LeiLanni Nesbeth helps Florida State to 12th straight win
Bermudian LeiLanni Nesbeth had two assists from corners as top-ranked Florida State University extended their winning streak to 12 this season with a 5-0 home win over Syracuse on Thursday night.
It was the Seminoles’ seventh shutout of the season and the eighth time this season they have scored four or more goals. Also, 17 different players have scored for them this season, breaking their previous record from 2012, Amelia Horton becoming that seventeenth player when she opened the scoring with the first goal of her college career.
Nesbeth supplied the important cross from a corner in the 36th minute which found the head of Emily Madril before it rebounded to Gianna Mitchell before Horton applied the finishing touch.
The second half proved more productive for the home team with four goals coming from three different players to seal another impressive victory. The lead was doubled in the 52nd minute when, from a Clara Robbins throw-in to the feet of Jody Brown in the final third, Brown fed the ball back to Robbins whose shot found the bottom left corner of the net. It was her fifth goal of the season.
Nesbeth was involved again from a corner, this time her near-post ball in the 62nd minute was headed into her own goal by a Syracuse defender as she challenged Madril.
Less than two minutes later, Kirsten Pavlisko scored her fourth goal of the season off of a cross from Brown. The Jamaican placed the ball inside the 18-yard box for Pavlisko to run on and take a quick touch before scoring with a shot that went in off the post.
Maria Alagoa closed out the scoring with her fourth goal of the season in the 85th minute. After stripping a Syracuse defender of the ball, Alagoa took on two defenders before placing her shot into the right side of the net from outside the 18-yard box.
Florida State are back in action tomorrow afternoon at the Seminole Soccer Complex against the Miami Hurricanes.