Dec. 20, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. - Florida State junior Mami Yamaguchi is one of 21 finalists for the Umbro/Soccer New Net Player of the Year Award. Fans from across the country will be able to vote for the top collegiate player. Online fan voting will account for 40% of the total toward the award, while the remaining 60% of the vote will be cast by the editorial staffs of the six web sites, as well as from sponsor Umbro.
Fans can click on the following link between now and Wednesday, December 26, 2007 to vote for Yamaguchi.
In 2007, Yamaguchi became the single-season record holder for points, goals and assists with 66, 24 and 18, respectively. On the career charts, she sits first all-time in assists with 30 and sits second in points (94) and goals (32). 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 contests. Yamaguchi registered a point in 22 of 27 games for the Seminoles this year.
Yamaguchi 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 26 games this season, she registered 12 multi-point performances to lead the ACC.
The editors of each of the six sites in the Soccer News Net network nominated up to three local players for the award, each of which will be eligible for the Umbro regional player of the year award. The nominations included athletes playing at colleges within each site's coverage area, as well as athletes from the area playing collegiately elsewhere in the country. Three at-large selections rounded out the nominations.
The nominated athletes this year are:
ChicagoLand Soccer News.com
Kristin Arnold, forward, Indiana University
Cynthia Morote-Ariza, forward, Loyola-Chicago
Brittany Bock, forward, Notre Dame
Big Apple Soccer.com
Sue Weber, defender, Hofstra University
Christina DiMartino, forward, UCLA (Massapequa, NY)
Yael Averbuch, midfielder, North Carolina (Upper Montclair, NJ)
Philly Soccer News.com
Jillian Loyden, goalkeeper, Villanova
Kylee Rossi, forward, Tennessee (Pennington, NJ)
Alyssa Naeher, goalkeeper, Penn State
New England Soccer News
Meghan Schnur, midfielder, Connecticut
Brittany Taylor, defender, Connecticut
Katie Schoepfer, forward, Penn State (Waterford, Ct)
Los Angeles Soccer News
Lauren Cheney, forward, UCLA
Amy Rodriguez, forward, USC
Kristin Olsen, goalkeeper, USC
Dallas Soccer News
Ashlee Pistorius, forward, Texas A&M
Kasey Moore, defender, Texas
Kerri Hanks, forward, Notre Dame, (Allen, Texas)
Mami Yamaguchi, forward, Florida State
Ashley Banks, forward, West Virginia
Angie Woznuk, forward, Portland