Sept. 3, 2007
Portland, Ore. – No. 6 Florida State (1-1-0) got a career day from junior forward Mami Yamaguchi as the Seminoles rolled to a 6-1 victory over Cal State Northridge on a gorgeous Labor Day afternoon at Merlo Field in Portland, Ore. It was the first win of the season for the Seminoles, while the goal outburst marked the third time under the Mark Krikorian era that FSU has tallied six or more goals in a contest. The meeting was the first between the Seminoles and the Matadors.
Yamaguchi finished the game with a career-high seven points on three goals and an assist. The Tokyo, Japan native tallied her first multi-goal game of her career with two first half goals and then solidified the Seminole victory with her first career hat trick as she scored her third goal of the game in the 61st minute of play. Erika Sutton and Sanna Talonen registered their first goal as a Seminole in the win.
“I was glad to be able to score and help my team,” explained Yamaguchi. “I had some good chances to score some goals today and was fortunate enough that I had a few go in the net. I would like to thank my teammates for giving me the chance to score. We played really well with each other today.”
Looking to avenge its season opening loss to Portland just two days ago, Florida State came out of the gates with four first half goals including two by Yamaguchi. The four goals were the most since tallying four last year against Jacksonville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. For the second straight game, the Seminoles were accurate with their shots as seven of the 14 total shots taken went on goal including five of 10 shots recorded in the first half.
Florida State got on the board first with a goal by Yamaguchi at 10:46 in the first half. The Seminoles received a throw-in deep in Matador territory which started the scoring play for FSU. Freshman Amanda DaCosta took the throw and found Talonen in the corner. Talonen gave the ball back to DaCosta who sent a pass inside the box where Yamaguchi punched it over the out stretched arms of CSUN keeper Kellie Drenner for her first goal of the season and an early 1-0 lead.
“We came out strong today,” said DaCosta. “I really started working much better with Mami then I have in previous practices as well as in our last game against Portland. We are finally getting used to each other and it paid off today. Overall, it was a good solid performance. The second half was a little questionable for us, but in the end we still got the results we wanted.”
The Seminoles would increase their lead to 2-0 thanks to an own goal in the 15th minute. Sophomore Becky Edwards sent a beautiful ball into the box where Sarah Wagenfuhr had position for a would be header shot. But a Cal State Northridge defender got to the ball first heading the pass into the back of its own net.
Yamaguchi would add her second goal of the half on a header shot from five yards out. Edwards, FSU’s assist leader in 2006, would register her first assist of the season as she sent another great ball into the box from about 35 yards out finding Yamaguchi to push the Seminole lead to 3-0.
In the 37th minute, Erika Sutton gave the Seminoles a 4-0 lead on her first goal of the season. Yamaguchi found a cutting Sutton streaking into the box from the left side. Sutton made a quick misdirection move and blasted a shot with her left foot into the upper right corner of the net from 16 yards out for the goal. The assist was the second in as many games for Yamaguchi.
“Mami played a great ball,” said Sutton. “I cut back and took it with my left foot. I think the goalkeeper thought I would take it (the shot) with my right. I was very excited to get that first goal as a Seminole.”
Less than five minutes later, Florida State looked to add to its lead but a header shot by Rachel Brown off a corner kick by Yamaguchi went high.
Cal State Northridge had its share of scoring chances in the first half as the Matadors recorded five shots, two of which were on goal. Both shots on goal were saved by freshman goalkeeper Erin McNulty.
The Matadors came out of the locker room with a burst of energy controlling the offensive flow for the first 10 minutes of the second half. It paid off as Cal State Northridge cut into the lead with a goal off the foot of Salma Tarik. Nalena Betancourt was credited with the assist on the play. The goal was the first of the season for Northridge.
The career day would continue for Yamaguchi as she tallied her first collegiate hat trick with goal number three of the afternoon at the 60:38 mark in the second half. Yamaguchi had the ball on the left wing and was immediately fouled by a Matador defender as she made a move to the inside. The Tokyo, Japan native took the free kick from about 22 yards out and bent it into the upper left corner of the net for the goal.
With the score at 5-1, Kate Milstead made her first appearance in net for the Seminoles replacing McNulty in the 66th minute of action.
Freshman Sanna Talonen capped the Florida State scoring with her first collegiate goal in the 77th minute. Talonen got behind the CSUN defense after a bad clear by the Matadors and one timed a shot into the left side of the net from 18 yards out for a 6-1 lead.
The Seminoles out shot the Matadors 14-8, while maintaining a 5-0 corner kick advantage. McNulty finished the game with two saves both coming in the first half.
Florida State will return to the pitch on Friday, September 7 as the Seminoles welcome Francis Marion to Tallahassee for the 2007 home opener. Game time is slated for 7:00 pm. Fans can follow all the action over the Internet. Gametracker will be available for the contest along with a live broadcast of the game on ACC Select.