Women's Soccer

Tiina Saario
Tiina Saario

Class: SR

Hometown: Helsinki, Finland

Height: 5-8

A potential All-American ... A technically proficient midfielder with the ability to win balls and control the attack ... Strong with both feet and a determined goal scorer ... Unselfish player with a powerful shot from anywhere ... Very strong and athletic.

JUNIOR (2004): Earned Second-Team NSCAA All-America and First-Team NSCAA All-South Region honors ... Tabbed the 2004 SSC Player of the Year ... Appeared on the All-SSC First-Team for the third straight season ... Selected to the SSC All-Tournament team ... Earned CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-District honors ...  Named to the SSC Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll and the President’s List after posting a perfect 4.0 during the fall season .... Ranked fifth in the SSC and second on the team with 25 points ... Tied for fourth in the conference and was second on the squad with nine goals, seven assists, and three game-winners.

SOPHOMORE (2003): Played in 20 games with 19 starts ... Named First-Team NSCAA All-South Region and First-Team All-SSC ... Tied for fourth in the conference in points (25), goals (9), and assists (7) ... Notched three game-winning goals ... Selected MVP of the SSC Tournament.

FRESHMAN (2002): Finished third with nine goals and fourth with 22 points despite seeing action in just 10 games ... Lead team with a .250 shooting percentage ... Also added three assists ... Scored game-winning goal in 5-0 win over Nova Southeastern ... Earned First-Team All-SSC and All-South Region spots.

CLUB: Tremendous club player with Club MPS in her native Finland ... Has been a mainstay of the Finnish National teams with seven caps for the U-16, 15 caps with the U-19 and 12 caps with the U-21s ... In addition, she has appeared five times with the “A” team and has been an alternate nine times ... Scored 15 goals in her last nine games. 

PERSONAL: Daughter of Anneli Stranden and Olli-Pekka Saario ... Majoring in criminology.

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