Nesbeth Scores Florida State Winner in ACC Championship
Nesbeth Celebrates her Winner
LeiLanni Nesbeth and her Women’s Soccer teammates are ACC Champions for the seventh time in program history with a 3-2 win over No. 1 North Carolina.
Florida State were led on the afternoon by Clara Robbins and Nesbeth who were a part of all three Florida State goals.
Florida State jumped out of the gate on fire, scoring two goals in the first six minutes of the game, both by Robbins. It all started one minute and 19 seconds into the game on a corner kick.
Kristina Lynch got a hold of the ball in the first minute and pressured the Carolina defense, resulting in a corner kick for FSU just 44 seconds into the game. Nesbeth served in a perfect ball on the corner kick that was deflected by Kristen McFarland before getting to Clara Robbins who would knock it into the back of the goal, giving Florida State and early 1-0 lead.
Just four minutes later Robbins would do it again, this time from distance. It was all started by Gabby Carle who possessed the ball on the right side of the field near the midfield line. Carle passed it up the sideline to Nesbeth who cut towards the center of the field before passing it along to Robbins about 25 yards from the net. Robbins would take a few steps before launching a rocket from 20 yards out off of the right post and into the back of the net, giving Florida State a 2-0 lead.
Florida State came out quickly in the second half to extend their lead to 3-0. Florida State scored just a minute and 12 seconds into the half on a Nesbeth goal, assisted by Robbins. Nesbeth passed it to Robbins who with a one-touch pass got it back to Nesbeth. Nesbeth squeezed the ball between the UNC keeper and the bottom right corner to get her fifth goal of the season.
North Carolina narrowed the FSU lead with a goal in the 59th minute. The goal came on a penalty kick by Rachel Jones after a Kristina Lynch handball in the box lead to the PK.
In the 89th minute, North Carolina would score again to narrow the Florida State lead to one, but that would not be enough as Florida State would win 3-2 and their seventh ACC Championship in program history.