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LeiLanni Nesbeth wins NCAA Championship with Florida State

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LeiLanni Nesbeth and her Florida State team-mates captured a fourth NCAA Championship title with a 5-1 win over Stanford in the final tonight

LeiLanni Nesbeth ended her college career in a blaze of glory after helping Florida State University clinch a fourth NCAA Championship title and their third in the past six seasons.

The senior midfielder played an integral part as the Seminoles prevailed 5-1 over Stanford in the final at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, last night.

“It’s unexplainable,” Nesbeth said.

“College has been rough, man. College has been hard and I genuinely would not have been able to do it without a school that believed in me and my team-mates who believed in me.

“I am so, so, so grateful for them. I thank God for them every single day and I love them so much.

“This is a bittersweet moment as this is my last time, but it’s an unforgettable moment. I’ve got family my here and my family back home who have supported me.

LeiLanni Nesbeth celebrates with her father, Gauntlet Nesbeth, left, and brother, Gianni Nesbeth (Photograph supplied)

“This is an unforgettable game, an unforgettable group and I am forever indebted to this programme.”

Jody Brown led the charge for the tournament top seeds with two goals with forwards Jordynn Dudley, Beata Olsson and midfielder Onyi Echegini each scoring one.

Midfielder Maya Doms replied for Stanford with the only goal Florida conceded in the entire tournament.

“Dudley gave the Seminoles the lead in the 29th minute from the penalty spot after she was brought down in the area.

Brown then doubled Florida State’s advantage 29 seconds later after dispatching Echegini’s pass into the back of the net after a fluent counter-attack down the middle to earn her a team a comfortable lead at the half.

Doms pulled one back for Stanford in the 52nd minute, but Florida State were back in full control when Olsson restored their two-goal advantage seven minutes later after converting on a breakaway.

The senior forward then turned provider after slipping a short pass which Brown’s buried for her second goal of the match.

With the title all but secured, Echegini put the icing on the cake in the 85th minute with her sixteenth goal of the season after flicking the ball over Stanford goalkeeper Ryan Campbell, who was left stranded off her line.

National women’s team player Nesbeth leaves the women’s Division I college football scene with two NCAA Championship titles under her belt after also being a part of Florida State’s victorious 2021 squad.

The Seminoles remained unbeaten this season and clinched their spot in the NCAA Tournament after edging Atlantic Coast Conference rivals Clemson 2-1 in the conference championship final on November 5.

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Published December 05, 2023 at 7:59 am (Updated December 05, 2023 at 7:59 am)

LeiLanni Nesbeth wins NCAA Championship with Florida State

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