Top 20 Moments: #2 – Yamaguchi Wins Hermann Trophy
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State Women’s Soccer program turns 20 in 2014! In conjunction with celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Seminole soccer team is counting down the top 20 moments over the last 20 seasons.
Join the Seminoles throughout the fall on Seminoles.com and through their social media outlets on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as the program takes a look back in history to honor this monumentally occasion by unveiling the top 20 moments.
The countdown continues this week at No. 2 when junior forward Mami Yamaguchi was honored as the recipient of the 2007 MAC Hermann Trophy.
The 2007 Florida State women’s soccer season finished on a high note in St. Louis, Mo., as the Missouri Athletic Club and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) named Mami Yamaguchi the winner of the MAC Hermann Trophy, presented to the top female player in NCAA Division I soccer.
Yamaguchi became the first Florida State player to claim the top individual honor in women’s soccer. She led the country in points (66), while finishing second in goals (24) and assists (18) in 2007. The Tokyo, Japan native was recognized as the ACC Offensive Player of the Year and earned NSCAA first-team All-America honors.
Mami Yamaguchi with Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian at the 2007 MAC Hermann Trophy presentation.
The junior forward played a vital role in leading the Seminoles to the national championship game for the first time in school history. In the 2007 NCAA Tournament, she paced the Seminoles with three goals and eight assists. Her eight assists rank as a single-season postseason school record.
She began the 2007 season registering a point in her first 10 games, while setting the school record by scoring at least one goal in seven consecutive matches. Yamaguchi registered a point in 22 of 27 games for the Seminoles that year.
Yamaguchi began the year as Florida State’s leading returning scorer with 16 points (6 goals and 4 assists). In 2007, she became the single-season record holder for points, goals and assists with 66, 24 and 18, respectively.
The 2007 MAC Hermann Trophy recipients: Florida State’s Mami Yamaguchi and UConn’s O’Brian White.
She tallied career-highs in points (7) and goals (3) in FSU’s 6-1 win over Cal State Northridge in Portland. Against the Matadors, Yamaguchi posted her first career multi-goal game with a hat trick. She would go on to add two more hat tricks in 2007 to become the first Seminole to register three hat tricks in a career, a record that still holds to this day. Her three three-goal games also marks the first time in program history that a Florida State student-athlete recorded multiple three goal games in one season.
Yamaguchi finished the season ranked fourth in the nation in scoring averaging 2.44 points per game. At one point during the season, she led the nation in scoring for a record six straight weeks. Yamaguchi wrapped up the season as the only student-athlete in the nation to rank in the top 10 in the three major offensive categories (points per game, goals per game and assists per game). In 27 games, she registered 12 multi-point performances to lead the ACC.
Mami Yamaguchi addresses the crowd after being named the winner of the 2007 MAC Hermann Trophy.
The first runner-up on the women’s side was UCLA sophomore forward Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Texas A&M senior forward Ashlee Pistorius (Bloomington, Ill.) was the second runner-up. Connecticut’s O’Brian White received the honor on the men’s side.
The Missouri Athletic Club has been presenting college soccer’s players of the year awards since 1986. The MAC was established in 1903 as an athletic, dining and social club. It has a “Platinum Club of America” status, which is awarded to the top private clubs in the country.