2012 SENIOR SEASON Academic All-Big Ten Earning starting assignments in all 18 appearances Began the year on defense but was moved up to forward after aggravating an old injury Collected two goals and three assists for seven total points Had 10 shots on target out of 26 total shots for a .385 percentage Recorded her first assist of the season against Bowling Green (Aug. 30) Scored one goal and one assist in the three-goal shutout victory over Illinois (Oct. 12) Tallied one assist in the team's 5-1 win against Purdue on Oct. 21.
2011 REDSHIRT SEASON: Missed entire season after suffering a leg injury received medical hardship waiver, restoring her final season of eligibility served as a team captain.
2010 JUNIOR SEASON: Enters her senior season as one of Minnesota's top returners, having appeared in all 23 games last season including 21 starts set new career highs in 2010 with 17 points, six goals and five assists despite splitting time between forward and defender throughout the year tallied one game winner took 27 shots, landing 14 of them on goal named to the Academic All-Big Ten team earned third letter.
2009 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team appeared in all 20 matches on the season, with 15 starts took at least two shots in 16-of-20 matches this season has taken four or more shots eight times 54 shots and five goals (tie) are second on the team, while 11 points are third on the team 54 shots ranked ninth in the Big Ten five goals on the season tie the mark from her freshman season took two shots, landing one on goal, in the season ending 1-0 win over Indiana on Nov. 6 among the team leaders with three shots in the 1-0 OT win over Northwestern on Oct. 30 scored the opening goal and finished with two shots in the 2-1 loss to Michigan State on Oct. 25, the first time in her career the Gophers lost when she had a point Gophers are now 7-1-2 in her career when she scores scored the Gophers only goal with her only 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 on Oct. 18, breaking the second longest streak of her career (14) took two shots, landing each on goal in the 1-0 loss to Penn State on Oct. 16 tallied first assist on the season, helping on Molly Rouse's game-winner in the 1-0 win over No. 9 Purdue on Oct. 11 took a game high five shots, and scored her third goal of the season on Oct. 4 against South Dakota took a game high four shots in the 2-1 OT win at Wisconsin on Oct. 1 took a game-high five shots against Illinois on Oct. 27 and scored her second goal of the season took two shots against Iowa on Sept. 24 tied a season high and led the team with five shots on Sept. 18 added four more shots on Sept. 20 as Minnesota put up 31 fired off two shots on Sept. 11 but was held without a shot on goal for the first time in three matches was held without a shot on Sept. 13, snapping a four-match streak took four shots on Sept. 4 and two on Sept. 6 started on Aug. 28 against Georgia for the first time since Nov. 9, 2008 tied a career high on Aug. 30 with three shots on goal fired off a team-high four shots on Aug. 21 against South Dakota State, landing a team-high three on goal scored the third goal of the match, less than five minutes into the second half score in season opener was third straight regular season match with goal.
2008 FRESHMAN SEASON: Named a SoccerAmerica Freshman All-American earned All-Great Lakes Region Freshman Team honors from SoccerBuzz Named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team earned the Golden Gophers' "Spark Award," annually given to the top bench contributor tied for the Big Ten lead in game-winning goals with three in conference play five game-winners in all games tied for third in the Big Ten scored six goals in conference games to rank tied for sixth in the Big Ten finished tied for ninth in the Big Ten in points in conference games with seven game-winning goal (5) mark is tied for the fourth best season in Minnesota soccer history, and is the best mark by a freshman since 1993 appeared in all 26 matches and was a starter in six fourth on the team in scoring and led all freshman scored five goals and added two assists to finish with 13 points all five goals were game-winners fired off 42 shots on the season, landing 15 on goal first collegiate point came in the season opener in the form of an assists on the match's third goal first collegiate goal came two matches later on Aug. 28 when she opened the scoring in the Golden Gophers 2-0 win over South Dakota State collected a career high three points (1G/1A) on Oct. 26 in the 2-0 win over Northwestern in the following match, scored in back-to-back matches for the first career time as the Golden Gophers beat Iowa 1-0 named a U of MMaroonScholar Athlete earned first letter.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2008 graduate of Burnsville High School where she played for coach Paige Hoff 2007 team captain at Burnsville 2007 Puma Senior Classic MVP Named to 2006 and 2007 all-state 2005, 2006 and 2007 all-metro 2005, 2006 and 2007 All-Lake Conference 2005 Lake Conference Champions 2004 Lake Conference Rookie of the Year Member of Bangu Tsunami 89/90 club team from 2005-2008 with Gopher teammates Shari Eckstrom and Josie Solie 2006, 2007 and 2008 Minnesota State Champions and 2008 Region II semifinalists 2007 Midwest Regional League runner-up club coach was Eric Singer 2008 Region II Olympic Development Program (ODP) Team - participating in 2008 European tour with teammate Eckstrom 2007 Region II ODP Team - Interregional Event, Stockton, CA and Brazil Tour Member of Region II ODP Team from 2006-2008 Member of Minnesota 1990 State ODP Team from 2003-2007 also lettered in hockey in 2005 and 2006 (coached by former Gopher assistant hockey coach Tom Osiecki) 2005 and 2006 section finalist in hockey Member of W-League Minnesota Lightning in 2007 and 2008.
PERSONAL: Born January 11, 1990 daughter of Mary and Scott Strahota father Scott was President of Burnsville Soccer Club and both parents are active in Burnsville soccer community has one brother, Alan (23) and two sisters, Theresa (21) and Kristina (18) Sister Kristina is her twin undeclared on a major.
Getting to Know Tamara... Favorite food: Chipotle. Favorite professor: Linda Buturian Favorite class at Minnesota: Art through identity and performance. Best soccer memory: Overtime goal against Purdue. Why you chose your number: Class number in third grade. Toughest player you've ever faced: Krystle Kallman. Any superstitions: Paint my nails before every game, or weekend trip. After college I want to...: Travel to greece. I cannot live without my: Socks. Favorite thing about Minneapolis-St. Paul: The skyline at night. Best birthday present you ever received: Seafood dinners every year. Ultimate soccer dream: Play professionally.