Bridgeport did its best to stifle the high-powered Charleston Catholic boys attack, and for the most part it worked.
The Irish had scored at least three goals in every game they had played going back to the last week of September with two exceptions - a 3-3 tie against George Washington and a 2-0 sectional win against St. Joseph.
A large part of the game plan for the Indians revolved around slowing down Catholic's top scorer, senior Sam Revercomb.
Revercomb did finish with a goal and helped on a second goal in the Irish's 2-1 win, but Bridgeport coach Danny Hamrick said the plan was to keep Revercomb from taking over the game and that, for the most part, he thought it worked.
"He's going to beat you," Hamrick said. "He's that good but what you have to do is limit the times he beats you. I think we did pretty well today. There's no doubt he's going to beat you but you can't let him beat you repeatedly."
Bridgeport also accomplished something no team had done against the Irish since a 3-3 tie against Parkersburg on Oct. 9 - it scored.
Logan Lang's goal with just under four minutes to play was the first score Catholic had given up during the playoffs and ruined what would have been the 12th shutout of the year for the Irish.
When Bridgeport and Fairmont Senior meet for the Class AA-A girls state title today, it will be a matchup of teams with many similarities.
Both the Polar Bears and Indians dropped from Class AAA to AA this season, both play in the Big Ten Athletic Conference and both programs will be playing in a girls soccer state championship for the first time.
The schools, just 17 miles apart, met earlier this season, and the Indians got the better of the Bears in a 4-0 win in early October at Fairmont's East-West Stadium.
Fairmont Senior coach Debbie Cattafesta said Bridgeport coach John Reese told her after that game it would not be the last time the two rivals would meet this season, and he was right.
"After we played Bridgeport in Fairmont he said, 'We'll see you in the playoffs.' " she said. "He had it in his mind and I thought in the back of my mind, 'You're right. I'll see you there.' "
Cattafesta said the previous game against the Indians was one of the low points in her team's season and that she hopes what happened then might help to motivate her team in its most important game in the program's history.
"We had games when we were on and games when we were off," she said. "Unfortunately that was one of the games when we were off."