November 6, 2007 - by
Mami Yamaguchi Recognized As ACC Offensive Player Of The Year

Nov. 6, 2007

Greensboro, N.C. – Junior Mami Yamaguchi has had a season to remember. She entered the season as the team’s top returning scorer with 16 points (6 goals and four assists). It took her just five games to surpass that mark as she concluded the 2007 regular season leading the league in points and goals with 46 and 19, respectively. For her efforts, Yamaguchi was named the 2007 Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year as voted on by the league’s 11 head coaches. She becomes the first Florida State women’s soccer student-athlete to garner an individual accolade from the league office (Offensive, Defensive or Freshman of the Year honors) in the program’s 13-year existence.

“It’s a great honor for Mami,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “She had a very, very good season. For her, it’s nice to be recognized by the conference coaches for having such an outstanding season. We are all happy for her and proud of her.”

Two Seminoles earned All-Conference honors as Yamaguchi was named to the first team, while freshman Amanda DaCosta was recognized on the second team. DaCosta was also honored with a spot on the All-ACC Freshmen team. It marks the eighth year in a row that Florida State has had at least one student-athlete named to the first team. DaCosta becomes the 13th Seminole to earn All-Freshmen honors and the sixth honoree since 2004 joining current teammates Libby Gianeskis (2004), Katrin Schmidt (2005), Sarah Wagenfuhr (2005), Yamaguchi (2005) and Becky Edwards (2006).

Along with leading the conference, Yamaguchi ranks in the top five nationally in points per game (2.56) and goals per game (1.06). She also leads the team in assists with eight. The Tokyo, Japan native registered a point in 15 of 18 games this season, while tallying multiple points in seven games. Entering her junior campaign, Yamaguchi had never registered a multi-goal game in her career. She recorded four in 2007 including three hat tricks. Her shots on goal percentage has been lights out so far this season as 37 of her 73 shots have been on goal (50.7%).

DaCosta has had an outstanding freshman season for the Garnet and Gold ranking second on the team in assists (7) and third in points with 15. She started all 18 games at the midfield position in 2007. Her play down the stretch as been truly remarkable as she closed out the regular season registering a point in four straight games tallying a total of seven points on two goals and three assists. In league play, the Katonah, N.Y. native posted three goals and three assists, while 9 of her 14 shots were on goal. DaCosta becomes just the second Seminole to earn a spot on the All-ACC First or Second team and the All-ACC Freshmen Team in the same season. Emma Breland earned first team and freshman team accolades in 2000.

“Amanda had a very good season,” added Krikorian. “She came in and made an immediate impact on our team. It’s great to see her get recognized for the year that she had, helping this team to be successful throughout the course of the season.”

2007 All-ACC Women’s Soccer Teams and Individual Superlatives

2007 All-ACC First Team
Yael Averbuch, Midfielder, North Carolina
Sinead Farrelly, Midfielder, Virginia
Tobin Heath, Midfielder, North Carolina
Jill Hutchinson, Forward, Wake Forest
Nikki Kryzsik, Defender, Virginia
Casey Nogueira, Forward, North Carolina
Ashley Phillips, Goalkeeper, Clemson
Becky Sauerbrunn, Defender, Virginia
Brittney Steinbruch, Forward, Miami
Lorraine Quinn, .Midfielder, Duke
Mami Yamaguchi, Midfielder, Florida State

2007 All-ACC Second Team
Julie Bolt, Midfielder, Clemson
Amanda DaCosta, Midfielder, Florida State
Shannon Foley, Forward, Virginia
Kaley Fountain, Defender, Wake Forest
Marika Gray, Forward, Virginia Tech
Elizabeth Jobe, Defender, Clemson
Chantel Jones , Goalkeeper, Virginia
Elisabeth Redmond, Forward, Duke
*Allie Sadow , Forward, Wake Forest
*Lauren Singer, Midfielder, Miami
Amy Smerdzinski, Midfielder, Wake Forest
*Lindsay Vera, Forward, NC State
*Denotes tied for last two remaining spots

2007 All-ACC Freshmen Team
Rebecca Allen, Forward, Duke
Yewande Balogun, Goalkeeper, Maryland
Hannah Cerrone, Defender, Boston College
Amanda DaCosta, Midfielder, Florida State
Sinead Farrelly, Midfielder, Virginia
Samantha Germano, Midfielder, Wake Forest
Marika Gray, Forward, Virginia Tech
Meghan Klingenberg, Forward, North Carolina
Brooke Knowlton, Forward, Boston College
Kelly Lynch, Defender, Virginia Tech
Brittney Steinbruch, Forward, Miami

2007 Offensive Player of the Year
Mami Yamaguchi, Florida State

2007 Defensive Player of the Year
Becky Sauerbrunn, Virginia

2007 Freshman of the Year
Brittney Steinbruch, Miami

2007 Coach of the Year
Tricia Taliaferro, Miami

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