Nesbeth and FSU hunt College Cup title
LeiLanni Nesbeth and her Florida State University team will play in tonight’s NCAA College Cup championship final in Santa Clara, California against BYU.
FSU, the No. 1 ranked team, defeated Ruthgers 1-0 on Friday night with Jaelin Howell scoring in the 71st minute on a rebound following a corner kick.
BYU got by the defending national champions, Santa Clara, in a shoot-out later on Friday night. Florida State won national titles in 2014 and 2018 and are playing for their twelfth College Cup.
"We knew that Rutgers was going to be a great team and we had to stay patient throughout the course of the game, and I thought we did a good job of that," Howell said.
"We were a little sloppy in the first half, but came out composed in the second half and we knew that things were going to open up if we played together and had patience. So when that goal came, I was just excited to contribute."
Florida State made it to last season's College Cup final, which was played in May after the coronavirus pandemic postponed the 2020 season. Santa Clara won the title on penalties after a 1-1 draw.