University of Iowa Athletics

#27 Samantha Tawharu

Height 5-7
Class Jr.
Hometown Green Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
High School Forrest Hill Milford

2019 Honors — Iowa’s Newcomer of the Year honoree… named to the Dean’s List for fall and spring semesters. 2019 — Saw action in all 21 games with eight starts… logged 1,045 minutes, finishing with five goals and five assists for 15 points… was tied for the team lead in assists and tied for third in goals… had 19 shots, including eight shots on goal… had three-game-winning goals, which were tied for the team lead and tied for the eighth-most in the Big Ten… scored her first career goal in the 6-1 win over UNI (8/25)… netted the game-winner in a 1-0 win at No. 14 NC State (9/6)… scored her third goal at Indiana (9/20)… made her first career start against Illinois (9/26)… scored the game-winner in the 110th minute in back-to-back games to close out the regular season — wins at Minnesota (10/20) and over Ohio State (10/27)… had goals and assists in both games.

2018 Honors — Named to the Dean’s List during the spring semester.  2018 — Joined the program in January, 2019.

High School — Two-time New Zealand Youth National Team member… played on the FIFA U17 and U20 Women’s World Cup teams, scoring nine goals in nine matches for the U20 team and 11 goals in 10 matches for the U17 team… also played for the Future Ferns Domestic Program and New Zealand National League, where she scored eight goals in 11 matches. At Forrest Hill Milford, she netted 42 goals in 35 games, helping the team to a 2016 New Zealand National Knockout Cup title and a championship appearance in 2018… scored 114 career goals.

Personal — Born Jan. 18, 1999… majoring in social justice.