Tara  Minnax

15Tara Minnax


Tampa, Fla.

High School:
Chamberlain H.S.




"I am so excited to see Tara healthy and back on the field. She has battled setbacks throughout her career and has always returned stronger. Her positive mind-set will be contagious and I look for her to be a tremendous leader this fall."

Forced to sit out the entire season after re-injuring her knee ligament during the preseason workouts? Entering her last season in Knoxville, Minnax is tied for fifth on the school's all-time list in match-winning goals (four), is tied for sixth in goals (14) and is deadlocked in seventh in both points (38) and assists (10)?

After missing the Lady Vols' last seven outings of '99, Minnax rebounded to become one of the team's top offensive performers?Started 16 of UT's first 17 matches before suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament against Mississippi on Oct. 22?Tallied 11 points on three goals and a career-high five assists to rank fourth on the scoring chart at the time of her injury?Notched the decisive goal in the squad's 2-1 win over James Madison and also found the back of the net in defeats of Arizona and South Carolina?During the home-opening win over the Wildcats, she equaled her personal high with a couple of assists?Chipped in with a helper against Kentucky that vaulted Laura Lauter Smith to the top of the points list at Tennessee?

Battling injuries throughout the fall, she competed in 13 matches and started five?Registered seven points on three goals and an assist?Of her three goals, two were game-winners?Went down low to beat Auburn's goalkeeper midway through the first half in an eventual 5-1 UT win?Her corner kick against Vanderbilt was placed in the right spot for Allison Campbell to find the back of the net versus the Commodores?Recorded her second career multiple-goal effort with a pair in the dispatching of UNC Asheville?Injury suffered in televised match at Georgia contributed to Minnax missing the remainder of the campaign?

Stepped into the lineup as a rookie to start 16 matches?Recorded 20 points on eight goal and four assists to place fourth on the squad in scoring?Contributed eight points on three goals and a pair of assists in SEC competition?Debuted in impressive fashion by registering the team's first goal of the season against Chattanooga?Shot from 18 yards out found the left corner of the goal at the 19:20 mark?Broke scoreless tie with a left-side shot past the Kentucky keeper?Elevated her game before a FOX Sports Net South audience by netting two goals close to three minutes apart in the battle with #25 Georgia?Her first-half strikes gave UT a 2-0 lead en route to the 3-2 triumph which earned the Lady Vols a ticket to the SEC Tourney?Popped in two goals in 6-0 battering of Louisville?

A three-year letterwinner at Chamberlain High School who captained the squad her final two seasons?Recognized as the Tampa Tribune and St. Petersburg Times Player of the Year?Selected as her team's Offensive Most Valuable Player three years in a row?Leading goal scorer in the county as a senior?Competed for the Tampa Heather club team?Squad made the Region III finals in 1998 and 1999 and advanced to the semifinals in '97?Also lettered three times in track and twice in cross country?Set school records in the mile, 880-yard run and as part of the 4x800m relay team?Won both the district and county championships in the mile as a freshman?

Majoring in education...Hopes to become an athletic trainer?Appeared in Who's Who Among American High School Students and made president's honor roll every semester?Was a member of the National Honor Society as well as the Mu Alpha Theta, Beta and Exchange clubs in high school?Cites her biggest thrill in soccer as competing against the U.S. National Team in 1997?Has an older brother, Patrick, 23...Tara Jeanne Minnax was born Nov. 26, 1979, in Tampa, Fla....Her parents are Patrick and Linda Minnax.

2001Injured - Out for Season

If you were going to be on Survivor, what three luxury items would you bring?
Soccer ball, my pictures, radio

One word or phrase to describe 2002 Lady Vols:

What do you like most about being a Lady Vol soccer player?
Having so much support in every area on and off the field

Teammate who will be the biggest surprise this season:
Ellen Dean

Actor:Vin Diesel
Actress:Sanda Bullock
Sports Team:Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pro Athlete:Marion Jones
Pig-Out Foods:Dips and chips, ice cream
Spot on Campus:Anywhere but class
Prized Possession:My cats
Vacation Destination:Florida beaches
Soccer Player:Figo
Pump-Up Song:Always changes



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