Jan. 21, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. - After wrapping up the finest season in school history, which included a berth in their first ever national championship game, the Florida State women's soccer team will be honored at halftime of the men's basketball game against the Virginia Cavaliers this Wednesday night, January 23.
Success has become synonymous with Florida State soccer. This past year the Seminoles became just the ninth school in NCAA history to appear in three consecutive national semifinals and are just one of two schools to appear in four of the last five College Cups.
In 2007, Florida State advanced to the national championship game following a 3-2 victory over Notre Dame, avenging last season's 2-1 semifinal loss to the Irish in Cary, N.C. Mami Yamaguchi, Sanna Talonen and Amanda DaCosta each scored a goal and an assist against the Fighting Irish in College Station, Texas to lead the Seminoles to their first championship final in school history.
Despite falling to Southern California in the finals, the Seminoles had a season to remember as three student-athletes earned recognition on the national stage.
The Missouri Athletic Club and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) named Yamaguchi the winner of the MAC Hermann Trophy, presented to the top female player in NCAA Division I soccer. Yamaguchi becomes the first Florida State player to claim the top individual honor in women's soccer. She led the country in points (66), while finishing second in goals (24) and assists (18). The Tokyo, Japan native was recognized as the ACC Offensive Player of the Year and earned first team All-America honors by the NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Buzz.
Amanda DaCosta and Sanna Talonen also made school history as both student-athletes were named National Freshman of the Year by Soccer America and Soccer Buzz, respectively. DaCosta and Talonen became the first FSU players to claim a national individual accolade by either publication.
Come out and join the celebration this Wednesday night, January 23 at the Donald L. Tucker Center as Florida State University honors the women's soccer team at halftime of the Florida State/Virginia men's basketball game. Tip-off for Wednesday night's game is scheduled for 7:00 pm. Tickets are still available as fans can purchase tickets online at www.seminoles.com or by calling the Florida State ticket office at 1-888-378-6653.