Top 20 Moments: #9 – Two National Freshmen of the Year
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 19 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. 9 when Florida State’s Amanda DaCosta and Sanna Talonen were named National Freshman of the Year in 2007.
The 2007 season may go down as one of the most memorable years in school history. Not only did Florida State play in the national championship game for the first time in school history, but the Seminoles were recognized with the MAC Hermann Trophy Winner and two National Freshmen of the Year.
Amanda DaCosta and Sanna Talonen were named National Freshman of the Year by Soccer Buzz and Soccer America, respectively.
DaCosta started all 27 games in her first season at Florida State and finished third on the team with 21 points on six goals and nine assists. The Katonah, N.Y., native garnered second team All-ACC and ACC All-Freshman team honors becoming only the second freshman at FSU to earn a spot on both league teams in the same year. DaCosta’s nine assists sit as the second most all-time among Seminole freshman. She finished the season tied for seventh in the ACC in assists per game. Three of DaCosta’s six goals were game-winners including the decisive goal in a 3-2 victory over Notre Dame in the College Cup semifinals.
Talonen set FSU’s freshman single-season records for shots (68), points (42), goals (18) and game-winning goals (6), while tying the all-time single-season school record for postseason points (17) and goals (8). The native of Finland led the ACC with six game-winning goals and finished in the top 10 in the ACC in points per game, goals per game and shots per game. Talonen finished the season with six multiple point performances and five multi-goal games including two hat tricks in the NCAA Tournament. One of those hat tricks came against Connecticut in a 3-2 Florida State victory in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
DaCosta and Talonen helped the Seminoles to an 18-6-3 record in 2007 including a mark of 6-2-2 in the ACC, good for a second place tie in the league standings.