Dec. 18, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. - For the second year in a row, a Florida State student-athlete is in the running for the Honda Award, presented to the top collegiate athlete in women's soccer. Mami Yamaguchi is one of four finalists in 2007 as announced by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards.
Yamaguchi had an outstanding junior campaign were she set single-season records for points (66), goals (24) and assists (18). She started in all 27 games for the Seminoles in 2007 as she played a major role in leading Florida State to its first berth in the national championship game.
The Tokyo, Japan native 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 games. Yamaguchi finished the season registering a point in 22 of 27 contests. In the NCAA Tournament, she continued to pace the Seminoles posting three goals and eight assists. Her eight assists in the 2007 postseason were the most tallied in a single-season in school history, while the mark also stands as the all-time school record.
Yamaguchi, a first-team All-American in 2007, registered three first half assists against Kennesaw State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament becoming just the second Seminole in school history to post three assists in one game and the first to record three all in one half.
On the career charts, Yamaguchi is first all-time in assists with 30 and sits second in points (94) and goals (32). She finished the season ranked fourth in the nation in scoring averaging 2.44 points per game. At one point during the season, she led the nation in scoring for a record six straight weeks. Yamaguchi 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). In 27 games this season, she registered 12 multi-point performances to lead the ACC.
The junior midfielder has also been named a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy and Soccer Buzz Player of the Year. Earlier this season, she was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year, earned a spot on the All-ACC first team and was named to the All-ACC Tournament and College Cup Tournament teams.
This year's finalists include Yamaguchi, UCLA's Lauren Cheney, Texas A&M's Ashlee Pistorius and Southern California's Kristin Olsen. Yamaguchi joins India Trotter as the only two Seminoles to be named a finalist for the Honda Award. Trotter was a finalist in 2006.
A vote will be conducted by NCAA Senior Women Administrators nationwide with the winner of the Honda Award being announced in January 2008. The winner will automatically become a nominee for the Honda-Broderick Cup awarded annually to the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year.
In addition, American Honda will donate $1,000 to the women's athletic fund at Florida State with the nomination of Yamaguchi as a finalist. The winner's program will also receive $5,000 compliments of American Honda.