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Sunday, November 05, 2023
Nesbeth & Florida State are ACC Championships

Leilanni Nesbeth’s teammate Onyi Echegini scores twice to lead first-ranked Florida State to a 2 - 1 victory over seventh-ranked Clemson for a fourth straight ACC Tournament Championship.

This marks the second time in program history Florida State has won four straight conference tournament championships.

The two teams faced each other in the regular season to open conference play back in September with Florida State storming back from two goals down to win 4-2 on the road. The road to the championship for Clemson included victories over Wake Forest and Notre Dame while Florida State used two second-half goals to defeat Pitt 2-0 in the Semi-Finals.

Florida State couldn't have gotten off to a better start as the lethal attacking duo of Echegini and Jordynn Dudley created yet another goal-scoring opportunity. Dudley drove through defenders across the face of goal before laying off a pass at the top of the box to Echegini who rifled a shot with precision and pace into the top left corner for the game's opening goal inside ten minutes. This was Echegini's 12th goal of the season and her sixth goal in the past six games.

Just before the half-hour mark Clemson earned the game's first corner kick and found the equalizer as Mackenzie Duff headed the ball at the back post which bounced through the melee in the box and into the net for a 1 - 1 game, Clemson were the first team to score against Florida State in over 300 minutes of action.

Florida State have proven to be one of the best second half teams in the nation as they've outscored opponents 39-4 in the second half this season. They're also one of the most opportunistic as a Clemson turnover in the back was picked up by Beata Olsson as she set up a low-steaming cross right to Echegini as she beat her defender and tucked away the goal to regain the lead. This marked her 35th career goal and sixth multi-goal game a Florida State uniform.
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