PENINSULA — It has been a trying season for the Tallmadge girls soccer team.
The Blue Devils didn’t win a single Suburban League American Conference game and they had a few setbacks they would have loved to have back.
The Tallmadge players aren’t moaning and groaning about the past now, though. That’s because the Blue Devils have at least one more game to play.
Ninth-seeded Tallmadge defeated eighth-seeded Woodridge 1-0 in a Kent Division II sectional semifinal game Monday at Bulldog Stadium in Peninsula.
With the win, the Blue Devils improved to 7-9 overall. The Bulldogs finished 5-10-2.
Senior forward Kate Hussing scored the lone goal for Tallmadge with a little less than 11 minutes left in the game.
Hussing got some room on the right side and blasted a left-footed shot into the upper corner of the net from approximately 25 yards away. Woodridge sophomore goalkeeper Emma Stekelenburg had no chance.
Hussing’s goal took place after she had a shot hit the post from the opposite side some five minutes earlier.
The Bulldogs had their best chance approximately 13 minutes into the match.
Junior midfielder/defender Madison Karlo played the ball to the right side near the feet of junior forward/attacking midfielder Katelyn Austin, who beat Blue Devils’ goalie Maryn Montgomery to the ball. Austin poked a shot toward the left side and it appeared to be heading past the line.
That is, until Tallmadge freshman defender Maddie Davis came out of nowhere to clear the ball right as it approached the line.
The Blue Devils had control of the ball for the majority of the first half and the Bulldogs dominated possession, particularly in the first 20 minutes, after halftime.
Montgomery finished with six saves and Stekelenburg made three stops. Woodridge had a 6-4 advantage in shots on goal and a 5-3 edge in corner kicks.
What is Tallmadge’s reward for pulling off its mild upset? The Blue Devils have a date at top-seeded Copley in a sectional title game this Thursday at 7 p.m.