LeiLanni Nesbeth, and her second-ranked Florida State University Women’s Soccer teammates stayed unbeaten on Thursday with a 1-0 win over No. 5 Duke.
The win over Duke ties Florida State’s second-longest winning streak to start a season with seven straight wins. With today’s win, Florida State is now on its second-longest ACC win streak (11) dating back to last season. It is also Florida State’s fifth shutout through seven games.
The game was tightly contested on both ends of the ball as it went scoreless until the 90th minute when junior Jaelin Howell scored her second goal of the season on a Yujie Zhao corner kick with 12 seconds left.
Duke controlled the possession in the first half of the game as they had the ball for 54 percent of the opening half. That did not lead to anything for Duke as Florida State led in the shots category 7-3. Duke did get two shots on goal but Florida State freshman goalkeeper Cristina Roque was able to come away with saves on both. Roque finished the game with a career-high three saves.
The second half was controlled by Florida State as they finished with 55 percent of the possession and outshot Duke 12-1. Florida State came out firing in the second half with six shots in the first 15 minutes, with two of them on goal. Duke’s keeper, Ruthie Jones did an impressive job of coming away with four saves on four good Florida State looks.
Florida State finished with 19 shots but only the last one mattered as Howell found the back of the net with 12 seconds on the clock.