It was a spirited effort, but the Blue Devils came up just a little short.

The host Tallmadge boys soccer team finished 1-4-1 in the Suburban League American Conference after losing to Highland 5-4 Saturday at Thomas Rossiaky Stadium.

The Blue Devils (7-6-1) trailed 2-0 before tying the game. They also tied the game at three early in the second half.

Justin Betts and Nick Hussing each had two goals and one assist and Jason Betts had two assists for the Blue Devils.

The Hornets had a 16-9 advantage in shots on goal and a commanding 13-2 edge in corner kicks.

Tallmadge goalkeeper Sam Weyandt made 11 saves.