Armenta becomes first woman to play in HBCU D1 football gameJackson State University looked to the women’s soccer team for support.
They turned to Leilani Armenta, a freshman defender on the women’s soccer team who possessed high school experience, serving as a placekicker for Saint Bonaventure High School in California.In her varsity career at Saint Bonaventure, Armenta made 98 out of 105 PAT attempts (2 blocked) and made all 5 of her field goal attempts. She also tallied a total of 3,552 kickoff yards, including 2 touchbacks and 3 onside kick recoveries. Her skills earned her five county kicking records.
“Our back was against the wall, and I had to find somebody,” Taylor said. “I talked to Dr. Ted (Flogaites), our championship (women’s) soccer coach, and they had a young lady we call now ‘L.L.’”
Armenta became the first woman in HBCU Division 1 history to appear in a game when she booted the opening kick-off against Bethune-Cookman.
“I talked to her the first day I got her out there for practice,” said Taylor. “She understood the responsibility. I also talked to her parents. They were very excited. She loves the game of football.”
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When Armenta appeared on the field for Jackson State on Saturday, she became the first woman to suit up for the Tigers in program history.