The Division II playoff battle Oct. 14 between Tallmadge and Woodridge girls soccer pitted two of the area's youngest teams against each other.
It also was a contest between two teams who were mirror images of each other: Athletic and fans of a direct style of soccer.
In the end, Tallmadge advanced to the sectional final, but Woodridge has plenty to look forward to in its future.
A goal in the 19th minute proved to be the difference as Tallmadge eliminated Woodridge 1-0 at Rossiaky Stadium.
Tallmadge improved to 7-8-1 on the season and advanced to face Ravenna Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at Ravenna. Woodridge finished the season at 6-8-3.
Statistically, Tallmadge was in command of the game. The Lady Blue Devils finished with an 8-1 edge in shots on goal and a 10-2 edge in corner kicks.
Time and again, the Lady Blue Devils had plenty of space in front of them, only to be denied by some great covering runs from the Bulldog defense.
Bulldog goalkeeper Mary Bates also had an excellent game in net, cutting out numerous good chances for Tallmadge. Bates finished with six saves on the night.
Tallmadge's Jacquelyn Brown sent a corner kick in from the far side in the 19th minute.
The ball went into the six-yard box, was deflected by Alyssa Garbinsky and fell right to the feet of Sammy Williams.
The coach's daughter blasted a high shot into the net to make it 1-0.
Woodridge had a few late chances to find the equalizer off free kicks, but Tallmadge goalkeeper Annie Dreschler made a pair of saves to preserve the shutout.