Rapinoe and Lavelle, two of the most popular members of the U.S. women's national team, scored the goals that secured a fourth World Cup title for their country.
Social media loved that they pushed the team to victory. Rapinoe's fight for equality put her front and center, but her play on the pitch was just as important. Lavelle, meanwhile, saw her stock rise throughout the tournament, and she overcame a hamstring injury to play in the final.
Twitter erupted when Rapinoe rolled in a penalty during the 61st minute:
Twitter continued to lavish praise on Lavelle when she added an insurance marker eight minutes later:
Victory meant so many things to so many people: