Aug. 28, 2006
Tallahassee, FL – One day after defeating a No. 1 team in the nation for the first time in program history, the Seminole soccer team has established an even bigger first. In today’s Soccer America poll the FSU soccer team has taken over the top spot and received the first No. 1 ranking in soccer in school history. Florida State jumped three spots in the poll after all three of the top teams in the preseason rankings suffered a loss.
“Obviously this is a big milestone for our program and we feel fortunate that Soccer America thinks so highly of our team,” said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian. “The one thing to remember though is that this is very early in the season and we have a long way to go. Our goal is to be No. 1 in the final poll of the year. That is what we are working towards.”
Florida State’s previous all-time highest ranking was third and that came in four different polls. The highest ranking the team had ever received from Soccer America was No. 3 and that came in the September 6, 2004 poll. Florida State is the only ACC team in the top five of the poll but one of six conference opponents showing up in this week’s rankings.
The new No. 1 ranking isn’t the only good news for Florida State soccer today. On the heels of her game-winning goal versus Portland, Mami Yamaguchi received ACC Player of the Week honors, the first conference weekly honor of her FSU career.
Yamagauchi, a sophomore from Tokyo, scored the game-winning goal in Florida State’s win over Portland. The goal completed FSU’s comeback from a 1-0 defecit at halftime and ended defending National Champion Portland’s 26-game unbeaten streak. Yamaguchi scored the winner in the 80th minute after she collected a long throw-in and fired a shot that was deflected. Yamaguchi collected her own rebound and beat Cori Alexander for the goal. It was just the second game-winner in her career. The last came in overtime versus Duke in 2005.