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LeiLanni Nesbeth receives multiple awards from Florida State University

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Leilanni Nesbeth pictured before the 2024 NWSL Draft in Anaheim

LeiLanni Nesbeth was among the Florida State University athletes to receive awards during the 30th Annual Golden Nole Awards Celebration at the Ruby Diamond Auditorium on the school’s campus on Sunday.

The Bermudian was the recipient of the Golden Nole for Soccer and was also presented with the ACC Top 6 Service Award for her services to the community.

Nesbeth did not attend the award ceremony as she was an unused substitute in her team Chicago Red Stars’ 2-1 win away to National Women’s Soccer League rivals Seattle Reign FC at Lumen Field.

Florida State University women’s team golfer Lottie Woad and baseball player James Tibbs III, were crowned Female and Male Athletes of the Year at the awards ceremony.

Senior midfielder 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 last December.

LeiLanni Nesbeth honoured by Florida State

It was the Bermudian’s second NCAA Championship title having also been a part of Florida State’s victorious 2021 squad.

In addition to her 15 goals and 14 assists in 89 appearances, Nesbeth’s accolades for her school also earned her spots on the 2023 NCAA Tournament All-Tournament Team and the ACC All-Conference Second Team in 2022 and 2023.

Nesbeth, who has represented Bermuda at under-17, under-20 and senior levels, fulfilled an ambition of playing professionally after officially signing with the Chicago Red Stars in March.

The 22-year-old was recruited in the first round by the club as the first non-American selected with the tenth overall pick after they made a deal with North Carolina Courage at the 2024 National Women’s Soccer League Draft in Anaheim, California, in January.

Nesbeth made her club debut in a 2-1 win over Seattle Reign in March when coming off the bench in the 79th minute as a replacement for goalscorer Julia Bianchi.

It is the only appearance she has made for the Red Stars to date.

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Published April 22, 2024 at 11:52 am (Updated April 22, 2024 at 11:53 am)

LeiLanni Nesbeth receives multiple awards from Florida State University

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