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Riley Tata

Striker
Position
5'7''
Height
Freshman
Class
Virginia Beach, Va.
Hometown
Norfolk Academy
High School

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AT VIRGINIA

2016
– Started every game this season
– Scored the game-winner against Old Dominion (Oct. 2) and at Richmond (Oct. 18)
– Scored two goals against Miami (Aug. 26), Rutgers (Sept. 2) and Richmond (Oct. 18)
– Tied for tenth on the Virginia career goal scoring list with 45

2015
– 2015 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-South Region Second Team
– VaSID First-Team All-State
– Second on the team with 14 goals, shooting 31.1 percent
– Ranked sixth in the ACC in goals per game (0.67)
– Played in all 21 games with 16 starts
– Scored a pair of goals against both Duke (Sept. 18) and North Carolina (Oct. 2)
– Scored the game-winning goal at Duke (Sept. 18) and Miami (Sept. 13)
– Scored a hat trick in the loss to Boston College (10/24)
– Scored both the game-tying and game-winning goals in the NCAA first-round game against Delaware

2014
– Played in all 20 games with 13 starts
– Third on the team in scoring with 10 goals
– For the second year in a row, scored Virginia’s first goal of the year on her first shot of the season, netting the game-winner at William & Mary (Aug. 27)
– Had her first career hat trick with three goals against Vermont (Sept. 28)
– Also scored the game-winner at Princeton (Oct. 3) and had the game-winning goal in the 2-1 upset victory at No. 1 North Carolina (Oct. 3)

2013
– Played in 18 games with six starts
– Finished the regular-season tied for second on the team with 20 points
– Finished the regular-season ranked second on the team with 10 goals
– Began her collegiate career scoring three goals on her first three shots (over a three-game span)
– Scored the first goal of the season for the Cavaliers, netting a score 1:51 into the season-opener against Louisville (Aug. 30)
– Had two multi-goal games, scoring twice at Vermont (Sept. 15) and against James Madison
– Scored the game-winning goals at Albany (Oct. 6) and against Duke (Oct. 18)

High School
– Four-sport athlete at Norfolk Academy, playing field hockey, basketball, soccer, and lacrosse
– 2012 Harrow Sports/NFHCA High School All-South Region
– Two-time first team All-State and two-time first team All-Tidewater
– 2012 TCIS Player of the Year and Team MVP
– Led Norfolk Academy to the state tournament three times, advancing to the finals in 2010 and 2011
– All-time single season and career record holder at Norfolk Academy with 119 goals, 37 assists, and 275 points
– Three-time TCIS leading scorer (65 points- 2010; 95 points- 2011; 97 points- 2012)
– Member of the 2009 Commonwealth Games U-16 champion team
– Won the “Outstanding Female Athlete” award at Norfolk Academy
– Scored over 1,000 career points in her Norfolk Academy basketball career, earning first team All-TCIS honors in 2013 as Team MVP
– Was the leading scorer on the 2011 State Champion soccer team at Norfolk Academy
– Named All-State Second Team in soccer in 2010

Personal
– Daughter of Bob and Anne Ferrell Tata
– Has two older sisters, Peyton and Carter, and a younger brother, Robert
– Her grandfather, Bob Tata, played football and baseball at Virginia, being named All-Virginia Big Six in both sports. He was also a collegiate batting champion and played in the North-South Shrine All-Star Game
– Her father, Bob, played football at the Naval Academy, setting 17 Navy records as a kicker. He was second on the all-time scoring list when he graduated
– Was selected as a 2012 Virginia Beach Neptune Princess, one of 12 high-achieving rising seniors from across the city who served as ambassadors at events such as Special Olympics, parades, and the “Surfers Healing” autism fundraiser
– Participated in mission trips to India, Tanzania, and the Dominican Republic
– Spent three years volunteering for senate and presidential campaigns
– History major

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