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Yujie Zhao

#33

Player profile

position
Midfielder
height
5'6"
year
Freshman
hometown
Shanghai, China
high school
Youji

CAREER ACCOLADES:

* United Soccer Coaches All-Atlantic Region Third Team (2019)
* All-ACC First Team (2019)
* MAC Herman Trophy Watch List (2019)
* NCAA National Champion (2018)
* TopDrawerSoccer National Freshman of the Year (2018)
* United Soccer Coaches All-American Second Team (2018)
* United Soccer Coaches All-Atlantic Region First Team (2018)
* ACC Freshman of the Year (2018)
* All-ACC First Team (2018)
* ACC All-Freshman Team
* TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week (Sept. 4, 2018; November 20, 2018)
* ACC Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 4, 2018)

2019 HIGHLIGHTS:

* Played in and started all 24 matches of2019 in the midfield.
* Finished third on the team in points with 16.
* Was fourth on the team in minutes played with 1,973.
* Finished the season second on the team in assists with six and tied for third in goals with five.
* Scored the game-winning goal against Florida (9/6) on an assist from Jaelin Howell.
* Backed that game up with her assist of the season against Samford (9/8).
* Put two in the back of the net at Villanova (9/15) in Florida State’s 5-0 win. It was her first career two-goal game.
* Earned points on both Florida State goals at No. 9 Clemson (9/26). Gave the Seminoles a 1-0 lead with her goal in the 11th minute. Helped expand the Seminole lead to 2-0 with a nice cross to Deyna Castellanos for the assist.
* Earned an assist to Castellanos in FSU’s 1-0 win at Syracuse (9/29).
* Assisted Castellanos on Florida State’s first goal against Virginia Tech (10/10).
* Scored her fifth goal of the season against Miami (10/18) in FSU’s 3-0 win. It was her second game-winning goal of the season,
* Assisted on both of Kristen McFarland’s goal in the NCAA Tournament opener against South Alabama (11/16).

2018 HIGHLIGHTS:

* Played in 26 matches as a freshman and tallied 23 starts in the midfield
* Shined in her first year of collegiate soccer, earning TopDrawerSoccer National Freshman of the Year honors and ACC Freshman of the Year honors as she ranked second on the team with 19 points on seven goals and five assists.
* Recorded four game-winning goals – at Wisconsin (August 23), South Alabama (September 9), Wake Forest (October 7) and No. 20 USF (November 16) – as the Seminoles won their second NCAA National Championship in school history.
* Scored a goal in each of her first two shots of the season – versus Troy and at Wisconsin.
* Had a career day against No. 2 UCLA on September 2, recording a goal and two assists as the Seminoles defeated the Bruins, 4-1.
* Assisted on Kaycie Tillman’s game-winning goal at Notre Dame on September 27.
* Tallied goals in back-to-back conference matches against Wake Forest (October 7) and NC State (October 12).
* Converted the final penalty kick against No. 6 USC on November 18 as FSU topped the Trojans, 5-4, in the shootout to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals.
* Gave a great pass to Deyna Castellanos on November 23 as her goal gave the Noles a 1-0 win over No. 14 Penn State and sent Florida State to the 2018 College Cup for the 10th time in program history.

CLUB:

* Competed for Shanghai Youth Women’s Team
* Champion of the U-18 National Games
* 2016 Champion of the WeiFang CFA International Women’s Youth Football Tournament
* 2015 Champion at China Youth National Games
* MVP and Champion of China National U-15 League

CHINESE NATIONAL TEAM:

* Competed at 2018 U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup and scored a goal against Haiti in China’s 2-1 win.
* Placed third at the 2015 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-16 Women’s Championship
* Champion of AFC U-14 Girls Regional Championship
* Runner-up and MVP at AFC U-13 Girls Regional Championship

PERSONAL:

* Daughter of Shuangxi Zhao
* Pursuing a degree in Exercise Science