Dec. 27, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. - Soccer Buzz released its All-America teams as well as regional award winners for the 2007 season. A total of seven Seminole student-athletes received recognition in what was Florida State soccer's most successful season in school history. Juniors Mami Yamaguchi and Katrin Schmidt, sophomore Becky Edwards and freshmen Amanda DaCosta, Marissa Kazbour, Erin McNulty and Sanna Talonen were all honored by Soccer Buzz this year.
Yamaguchi (first team), DaCosta (second team) and Edwards (fourth team) were all named Soccer Buzz All-Americans. Talonen joined DaCosta as a first team Freshman All-American, while Kazbour and McNulty were named to the fourth team.
The list of accolades continues to grow for Yamaguchi as she was named the Soccer Buzz Southeast Region Player of the Year. This year the junior forward has been recognized as the ACC Offensive Player of the Year, a first-team All-ACC selection, an MVP by Soccer America and a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy and Honda Award. The winner of the Hermann Trophy will be announced on January 11, 2008, while the Honda Award will announce its winner on January 14.
The Tokyo, Japan native became the single-season record holder for points, goals and assists with 66, 24 and 18, respectively. On the FSU career charts, Yamaguchi is first all-time in assists with 30 and sits second in points (94) and goals (32). She began the season registering a point in her first 10 games, while setting the school record by scoring at least one goal in seven consecutive contests. Yamaguchi registered a point in 22 of 27 games for the Seminoles in 2007. She wrapped up the season as the only student-athlete in the nation to rank in the top 10 in the three major offensive categories (points per game, goals per game and assists per game).
DaCosta was named the Southeast Region Freshman of the Year. She started in all 27 games for the Seminoles in 2007 as she finished third on the team in points with 21 (six goals, nine assists). Her nine assists were one shy of tying the freshman single-season record set by Julia Schnugg in 2003. DaCosta scored the game-winning goal in the national semifinal against Notre Dame to send Florida State to its first appearance in the national championship game. Among DaCosta's accomplishments in her first season as a Seminole, she was named a second team All-ACC honoree and was a member of the Soccer America All-Freshmen, ACC All-Freshmen, ACC All-Tournament and NCAA College Cup Tournament teams.
Edwards joins Yamaguchi and DaCosta on the Soccer Buzz Southeast Region first team. The junior forward was also named to the NSCAA first team All-Southeast Region squad as a defender. Her spot on the All-America team is the first of her career. Edwards tallied nine points on three goals and three assists in 2007 and was a solid force for the Seminoles as a middle back. She started and played in all 27 games for the Seminoles and has made 33 consecutive starts for the Garnet and Gold dating back to her freshman campaign. The Downingtown, Pa., native helped Florida State to 12 shutouts this season, the second highest total in school history, including three straight shutouts to open the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
Earning a spot on the second team Southeast Region squad were Schmidt and Talonen.
Talonen had an outstanding freshman season for the Garnet and Gold as she finished the year with 42 points on 18 goals and six assists. Eight of those goals were scored in the NCAA Tournament as Talonen tied India Trotter, who tallied eight goals over four seasons, for the most goals scored all-time at Florida State in the postseason. The Tampere, Finland native finished the season as the all-time freshman leader for goals, points and game-winning goals surpassing Emma Breland who set all three marks in 2000. She led the team in game-winning goals, tied in game-winning assists and ranked second on the team in points, goals and shots.
Schmidt started and played in all 27 games in 2007. Since arriving at Florida State in 2005, she has started in all but one game and has currently played in 61 consecutive games for the Garnet and Gold. The Schleiden, Germany native finished the season with 12 points including a career-high 10 assists. Four of those assists came during the NCAA Tournament with two recorded as game-winners. Schmidt played a key role in the defensive effort for a Seminole team that posted 12 shutouts this season, the second highest total in school history.
Florida State tied the University of Georgia with four student-athletes named to the Southeast Region All Freshman team. DaCosta, Kazbour, McNulty and Talonen all received recognition in their first season with the Garnet and Gold.