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The NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer national championship trophy is coming home to the Point!

defeated Washburn on Saturday in the national title game, 1-0, to win the university’s first NCAA national title in any sport. Emma Thrapp’s header in the 53rd minute off a Grace Nelson corner kick proved to be the difference, as the Sea Lions kept their fifth-straight shutout in the postseason on their way to a first-ever national championship.

Julia Pinnell made three saves in goal to keep Washburn scoreless, as the sophomore goalkeeper did not allow a goal in her last 915 minutes and 35 seconds played in 2023.
The Sea Lions outshot the Ichabods 10-3 in the first half and nearly broke the deadlock on multiple occasions, with Nicki Friedman forcing a diving save and Bethany Arabe nearly beating the goalkeeper at the near post after slithering past a couple defenders.

Pinnell, just as she did in Thursday’s semifinal victory over Florida Tech, made a huge one-v-one save in the first half to keep the game scoreless.

Then in the second half, it didn’t take long for ¹ú²ú¾çÂ鶹¾ç to take the lead, as Thrapp stepped up to put the Sea Lions in front.

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 Thrapp, often the team’s corner kick taker, this time left the honors to Nelson, who lofted an inch-perfect cross to the back post for the Second Team All-American to score what proved to be the game-winner.
Her fifth game-winning goal of the season was more than enough, as ¹ú²ú¾çÂ鶹¾ç lowered its goals against average to 0.52 with a 13th shutout on the year, holding Washburn to just eight shots over 90 minutes.

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Thrapp was named the NCAA Championships Most Valuable Player. She was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Pinnell, Arabe and Alana Diaz.

Point Loma (17-3-1 overall) sets a new program record for most wins in a single season in its NCAA era, while finishing the year on an 11-game winning streak, tied for the longest in program history.

Upon their return back to San Diego, the team was greeted with a surprise welcome home celebration from a crowd of ¹ú²ú¾çÂ鶹¾ç fans, eager to celebrate their success.

¹ú²ú¾çÂ鶹¾ç Women's Soccer with their fans upon their return back home