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Nesbeth and FSU hunt College Cup title

LeiLanni Nesbeth: Playing in the College Cup final tonight with Florida State University in California (File photograph by Lawrence Trott)

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.

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Published December 06, 2021 at 11:15 am (Updated December 06, 2021 at 11:15 am)

Nesbeth and FSU hunt College Cup title

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