Leilanni Nesbeth and her No. 1 Florida State University (FSU) Women's Soccer teammates cruised to a 5 - 0 victory over Ohio Valley Conference Champion Morehead State in front of over 1,600 fans at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
FSU improved to 22-0-1 all-time in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and to 56-2-1 at home during the NCAA Tournament., now outscoring their opponents 169-23 at home in the NCAA Tournament.
FSU is now unbeaten in their last 18 games which is the third-longest streak in school history behind 24 games in the 2014-15 seasons and 20 games in the 2021-22 seasons. FSU also broke the school record for the longest unbeaten streak to start a season by not losing in their last 18 games.
Sitting back on defense, Ohio Valley made life difficult for Florida State in the first 15 minutes as the FSU got off just one shot. FSU began to find some rhythm as Onyi Echegini rocketed a shot that was saved in the 19th minute. Jordynn Dudley got a chance just two minutes later, but her shot went off the right post. Nesbeth took her turn and fired a shot from beyond the 18-yard box that went off the crossbar. After having just two shots in 15 minutes, FSU responded with five shots between the 19th minute and the 25th minute.
FSU finally broke through in the 35th minute as Leah Pais dished it off to Sophia Nguyen who sent it across the box for Olivia Garcia who placed a perfect header into the back of the net for her third goal of the season. Just four minutes later, FSU earned a free kick, and Ran Iwai sent a perfect ball to the backpost for Peyton Nourse who converted for her third goal of the season giving FSU a 2-0 lead at the half.
FSU continued their first half ways in the second half, and they struck again in the 52nd minute as Echegini dished it off to Lauren Flynn who scored her fifth goal in the last six games.
FSU added two more goals in the 76th minute and the 88th minute as Jody Brown and Beata Olsson each picked up goals to give FSU even more insurance. Leah Pais and Maggie Taitano picked up assists on Brown's goal while Iwai picked up her second assist of the night on Olsson's goal.
FSU outshot Ohio Valley 31-2 and held a team under five shots for the eighth time this season while recording their 10th shutout of the season. This is the sixth consecutive season that FSU has recorded 10 or more shutouts.