Aug. 30, 2006
Tallahassee, FL -On the heels of her game-winning goal versus Portland, Florida State’s Mami Yamaguchi was named Soccer America’s national player of the week Wednesday. The national weekly honor is the first of her career. Earlier this week Yamaguchi received ACC Player of the Week honors, which was also the first conference weekly honor for the Tokyo native.
Yamagauchi 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 from Kelly Rowland and fired a shot that was deflected. Yamaguchi collected her own rebound and beat Pilot keeper Cori Alexander for the goal. It was just the second game-winner in her career. The last came in overtime versus Duke in 2005.
Yamaguchi has been a huge factor in FSU wins in her young career. In 25 career starts, Yamaguchi has recorded either a game-winning goal or assist in six games. That means the sophomore has had a hand in 29% of Florida State’s victories since she stepped on the pitch last fall. The game-winning goals and assists have come in some huge contests as well. Her two game-winning goals came in OT versus the Blue Devils and obviously versus then-No. 1 Portland. Her game-winning assists have come against teams like Florida, Boston College and Clemson giving Yamaguchi’s five game-winners versus ranked opponents.