Nov. 29, 2007
Kansas City, Kan. - The list of accolades continues to grow on an already impressive resume for Seminole forward Mami Yamaguchi in 2007. On Wednesday, November 28, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced that Yamaguchi is one of 15 semifinalists for the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy, presented to the nation's top collegiate player.
Yamaguchi began the season as Florida State's leading returning scorer as she ranked third a season ago with 16 points (6 goals and 4 assists). This season alone she became the single-season record holder for points, goals and assists with 62, 23 and 16, respectively. She also set the school record for points in league play with 15 while tying Cindy Schofield for first all-time with six goals in one season. For her efforts, Yamaguchi was recognized as the ACC Offensive Player of the Year in 2007.
On the career charts, Yamaguchi is first all-time in assists with 28 and sits second in points (90) and goals (31). 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 has registered a point in 20 of 24 games for the Seminoles this season.
"We are really happy for Mami," said head coach Mark Krikorian. "She has had an exceptional season and is certainly a worth candidate for this very prestigious award."
She tallied career-highs in points (7) and goals (3) in FSU's 6-1 win over Cal State Northridge in Portland. Against the Matadors, Yamaguchi posted her first career multi-goal game with a hat trick. She would go on to add two more hat tricks in 2007 to become the first Seminole to register three hat tricks in a career. Her three three-goal games also marks the first time in the 13 years of women's soccer that a Florida State student-athlete recorded multiple three goal games in one season.
Yamaguchi currently ranks second in the nation in scoring averaging 2.58 points per game. She led the nation in scoring for a record six straight weeks at one point during the season. She is 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). Through 24 games, she has registered 11 multi-point performances to lead the ACC.
Yamaguchi becomes the sixth Seminole in four years to be in the running of this prestigious award. She joins a growing list of other Seminole greats including Leah Gallegos (2004), Kelly Rowland (2005), Selin Kuralay (2006), India Trotter (2006) and Sarah Wagenfuhr (2007). The junior forward joins Kuralay and Trotter as the third Seminole to be named a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy.
"This is certainly a reflection of the players that we are recruiting and getting to play at Florida State," added Krikorian. "These players are performing at a high level and Mami is no exception. It's a credit to Mami and her teammates that she has had such an outstanding season."
The list will be narrowed down to three finalists on December 14. The three remaining student-athletes will be invited to attend a banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on Friday evening, January 11. The winners of the men's and women's awards will be announced at that dinner.