Fallston's 1-0 victory over Joppatowne Wednesday gave the Cougars the county boys soccer championship. But the win wasn't quite enough to give the Cougars a home-field advantage for this week's regional playoffs.
Since their 8-1-3 overall record was only good enough for the third-seeded spot in Class 2A, Region IV, the Cougars will have to travel to Salisbury for the opener.
Fallston will play number-two Parkside (12-0-0) at County Stadium in Salisbury Tuesday night at 6 p.m.
Havre de Grace and Joppatowne also earned playoff bids in Class 1A while C. Milton Wright may advance in Class 3A.
In the other Class 2A semifinal, top-seeded North East (12-0-0) hosts number-four Stephen Decatur (10-2-0). The title game will be played at the home of the higher seed Friday or Saturday night.
The Cougars finished their regular season with the victory over Joppatowne. Shane Dougherty scored the game-winner on a perfect crossing pass from Ernie Cardell with 5:57 left in the first half.
The Fallston victory dropped C. Milton Wright into second place, and gave the Cougars sole possession of the county title with a 5-0-2 league record.
In Class 1A, Havre de Grace has the top regional playoff berth and will host Rising Sun or Bohemia Manor. Joppatowne, seeded third, will head to number-two Perryville in the other semifinal.
Both semifinals are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. The championship game will probably be played Thursday at the home of the higher seed.
In Class 3A, C. Milton Wright hung on the brink of elimination Friday, but the Mustangs controlled their own fate.
If they could win Friday's game against Bel Air, the Mustangs would slip in and take the fourth and final playoff berth.
Wins over Lansdowne and Havre de Grace last week gave the Mustangs a 5-4-2 record, but a loss to Bel Air would give Elkton the final spot.
If C. Milton Wright can beat Bel Air, the Mustangs would travel to meet top-seeded Franklin (9-1), ranked No. 9 by The Sun.
In the other semifinal, number-three seeded Parville (8-3) is at second-seeded Catonsville (5-2-2). The championship game is set for Saturday at 6 p.m. at Catonsville Community College.
Regional winners will advance to the state semifinals set for Friday or Saturday Nov. 9 or 10 at various sites around the state.
The championship games are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17, at Old Mill High School in Anne Arundel County.