"To see our Rose on the center stage and achieving her dream -- and I pray that she stays healthy and strong and just keeps moving forward with it -- it's overwhelming," said Jackie Welling at a watch party for the group phase showdown against Chile. "It's really hard to say how fabulous it is. We're so happy and so proud of her."
Lavelle's hometown was watching as she played her heart out in the World Cup final game Sunday morning, and sunk the goal seen 'round the world.
“It was really special," said Mark Schenkel, Mount Notre Dame athletic director. "To see one of the most humble athletes to ever wear an MND uniform perform on the world stage the way that she did is incredible. I couldn’t be happier for her.”
Sunday, the stakes were high and the stadium in Lyon was packed -- but the U.S. team was ready.
A few formation tricks from the Dutch team may have thrown the U.S. ladies for a loop in the first few moments of the game, but they adapted and played with aggressive offense, dominating possession for the first half of the game. Despite no score at halftime, Rapinoe's converted penalty kick and Lavelle's goal in the 69th minute both certainly cemented a solid U.S. lead.
"It's crazy honestly," said Jessica Getz, a fan watching the game from Rhinehaus. "Every girl dreams of that. Every soccer player as a kid thinks 'that's going to be me one day.'"
Lavelle echoed those same sentiments when the U.S. team prepared to face down Chile in June.
"It's, I think, really cool to see how it's kind of come full circle," she said. "I've always had players that I looked up to growing up. So now to be somebody that someone can look up to is really cool."