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Samantha Dewey

School

Xavier University

Position
Midfielder/Forward
Major
BS: Exercise Science; M. Ed: Sport Administration

Classroom

Samantha Dewey graduated in May 2019 with a degree in exercise science. She finished her undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.34 and is currently pursuing her Master’s of Education in Sport Administration.

Character

Dewey has been a consistent force for a women’s soccer program that had gone through turmoil leading up to its recent turnaround. Her competitiveness on the field led Xavier offensively during a time when winning was limited. During the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Dewey scored 15 of Xavier’s 49 total goalsd, earning post-season honors in both seasons.

Dewey underwent surgery on her leg and returned to action and lead the way in 2018, a breakthrough season for Xavier, featuring the first winning record and postseason win in over a decade.

Said Head Coach Nate Lie: “Samantha is caring, passionate, faithful and determined. She has a team-first mentality and is intentional with her leadership and relationship-building. Samantha’s growth over these past few years has been tremendous, and we are extremely fortunate to have her as part of our program.”

Community

Dewey has worked with a number of organizations during her time at Xavier, including the following:
- After School Youth Futsal Program at Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies
- Peer Mentoring/GOA Program at Xavier University
- Athletes in Action Leadership Group
- Community Action Day at Xavier University
- Volunteer at Academy of World Languages, a local underserved elementary school
- Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome
- Volunteer for Make-a-Wish Fundraiser

Of all the programs she worked with, Dewey said she was most impacted by volunteering to work with children at the Academy of World Languages. Said Dewey, “I loved being able to start my day off interacting with the kids. They were energetic and engaged in the activities we brought for them. It was incredibly rewarding to see how the kids grew by applying pieces of the activities we did with them over the course of the semester.”

Competition

The 2019 Preseason Big EAST Offensive Player of the Year, Dewey has been a consistent leader on the field for the Musketeers as the program has steadily risen through the ranks of the Big EAST in the past few seasons. Following a 2018 season in which Xavier won its first Big EAST postseason match and had its first winning record in 15 seasons. Dewey was named Big EAST Midfielder of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection, the first Musketeer to earn either honor. Dewey’s point total, the highest for a Musketeer in over a decade, featured nine goals, including four game-winners despite being the primary focus of the defense.

Entering her final season at Xavier, Dewey had totaled 73 points, earning post-season conference honors in each of her first three seasons. In 2016, she became the first Musketeer to be named to the All-Big EAST Second Team as a sophomore, and was unanimously selected to the All-Big EAST Freshman Team in 2015.

Dewey began the 2019 season living up to her offensive accolades, scoring four goals in Xavier’s 4-3 double overtime win over Murray State in the season opener.

(All stats as of nomination time.)