Dec. 17, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. - ACC Offensive Player of the Year, first team All-ACC, finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy...now add first team All-American to the list of accolades for Mami Yamaguchi in 2007. The junior forward earned her first All-America distinction as announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) on Sunday, December 16. Along with Yamaguchi, Becky Edwards and Amanda DaCosta were honored by the NSCAA as all three Seminoles were named to the All-Southeast Region team.
Yamaguchi becomes just the sixth student-athlete in Florida State women's soccer history to be named a first team All-American. The Tokyo, Japan native 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 66, 24 and 18, 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. Yamaguchi became the first Seminole to be named a finalist for the Hermann Trophy, presented to the nation's top collegiate player, which will be announced on January 11, 2008.
The junior forward was also named to the first team All-Southeast Region squad where she was joined by fellow teammate Becky Edwards, who earned first team honors as a defender. 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. Earlier this season, Edwards was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District first team.
Amanda DaCosta, who is a finalist for Soccer Buzz Freshman of the Year honors, earned a spot on the All-Southeast Region second team. She was just one of two freshmen to be named to the Southeast Region team this year. The midfielder from Somers, N.Y., 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 ACC All-Freshmen, ACC All-Tournament and NCAA College Cup Tournament teams.