Nov. 1, 2007
Clemson, S.C. – No. 15 Florida State (11-4-3, 6-2-2) closed out the regular season with a 2-0 victory over No. 25 Clemson (8-4-5, 1-3-5) Thursday evening at Riggs Field. The victory extended the Seminoles unbeaten streak to nine games over the Tigers, while it was the fourth win in a row for FSU on Clemson’s home turf during the regular season. Junior Mami Yamaguchi accounted for both goals becoming the Seminole record holder for points and goals in a single-season with 46 and 19, respectively.
The Tigers looked to crack the scoreboard first in the 43rd minute as Nuria Zufia got a great look with a header on goal, but freshman keeper Erin McNulty was there for the save to keep the game scoreless.
It looked as though the two teams would go into the locker room tied at zero, but Yamaguchi had other plans finding the back of the net with 49 seconds left in the first half to give the Seminoles the 1-0 lead. The goal was Yamaguchi’s team-leading 18th of the season. Amanda DaCosta was credited with an assist on the play, her seventh of the season. The freshman midfielder has now recorded a point in four consecutive games. With the goal, Florida State extended its streak to 24 consecutive games with a goal.
Clemson outshot Florida State 7-6 in the first half as both teams each took a corner kick and were called for three fouls apiece.
The Seminoles extended their lead to 2-0 in the 70th minute on a penalty kick goal by Yamaguchi. DaCosta set up the pk opportunity as she was tackled hard in the box by a Tiger defender. The Tokyo, Japan native stepped up to the line and successfully converted her second penalty kick attempt of the season to push her season goal total to 19.
Four of the six goals scored by Yamaguchi in league play have been game-winners. The junior forward finished the season with 15 points (6 goals, 3 assists) in 10 league games.
The Florida State defense had another great game shutting out an opponent for the eighth time this season and for the fourth time in league play. McNulty made five saves on the evening en route to earning her fifth career shutout.
The win moved the Seminoles into second place in the conference with 20 points. Florida State must now await the results of this weekend’s matches featuring North Carolina/Virginia and Miami/Wake Forest to determine the Seminoles’ seeding in the 2007 ACC Tournament in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. FSU will find out its seeding for the tournament no later than Monday, November 5. The ACC Tournament begins Wednesday, November 7. It is just the third time in league history that the conference tournament will be held in the state of Florida.