Atholton, a team that suddenly emerged into a soccer power this year, won the Region I, Class 2A boys soccer championship Saturday night at Thomas Johnson High School, beating Damascus, 3-1.
It was the school's first regional soccer title, and it boosted the team's record to 10-3-1, the best in school history.
The Raiders will play top-seeded Gwynn Park (12-1-1) of Prince Georges County in the state semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Quince Orchard High School in Montgomery County.
Atholton still hasn't lost a game outside the county this season.
The three games it has lost were each by 1-0 scores to Howard, Oakland Mills and Centennial, the top three teams in The Sun's poll.
Saturday against Damascus -- a team Atholton had beaten earlier this season 2-1 -- the Raiders had to overcome a fast Damascus midfield.
"Damascus played a good hustling game," Atholton coach Reg Hahne said.
"But the majority of the time, we outplayed them because we had better skills."
Atholton led 1-0 at halftime on a goal by Tim Witcome.
"Damascus tried to clear, and Witcome kicked it in from 25 yards," Hahne said.
In the second half, Atholton made it 2-0 on a header by Todd Bradford off a throw-in by Tony Dedmond.
Damascus came right back with a goal, but the Raiders scored a clinching third goal by Dedmond.
"Their goalie was pretty short, and all three of our goals went over his head," Hahne said. Dedmond now has 13 goals and 10 assists this season, and has been Atholton's major offensive weapon.
"Greg O'Shea (sweeper) played a great game for us," Hahne said.
Atholton reached the regional final with a 3-1 victory Oct. 30 over Middletown.
Middletown scored first in that game in the eighth minute. Atholton tied it in the 20th minute on a goal by David Kelly off a Dedmond throw-in.
Atholton took the lead, 2-1, helped by a spectacular play by Witcome, who dribbled the length of the field. His shot was blocked, but Dedmond followed it up for a score. It was 2-1 at halftime.
"Middletown played great in the second half, but we contained them," Hahne said.
Kelly scored the third goal on a header off a free kick by Phil Lazzari.
"Gwynn Park ought to be good. They're the top seed," Hahne said. "We're playing well, so we'll just have to see how we do Saturday."