TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Facilitating the Florida State offense and defense through her play in the midfield in a scoreless draw against No. 7 USC and a dominant 4-1 win over No. 2 UCLA, freshman Yujie Zhao was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Week and earned a spot on the TopDrawerSoccer National Team of the Week, as announced on Tuesday. She tallied a goal and two assists on the week as Florida State remained unbeaten on the season with a 5-0-1 record.
Zhao was outstanding in the midfield for the Seminoles on Friday as Florida State limited the Trojans to just six total shots, including four in regulation, which was USC’s lowest output since its season opener in 2015.
On Sunday against UCLA, Zhao was instrumental in directing the offense that broke down the Bruin defense for four goals on the night. The Shanghai, China native opened the scoring with an assist on Anna Patten’s goal in the 12th minute and also assisted on Kristen McFarland’s goal just minutes into the second half.
Her goal in the 89th minute stopped any chance of a UCLA comeback as she lined a shot from 25 yards into the upper corner for the 4-1 final score.
For the season, Zhao leads the team with eight points on three goals and two assists, and has an outstanding .857 shot-on-goal percentage through the first six games of the season.
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ACC Players of the Week – September 4
Offensive – Yujie Zhao, MF, Fr., Florida State
Defensive – Nonie Frishette, GK, Sr., Wake Forest
TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week – September 4
GK Nonie Frishette, Wake Forest
D Gianna Mitchell, Boston College
D Alyssa Malonson, Auburn
D Julia Ashley, North Carolina
D Meaghan Nally, Georgetown
D Ally Prisock, USC
MF Grace Piper, Texas A&M
MF Meg Halvorson, Denver
MF Yujie Zhao, Florida State
F Katie McClure, Kansas
F Cory Griffith, Valparaiso