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LeiLanni Nesbeth and Florida State upset top seeds Virginia to clinch conference title

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Title delight: LeiLanni Nesbeth poses with the Atlantic Coast Conference trophy
Utter jubilation: LeiLanni Nesbeth (13) celebrates with her Florida State Seminole team-mates after their 1-0 victory over top seeds Virginia
Title delight: LeiLanni Nesbeth (13) celebrates with her Florida State Seminole team-mates after their 1-0 victory over top seeds Virginia

Leilanni Nesbeth and her Florida State Seminole team-mates have been crowned Atlantic Coast Conference champions for the second successive season.

Having edged Wake Forest in a 2-1 victory in overtime to reach the final, the second-ranked Seminoles went on to clinch their eighth conference title in 11 seasons after overcoming top seeds Virginia 1-0.

The Seminoles took the lead in the tenth minute courtesy of Clara Robbins’s sixth goal of the season. Picking up possession 30 yards from goal, Robbins – who was named the ACC Tournament MVP – turned and unleashed an unstoppable shot past the reach of the Virginia custodian.

Virginia started the second half with greater intensity, creating numerous chances and shots on goal. However, despite finding themselves under intense pressure, Florida State defended doggedly to clinch victory and book their spot in the NCAA Tournament.

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Published November 09, 2021 at 8:09 am (Updated November 09, 2021 at 8:09 am)

LeiLanni Nesbeth and Florida State upset top seeds Virginia to clinch conference title

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