Shari Eckstrom
Shari  Eckstrom


Brooklyn Park, Minn.

High School:
Champlin Park HS



1 Letter


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G-60: Shari Eckstrom

Today's G-60 features Gopher soccer player Shari Eckstrom.

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Started all 21 games in 2011 • finished second on the team in points (13) and goals (four) and led the team in assists (five) • had 59 shots on the season, which places her ninth in Minnesota history for career shots (181) • served as a team captain •named to the All-Big Ten Tournament Team • notched a career-high two assists in the 5-0 home opener win over South Dakota State (8/21) • recorded first goal of the season during the Minnesota Gold Classic in the 2-1 overtime loss to Georgia (9/2) • tallied a score in the 1-1 draw against Ohio State (9/18) in the Big Ten opener • had the game-winning goal in the 3-1 home victory over Indiana (10/21) • matched a career-high point total of four (one goal, two assists) in the 6-3 Senior Day triumph over Nebraska (10/28) • notched an assist against Wisconsin (11/2) in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.

Posted a breakout season in 2010, settting new career marks in nearly every offensive category • enters her junior season as the top returning point-getter from the 2010 squad • finished second on the team and tied for 10th in the Big Ten with 19 points • seven goals were tied for first on the Gophers squad and tied for 10th in the conference • tied for third on the team and ninth in the Big Ten with five assists • also set career marks with 23 starts (one of just five Gophers to start in every game in 2010), 80 shots (led the Big Ten), 30 shots on goal and two game winners • shared the 2010 Midfield Most Valuable Player Award with 2010 senior Molly Rouse • named to the Academic All-Big Ten team • earned third letter.

Named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team • Appeared in 19 matches on the season with 18 starts • has tallied at least one shot in 14-of-19 matches this season • tied for second on the team with four assists (Rezac) • 29 shots on the season are a new career high • earned first career start in the season opener • took two shots against Indiana on Nov. 6, marking a career long four straight matches with a shot • among the team leaders with three shots in the 1-0 OT win over Northwestern on Oct. 30 • took two shots in the 2-1 loss to Michigan State on Oct. 25 • took just one shot in the 1-1 tie with Michigan on Oct. 23 • held without a shot in the 1-0 loss to No. 19 Ohio State for just the fifth time on the season • took one shot in the 1-0 loss to Penn State on Oct. 16 • took one shot on the 1-0 win over No. 9 Purdue on Oct. 11 • took two shots on Oct. 1 vs. Wisconsin • netted her fourth assist of the season on Sept. 27 • tallied her third assist of the season and her career on the game-winner vs. Iowa on 9/24 • garnered her second point of the season with an assist on Sept. 18 in the 4-1 win over Nevada • also took two shots in the match • collected first career assist on Sept. 11 in the 3-2 win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee • tallied one of the Golden Gophers three shots on goal on Sept. 4 • set a new career best with five shots on Aug. 30 • tied a career high with two shots on goal on Aug. 30.

Appeared in a career high 21 matches • scored three goals to finish with six points • tallied her first career goal in her first career match on Aug. 22 (Northern Iowa) • tallied first career game-winner on Sept. 21 as the Golden Gophers beat Boston University 1-0 • scored Minnesota's lone goal in a 1-2 loss to Penn State on Nov. 9 • Golden Gophers second-leading freshman scorer• named a U of MMaroonScholar Athlete• earned first letter.

A 2008 graduate of Champlin Park High School where she played for coaches Megan Green and Bridget Decko • 2007 Champlin Park team captain • 2007 Puma Senior Classic MVP • 2007 NW Suburban Conference Player of the Year • 2006 and 2007 Northwest Suburban Conference Champions • 2005 and 2007 all-state • 2006 All-State honorable mention • 2005, 2006, 2007 All-Suburban Conference • 2005, 2006, 2007 all-metro • 2005 and 2007 Champlin Park HS Team MVP • member of Bangu Tsunami 89/90 club team from 2005-2008 with fellow Gophers Josie Solie and Tamara Strahota • 2006, 2007 and 2008 Minnesota state champions • 2007 Midwest Regional League runners-up • 2008 Region II Olympic Development Program (ODP) Team - 2008 European tour • 2007 Region II ODP Team - Interregional Event, Stockton, CA • 2006 Region II ODP Team - Interregional Event, Boca Raton, FL • Member of Region II ODP Team from 2006-2008 • Member of Minnesota 1990 State ODP Team from 2003-2007 • Champlin Park HS Honor Roll 2004-2007 • Also lettered in basketball (twice) and track (twice) at Champlin Park HS • spent summer of 2007 and 2008 playing on W-League Minnesota Lightning.

Born March 12, 1990 • daughter of Robin and Rusty Eckstrom • Has three brothers, Ryan (23), Jonathan (21) and Austin (15)• majoring in business market education with a minor in communications.

Getting to Know Shari...
Favorite food
: Pizza - Mesa.
Favorite professor: Ptim Beihm.
Favorite class at Minnesota: Rock History.
Best soccer memory: Regionals to advance to the semifinals with about one minute left, Tami crosses a ball and I made a 60 yard run sliding to toe it in right after the whistle blew.
Biggest celebrity from your hometown/high school: Sam Maresh (Golden Gopher football player).
Why you chose your number: I've always had different numbers, and I don't think one number fits me.
Toughest player you've ever faced: Kelsey Hood (air balls)
Any superstitions: No.
After college I want to...: Continue to player soccer, coach, and travel.
I cannot live without my: Cell phone.
Favorite thing about Minneapolis-St. Paul: Close enough to go home, but far enough away to meet new people. Also playing soccer for the U of M.
Best birthday present you ever received: My license.
Ultimate soccer dream: Play in Europe and coach at the college level.

Season GP-GS G A Pts Sh Sh% SOG SOG% GW PK-Att
2008 21-0 3 0 6 13 .231 5 .385 1 0-0
2009 19-18 0 4 4 29 .000 8 .276 0 0-0
2010 23-23 7 5 19 80 .087 30 .375 2 0-0
2011 21-21 4 5 13 59 .068 21 .356 1 0-0
TOTAL 84-62 14 14 42 181 .077 64 .354 4 0-0


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