William Smith claimed their second National Championship as they defeated Trinity 2-0 at Toyota Field on Saturday afternoon.
It was their first title since 1988 and there were certainly parallels, "The great link between the two (championship) teams was leadership." said William Smith head coach Aliceann Wilber, "just like 1988 this team has been a very forward thinking group. In my experience if you don't have good leadership you get ordinary very quickly."
"It hurts to get so close," said Trinity coach Lance Key, "and to just mismanage it, and really we didn't mismanage the whole game but just a couple of plays and that hurt us."
It was the first time Trinity were shutout since 2011 when Ithaca defeated them in the quarter-finals and was their only loss of the season.
"If we were going to lose one game," said Trinity striker Kelsey Falcone, "I'd rather lose in the final than lose a game early in the season."
With four seniors, Trinity will be back in 2014 with a very strong side, so they may not have to wait long for that elusive title.
Trinity had a good free kick opportunity to open the half in the 4th minute as Kelsey Falcone got on the end of the ball in but it was cleared away by the William Smith defense.
Poor defensive work from Trinity allowed William Smith to hit the lead just 11 minutes in as Madeline Buckley was left wide open allowing her a simple tap-in for the opener.
"We've been tempting fate giving up early goals in this tournament," said Trinity coach Lance Key, "and this time it hurt us."
After being rattled by the goal a series of free-kicks allowed trinity opportunities 20 minutes in but William Smith packed the box, allowing them to remove the trinity threat.
Trinity came close in the 28th minute as Emily Jorgen's ball forced a desparate clearance for a corner, that allowed Jorgens to step up and cross in to the box where she found Yasmeen Farras who couldn't keep her volley down as it headed over the bar.
Trinity were creating plenty of chances throughout the final 20 minutes, but they were really only half chances against a packed Herons defense that continued to hold on well.
Jorgens nearly got her Division III assist record in the 42nd minute as she was able to burst through her defender and find an on rushing Falcone who could only hit her header right at the keeper.
Shelby Guenthardt had a good chance in the 42nd minute as a deflected ball fell to her feet and she shot from 20 yards but Chelsea Dunay dealt with it.
On the stroke of half-time Jorgens let rip with a shot from distance but was denied by an impressive Dunay save to keep the Herons up 1-0 at the break.
In the 53rd minute Trinity's offense again allowed space as Krista Longo was able to hit a powerful strike from the penalty spot and bounce the ball off the bar and down, over the line to all but seal the title for the Herons.
Trinity's fans were incensed in the 59th minute when it appeared that there was a hand ball in the box but the referee called nothing.
In the 62nd minute the championship should have been sealed for William Smith as Kara Shue was put clean through after a defensive error allowed her the chance which she snatched at and set the ball wide.
Osegueda saved the day in the 70th minute as Longo came running through on goal after a collision between two Trinity defenders allowed Longo through but Osegueda came out to clear the ball just in time.