Providence University College's women's soccer team is coming home from Florida with a national championship trophy in their carry-on.
The Pilots were seeded No. 2 heading into the National Christian College Athletic Association's (NCCAA) Divison II national championship tournament in Kissimmee, Florida. The tournament consisted of a single playoff game for the four teams involved, with the winner of the first game advancing to the championship game.
Providence took on Toccoa Falls College Screaming Eagles on Thursday. Paige Heide put the Pilots on the board just nine minutes and 42 seconds into the game. The Screaming Eagles responded at 45:46 to tie the game.
The teams would play to a 1-1 draw through regular time and the game went into penalty kicks. The Pilots kept cool through the shootout and scored twice, winning 3-1.
They faced off against the No. 1 Great Lakes Christian College Crusaders in the final on Saturday afternoon. The Pilots faced the top team with confidence and Ava Temple opened the scoring at 57:24. Laurianne Chiasson had the assist on the opening goal.
The Pilots added an insurance marker at 70:10 from Jordyn Briggs, assisted by Kathryn Tierney. That proved to be enough, with the Pilots winning 2-0.
Prov played a defensively tight game, allowing only two shots on goalkeeper Amalia Major who picked up the shutout in the championship game.