The Norwalk girls scratched out a 1-0 victory over Sandusky on Wednesday afternoon at the Venice Heights Soccer Complex in Sandusky.
"We were on our game tonight," Norwalk coach James Igneczi said. "Everyone played with a purpose -- to win. Our defense was strong. Our midfield worked hard. And our forwards scored. It was a team effort."
Carley Wright scored for the Truckers (7-5-1) in the 27th minute on an assist by Caroline Blackwood.
"I told our girls after the match, 'You played with one of the best teams in the area,'" Sandusky (8-5-2) coach Mark Fogg said. "We're proud of them. We left nothing on the field."
Despite the disappointment of losing, Fogg said, the Streaks saw positive steps this season.
"We've come such a long way this year," he said. "To play so well against a quality team means a lot to us."
Norwalk goalkeeper Amy Beier had seven saves, while Sandusky junior Rachel Luttman stopped 12.
"We knew how big this match was with the tournament draw coming up," Fogg said. "We haven't had too many big games, but our girls handed it really well."
The Ohio High School Athletic Association's tournament draw is Sunday at 2 p.m. Norwalk and Sandusky are in the same sectional tournament at Madison Comprehensive High School in Mansfield. Ashland, Lexingtoin, Madison, Mansfield Senior and Marion Harding are also in the sectional.
Sandusky hosts the new Lorain Titans at 11 a.m. Saturday.