AS A SOPHOMORE (2011): A late returnee to campus while finishing up a stint playing in her native Finland...Received playing time in 18 matches with four starts...Was credited with two assists while registering 11 total shots, five on frame...Drew 14 ticks on the pitch during UT's 2-1 win over Kentucky (11/2) in a SEC Tournament quarterfinal...Played 26 minutes in the 2-0 win at Georgia (10/29)...Started in the midfield at Alabama (10/20), drawing 53 minutes of action...Was credited with a pair of shots over 39 minutes during the 2-0 victory over Mississippi State (10/9)...Picked up her second assist of the year via Emily Dowd's match-winning goal at 6:44 of the 4-0 romp over Arkansas (10/2)...Started her first match of the season and played all 107 minutes with three shots, including a header that just missed by landing on the top netting, during the 2-1 (2OT) loss to South Carolina (9/23)...Drew 119 total minutes of action as a sub during UT's six matches vs. #8 UCLA (18 mins. - 8/26), #18 Texas A&M (11 mins - 8/28), Middle Tennessee (eight mins. - 9/2), UNC Greensboro (13 mins. - 9/4), Charlotte (31 mins. - 9/9) and Coastal Carolina (38 mins. - 9/16)...Picked up her first assist of the season via a feed from the left wing to freshman Lexi Krause at 78:02 during the 5-0 rout of Charlotte.
AS A FRESHMAN (2010): Played in 17 of Tennessee's contests (with two starts: Arizona - 9/12 & Vanderbilt - 10/1) while firing 15 shots, 10 on frame...Tied Emily Shore for fifth on the Lady Vol squad in points with seven via two goals and three assists...Forced a 70th minute save on a 22-yard drive during UT's eventual 1-0 (OT) SEC Quarterfinal loss to LSU (11/4)...Delivered the key helper (her third of 2010) from the left wing that resulted in Kylie Bono's winning goal at 67:44 of the 2-1 victory over Georgia (10/29)...Drew 52 minutes of action as a sub in the midfield during UT's 1-0 (2OT) win over Alabama (10/24), firing one shot...Received 30 total minutes of playing time during the trip through Mississippi (10/8-10)...Started and played 34 minutes at forward in the 1-0 win over Vanderbilt (10/1)...Played 43 minutes against Arkansas (9/24), in her first career SEC action, and 17 versus LSU (9/26), both as a sub in the midfield...Scored her first two career goals and dished an assist during the 8-0 rout of Chattanooga (9/19)...Saarinen equaled Kylie Bono with five points versus the Lady Mocs on the way to posting the first five-point matches for any Lady Vol since Emily Redberg performed the feat back on Oct. 21, 2007, versus Mississippi State...Was tabbed to the Sun Devil Desert Classic All-Tournament Team after registering her first career assist and point via Chelsea Hatcher's goal at 87:56 of the 3-1 loss to Arizona...Was stopped on a sliding save in a one-vs.-one situation with the keeper late in the 2-1 win over Richmond (8/29)...Drew her first collegiate action as a sub during the season opening 3-0 win over Western Kentucky (8/20).
HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: A native of Espoo, Saarinen is the first player from Finland to don the Orange & White uniform for the Lady Vol soccer program in its history...She received eight caps during 2009-2010 as a member of Finland's Under-19 Women's National Team against squads such as Italy, Australia, France, England and Denmark...A part of a 2009 women's first division champion with PK-35 Vantaa, Saarinen tallied nine goals and nine assists over 18 total matches...She once scored a staggering five goals and dished a pair of helpers during a single 2008 contest for F.C. Espoo, still the all-time record for goals in a single junior championship match...Helped lead F.C. Espoo to a 2007 juniors' first division crown...With both F.C. Honka and Espoo, she garnered several victories in major tournaments such as the Helsinki Cup and Orebro Cup...Played in a national tournament as part of the Uusimaa regional squad.
PERSONAL: Currently enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences at UT with plans on majoring in psychology...Lists her first game with the Finland U-19 National Team as her greatest thrill to date in the sport of soccer...Decided to venture to Tennessee over schools such as Ole Miss, Campbell (where former teammate with PK-35 Pirjo Leppikangas is currently a freshman on the soccer team) and Hofstra...Cites floorball, photography and reading as hobbies she undertakes off the pitch...Claims to have modeled her game after Finnish National Team player Essi Sainio, someone Saarinen has been watching since she was 10 years old...Has a brother, Olli, 22, and a sister, Anne, 20...Sanna Maria Saarinen was born Sept. 4, 1991, in Espoo, Finland....Her parents are Timo and Pirkko Saarinen.