; Chemistry/ Pre-Pharmacy major
Essence Henry from Dallas, Texas; and Chemistry/ Pre-Pharmacy
major Germaine Ingram from Memphis, Tenn.; Mathematics
major Elijah Jones from St. Thomas, V.I.; Psychology/Pre-Med major Joshua Johnson from Compton, Calif.; Computer Science major Joshua Lott from
New Orleans, La.; Biology/ Pre-Med Elizabeth Louis from New Iberia, La.; Electrical Engineering major Caleb Mathews from Jeanerette, La.; Business major Daniel Petterway from Shreveport, La.; Biology major Savioune Shepherd from Houston, Texas; Biology/ Pre Med major Shadia Suber from Houston, Texas; Biology/ Pre-Med major Roman Tate from Fort Mill, S.C.; Biology major Amber Terry from Fort Washington, Md.; Biology/Pre-Dental major Dean Turner from New Iberia, La.; Mechanical Engineering major Keson Wallace from Dallas, Texas; Physics and Mechanical Engineering major Muhammad Wally from Brooklyn, N.Y.; Biology/ Pre-Med major Peyton Ware from Franklin, La.; English
major David Whitfield from Helena, Ark.; Biology/ Pre-Med major Alexandria Williams from Atlanta, Ga.; Political Science major Ammiel Williams from
Los Angeles, Calif.; and Biology/Pre-Med major Nyambi Williams
from Atlanta, Ga.

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